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List of famous translators, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top translators in the world? This includes the most prominent translators, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable translators is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic translators were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned translators.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known translators to the lesser known translators of today, these are some of the best professionals in the translator field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous translators ever?" and "What are the names of famous translators?" then you're in the right place. 
Jorge Luis Borges is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Translators
Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo (; Spanish: [ˈboɾxes] (listen); 24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986) was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in ...more

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Nostradamus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Translators
Michel de Nostredame (depending on the source, 14 or 21 December 1503 – 1 or 2 July 1566), usually Latinised as Nostradamus, was a French astrologer, physician and reputed seer, who is best ...more

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Charles Baudelaire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Translators
Charles Pierre Baudelaire (UK: , US: ; French: [ʃaʁl bodlɛʁ] (listen); 9 April 1821 – 31 August 1867) was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering ...more

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Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Translators
John Anthony Burgess Wilson, (; 25 February 1917 – 22 November 1993), who published under the name Anthony Burgess, was an English writer and composer. Although Burgess was predominantly a comic ...more

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Whittaker Chambers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Translators
Whittaker Chambers, born Jay Vivian Chambers (April 1, 1901 – July 9, 1961), was an American writer-editor and former Communist spy who in 1948 testified about Communist espionage, thereafter ...more
Samuel Beckett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Translators
Samuel Barclay Beckett (; 13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, theatre director, poet, and literary translator. A resident of Paris for most ...more

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Fernando Pessoa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Translators
Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa (Portuguese: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃du pɨˈsoɐ]; 13 June 1888 – 30 November 1935), commonly known as Fernando Pessoa, was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, ...more

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Alan Hollinghurst is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Translators
Alan James Hollinghurst FRSL (born 26 May 1954) is an English novelist, poet, short story writer and translator. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1989 Somerset Maugham ...more
Bruce Benderson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Translators
Bruce Benderson (born August 6, 1946) is an American author, born to Jewish parents of Russian descent, who lives in New York. He attended William Nottingham High School (1964) in Syracuse, New ...more
Paul Bowles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Translators
Paul Frederic Bowles (; December 30, 1910 – November 18, 1999) was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator. He became associated with Tangier, where he settled in 1947 and lived ...more

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Hitoshi Igarashi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Translators
Hitoshi Igarashi (五十嵐 一, Igarashi Hitoshi, 10 June 1947 – 12 July 1991) was a Japanese scholar of Arabic and Persian literature and history and the Japanese translator of Salman Rushdie's novel ...more
Ali Khamenei is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Translators
Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei (Persian: سید علی حسینی خامنه‌ای‎, pronounced [ʔæˈliː hosejˈniː xɒːmeneˈʔiː] (listen); born 19 April 1939) is a Twelver Shia Marja' and the second and current ...more
Gao Xingjian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Translators
Gao Xingjian (born January 4, 1940) is a Chinese émigré novelist, playwright, and critic who in 2000 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature "for an oeuvre of universal ...more
Daryl Hine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Translators
William Daryl Hine was a Canadian poet and translator.
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasaga... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Translators
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar CIE (26 September 1820 – 29 July 1891), born Ishwar Chandra Bandyopadhyay (Ishshor Chôndro Bôndopaddhae), was a Bengali polymath from the Indian ...more
Adolfo Bioy Casares is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Translators
Adolfo Bioy Casares (Spanish pronunciation: [aˈðolfo ˈβjoi kaˈsaɾes]; September 15, 1914 – March 8, 1999) was an Argentine fiction writer, journalist, and translator. He was a friend and ...more
Samuil Marshak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Translators
Samuil Yakovlevich Marshak (alternative spelling: Samuil Yakovlevich Marchak) (Russian: Самуи́л Я́ковлевич Марша́к; 3 November [O.S. 22 October] 1887 – 4 July 1964) was a Russian and Soviet ...more
Stefan George is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Translators
Stefan Anton George (German: [ˈʃtɛfan ˈantoːn ɡeˈɔʁɡə]; 12 July 1868 – 4 December 1933) was a German symbolist poet and a translator of Dante Alighieri, William Shakespeare, and Charles

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Dorothy L. Sayers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Translators
Dorothy L. Sayers
Dorothy Leigh Sayers (; 13 June 1893 – 17 December 1957) was an English crime writer and poet. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a ...more
Czesław Miłosz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Translators
Czesław Miłosz (, also US: , Polish: [ˈtʂɛswaf ˈmiwɔʂ] (listen); 30 June 1911 – 14 August 2004) was a Polish-American poet, prose writer, translator, and diplomat. Regarded as one of the great ...more
Carmen Zapata is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Translators
Carmen Margarita Zapata (July 15, 1927 – January 5, 2014) often referred to as "The First Lady of the Hispanic Theater" was an American actress best known for her role in the PBS ...more
John Dos Passos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Translators
John Roderigo Dos Passos (; January 14, 1896 – September 28, 1970) was an American novelist, most notable for his U.S.A. trilogy. Born in Chicago, Dos Passos graduated from Harvard College in ...more

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X. J. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Translators
X. J. Kennedy (born Joseph Charles Kennedy on August 21, 1929, in Dover, New Jersey) is an American poet, translator, anthologist, editor, and author of children's literature and textbooks on ...more
Douglas Gordon Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Translators
Douglas Gordon "D. G." Jones (January 1, 1929 – March 6, 2016) was a Canadian poet, translator and educator.Born in Bancroft, Ontario, Jones was educated at the private school of ...more
Peter Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Translators
Peter Cole is a MacArthur-winning poet and translator who lives in Jerusalem and New Haven. Cole was born in 1957 in Paterson, New Jersey. He attended Williams College and Hampshire College, and ...more