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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 KBE, was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature. His work embraces the ...more
Nostradamus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Translators
Michel de Nostredame, usually Latinised as Nostradamus, was a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide. He is best known ...more
Charles Baudelaire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Translators
Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal, ...more
Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Translators
John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Catholic family in Manchester, ...more
Whittaker Chambers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Translators
Whittaker Chambers, born Jay Vivian Chambers and also known as David Whittaker Chambers, was an American writer and editor. After his early years as a Communist Party USA member and Soviet spy, ...more
Samuel Beckett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Translators
Samuel Barclay Beckett was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. His work ...more
Fernando Pessoa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Translators
Fernando Pessoa, born Fernando António Nogueira Pessôa, was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher, described as one of the most ...more
Alan Hollinghurst is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Translators
Alan James Hollinghurst FRSL is an English novelist, poet, short story writer and translator. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1989 Somerset Maugham Award, the 1994 James ...more
Bruce Benderson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Translators
Bruce Benderson is an American author, born to Jewish parents of Russian descent, who lives in New York. He attended William Nottingham High School in Syracuse, New York and then Binghamton ...more
Paul Bowles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Translators
Paul Frederic Bowles was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator. He became associated with Tangier, Morocco, where he settled in 1947 and lived for 52 years to the end of his ...more
Hitoshi Igarashi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Translators
Hitoshi Igarashi was a Japanese scholar of Arabic and Persian literature and history and the Japanese translator of Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses.
Ali Khamenei is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Translators
Ali Hosseini Khamenei is the second and current Supreme Leader of Iran and a Muslim Cleric. Ali Khamenei succeeded Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Iranian Revolution, after Khomeini's ...more
Gao Xingjian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Translators
Gao Xingjian is a Chinese émigré novelist, playwright, and critic who in 2000 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and ...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 Vidyasagar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Translators
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar CIE, born Ishwar Chandra Bandopadhyay, was an Indian Bengali polymath and a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. He was a philosopher, academic educator, writer, ...more
Adolfo Bioy Casares is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Translators
Adolfo Bioy Casares was an Argentine fiction writer, journalist, and translator. He was a friend and frequent collaborator with his fellow countryman Jorge Luis Borges, and wrote what many ...more
Samuil Marshak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Translators
Samuil Yakovlevich Marshak Russian: Самуи́л Я́ковлевич Марша́к; 3 November [O.S. 22 October] 1887 – 4 July 1964 was a Russian and Soviet writer, translator and children's poet. He translated the ...more
Stefan George is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Translators
Stefan Anton George was a German poet, editor, and translator.
Dorothy L. Sayers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Translators
Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned English writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for ...more
Czesław Miłosz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Translators
Czesław Miłosz was a Polish poet, prose writer, translator and diplomat of Lithuanian origin. His WWII-era sequence, The World, is a collection of twenty naive poems. He served as Polish ...more
Carmen Zapata is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Translators
Carmen Margarita Zapata was an American actress. Zapata was born in New York City to a Mexican father and an Argentine mother. Zapata made her Broadway debut in the chorus of Oklahoma! in 1946. ...more
John Dos Passos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Translators
John Roderigo Dos Passos was a radical American novelist and artist active in the first half of the twentieth century. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and he went on to Harvard College, ...more
X. J. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Translators
X. J. Kennedy is a poet, translator, anthologist, editor, and author of children's literature and textbooks on English literature and poetry. He was long known as Joe Kennedy; but, wishing to ...more
Douglas Gordon Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Translators
Douglas Gordon Jones is a Canadian poet, translator and educator. Born in Bancroft, Ontario, Jones was educated at a private school in Quebec's Eastern Townships, at McGill University and at ...more
Peter Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Translators
Peter Cole is an American Jewish poet who lives in Jerusalem and New Haven.