Mircea Ivanescu

Mircea Ivanescu was born March 26, 1931 in Bucharest, Romania. He is
the author of seventeen award-winning and highly influential volumes of
poetry, and a prolific translator of English works into his native tongue.
The authors he has translated into Romanian include Franz Kafka, Henri
Perruchot, Hannah Arendt, James Joyce, William Faulkner, F. Scott
Fitzgerald, T. S. Eliot, Frank O’Hara, Truman Capote, Rainer Maria Rilke
as well as many others. His important anthology of Modern and
Contemporary American Poetry, published in 1986, exposed many of these
poets to a Romanian audience for the first time. He has served on the
board of the Romanian Press Agency, as editor of the foreign policy
weekly, Lumea (The World), as head of literary criticism for the publishing
house, Universe, and as English-language editor for the monthly periodical,
Romanian Review. His many awards include prizes both for poetry and
translation from the Romanian Academy, the Lifetime Achievement Award
from the Romanian Writer’s Union, and the Writers’ Association of
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