William Fense Weaver

Virginian, born 1923. After leaving Princeton in his sophomore year to join the American Field Service, William Weaver drove an ambulance with the British army, first in Africa and then in Italy, initiating his long fascination with that country. After finally graduating from Princeton in 1946, he soon returned to Italy and spent most of the next half-century there, writing about Italian music and Italian places, and translating many of the most important modern Italians, from Pirandello to Morante, Gadda, Calvino, and Umberto Eco. His translations have received many prizes, including the National Book Award, the Galantiere Prize, the PEN translation prize twice, and on three occasions the John Florio Prize. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, William Weaver now lives at Bard College, where he teaches literature and writing.

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