Monday, June 6, 2011
Poet, Professor, Translator Edwin Honig: 1919 - 2011
VCCA Fellow Edwin Honig, poet, critic and translator, died on May 25 at his home in Providence, Rhode Island. He was 91. Best known for his elegant translations of Spanish and Portuguese literature, he was knighted by the President of Portugal in 1986; and in 1996 by the King of Spain. He was a twice Guggenheimed fellow and a grantee of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to his translation work, he published ten books of poetry, five books of criticism and fiction, and three books of plays. Mr. Honig served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre from 1942 to 1946. He taught at New York University, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of New Mexico, Purdue University, Claremont College, Harvard University and Brown University, where he founded Brown's Graduate Program in Creative Writing and established Copper Beech Press. At his death, he was emeritus professor of English and comparative literature at Brown University, where he had taught from 1957 until his retirement in 1982.