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Epic, Romance and Mysticism: The Greatness of Persian Poetry An Evening with Dick Davis in Conversation with Dana Gioia

Epic, Romance and Mysticism: The Greatness of Persian Poetry An Evening with Dick Davis in Conversation with Dana Gioia

Visions and Voices

  • Date:
    Tuesday, September 10, 2013
  • Time:
    7:30 PM
  • Venue:
    Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall
  • Cost:
    Reception and book signing to follow.

    Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the links below beginning Monday, August 19, at 9 a.m.

    USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, click here.
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Summary:

Dick Davis, the finest living translator of Persian literature into English, will discuss the great Persian poetic legacy that has inspired his life’s work in a stirring and expansive conversation with Dana Gioia, the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC.

Description:

Dick Davis is widely considered the finest living translator of Persian literature into English. Davis will discuss the great Persian poetic legacy that has inspired his life’s work in a stirring and expansive conversation with Dana Gioia, the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC. Davis’s translations include Attar’s The Conference of the Birds (with Afkham Darbandi), a book of medieval epigrams (Borrowed Ware), Pezeshkzad’s My Uncle Napoleon, Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, Gorgani’s Vis and Ramin and, most recently, Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz. Born in England, Davis lived in Iran from 1970 to 1978. A poet as well as a translator, Davis is the author of At Home and Far from Home: Poems on Iran and Persian Culture, among other books. He was a professor of Persian and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University from 2002 until 2012.