E. V. Rieu
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Dr. E.V. Rieu— in full Emile Victor Rieu (1887–1972)— is best known for his lucid translations of Homer, as editor of Penguin Classics, and for a modern translation of the Gospels, which evolved from his role as editor of a projected Penguin translation of the Bible. His translation of the Odyssey, 1946, was the opener of the Penguin Classics, a series that he edited from 1944 to 1964. He also translated Virgil.
Patrick Kavanagh evoked the translations' crisp and readable character in a poem "On Looking into E. V. Rieu's Homer"
- "In stubble fields the ghosts of corn are
- The important spirits the imagination heeds.
- Nothing dies; there are no empty
- Spaces in the cleanest-reaped fields." <ref>The implied comparison is with Keats' "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer"</ref>
The genial and witty Rieu was a friend and editorial mentor of the science fiction writer Olaf Stapledon. His son, D.C.H. Rieu, has revised his translations.
- "Translating the Gospels: A Discussion Between Dr. E.V. Rieu and the Rev. J.B. Phillips". Interview of 3 December 1953.
- E.V. Rieu, "Hall and Knight" A hilarious account of the production of the textbook, Hall and Knight's Elementary Algebra for Schools, first published in Rieu's collected verse, Cuckoo Calling (London:Methuen) 1933)