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Anthony Rudolf

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  • Born in London in 1942, Anthony Rudolf has two children and three grandchildren. He is the author of books of literary criticism (on Primo Levi, Piotr Rawicz and others), autobiography (Silent Conversations and The Arithmetic of Memory) and poetry (Zigzag, The Same River Twice and collaborations with artists), and translator of books of poetry from French (Bonnefoy, Vigée, Jabès), Russian (Vinokourov and Tvardovsky) and other languages. He has edited various anthologies. His essay on R.B. Kitaj was published by the National Gallery in 2001, and he has published essays and shorter texts on other painters. He is Paula Rego's companion and her main male model. He has completed a volume of short stories and is now at work on two new memoirs. He is co-editor and one of the translators of two new Yves Bonnefoy selections for Carcanet Press. Rudolf’s reviews, articles, poems, translations, obituaries and interviews with writers have appeared in numerous journals. He has been an occasional broadcaster on radio and television and was the founder of Menard Press, now dormant after nearly fifty years and 170 titles. After a lifetime of day jobs to top up his freelance activities, he became Visiting Lecturer in Arts and Humanities at London Metropolitan University (2000-2003) and Royal Literary Fund fellow at the Universities of Hertfordshire and Westminster (2003-2008). He is Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2004), Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (2005) and Fellow of the English Association (2010).

    Praise for Anthony Rudolf  'Every poem like a new geometry -€“ of surprises. A strange voice of cat's cradles in a Kafkaesque half-light -€“ very strange and unpredictable.'
    Ted Hughes
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