In Remembrance: Charles Lane Dunlop ’58 Died on August 31 2013

Charles Lane Dunlop, an award winning translator of French poetry and Japanese literature, died on August 31, 2013, at the age of 76. He translated A Late Chrysanthemum, which won the Japan-United States Friendship Award for Literary Translation.

He graduated from Yale in 1957 and began his career first as a translator of French works. His first translation was Soap, by Francis Ponge. Ezra Pound had the translation read aloud to him by his wife and praised it as "a flash of light among the shades."

Dunlop then studied Japanese and began translating pre-1960's Japanese literature. In 1997, he received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which praised that Dunlop's anthologies "introduce(s) the reader to a number of authors of great subtlety and power one realizes the richness of this fresco of Japanese life over the last century; and in conveying that wealth of observation, Dunlop never makes a misstep."

The New York Times published his full obituary on September 22, 2013.

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