Anthony Rudolf

Non-fiction writer, Translator


Anthony Rudolf is an autobiographer, poet, literary critic, editor and translator. He has also written fiction and art criticism. His memoirs include Silent Conversations: a reader’s life (Seagull Books/Chicago University Press, 2013) and The Arithmetic of Memory (Bellew, 1999). His books of poems/short fiction include Zigzag (Carcanet/ Northern House, 2010). Among his works of literary criticism are Wine from Two Glasses (King’s College, London/Adam Archive, 1991) and At an Uncertain Hour: Primo Levi’s war against oblivion (Menard Press, 1990). He wrote the catalogue essay for an exhibition of R.B. Kitaj (National Gallery, 2001).

He has translated works of fiction, drama, art criticism and, in particular, Yves Bonnefoy’s poetry, including Yesterday’s Wilderness Kingdom (Modern Poetry in Translation, 2001), as well as that of Claude Vigée, Edmond Jabès and Yevgeny Vinokourov. His other books include pioneering anthologies of contemporary French poetry and 20th-century Jewish poets from all languages.

Rudolf has been an occasional radio and television broadcaster. He has written obituaries for the Independent and book reviews for the TLS. He was visiting lecturer in arts and humanities at London Metropolitan University. He has lectured and read at conferences, festivals and universities in many countries. He founded Menard Press and ran it for 40 years. He is Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the English Association. Anthony Rudolf was born in London in 1942 and studied at Cambridge. He has two children and two grandchildren.


Anthony Rudolf

Non-fiction writer, Translator


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  • University of Westminster, 2005–2008
  • University of Hertfordshire, 2003–2005