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Dick Davis Curriculum Vitae (Short CV)

Dick Davis was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1945, and educated at the universities of Cambridge (B.A. and M.A. in English Literature) and Manchester (PhD. in Medieval Persian Literature). He has taught at the universities of Tehran (Iran), Durham (U.K.), Newcastle (U.K.), and California (Santa Barbara) and is currently Professor of Persian and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University. As author, translator or editor, he has produced over 20 books; as well as academic works he has published translations from Italian (prose) and Persian (prose and verse) and books of his own poetry.

Born 4.18.45, Portsmouth, U.K. British Subject. Married to Afkham Darbandi 1974. Two daughters, Mariam born 1982, and Mehri born 1984.

Degrees
B.A. (Hons. English) Cantab. 1966
M.A.(Hons. English) Cantab. 1970
PhD. (Medieval Persian Literature) Manchester. 1988

Fellowship of Learned Societies
F.R.S.L. Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Elected 1981.

Experience.
Currently Professor of Persian and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University.

Taught in Greece, Italy and Iran as an English teacher and in Iran, U.K. and U.S.A. as a professor of English literature. Taught at the universities of Tehran (Iran1970-71; 1971-'78, Daneshkadeh-ye adabiyat va zabanha-ye khareji), Durham (U.K.), Newcastle (U.K.), and California at Santa Barbara.

Awards etc.

  1. An award from The Arts Council of Great Britain to write a book on Yvor Winters. 1979.
  2. An award from The British Institute of Persian Studies to translate Attar's Manteq alTayr. 1981.
  3. Heinemann Award for "a work of outstanding literary merit", given for Seeing the World, 1981.
  4. Devices and Desires: New and Selected Poems 1967-1987, Dick Davis, Anvil Press, 1989, was chosen by both The Times (London) and The Daily Telegraph (London) as a "Book of the Year" (for 1989).
  5. Ingram Merrill Prize for "excellence in poetry" given for A Kind of Love. January 1993.
  6. Guggenheim Fellow, 1999-2000.
  7. AIIS (American Institute of Iranian Studies) Translation Prize, for My Uncle Napoleon, May 2000.
  8. Encyclopaedia Iranica Prize for “Services to Persian Poetry” March 2001
  9. AIIS Translation Prize, for The Conference of the Birds (shared with Afkham Darbandi), May 2001.
  10. National Endowment for the Humanities Award, to translate Vol.lll of stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, 2002.
  11. Distinguished Scholar Award, OSU, 2002
  12. Belonging chosen as a “Book of the Year” in The Economist, 2003.
  13. The Shahnameh: the Persian Book of Kings chosen as a “Book of the Year”, The Washington Post, 2006.
  14. National Endowment for the Arts Award to translate selections from the Divan of the 14th century woman poet Jahan Khatun, 2008

Publications
Books

  1. In the Distance, Anvil Press, London, 1975. (Poetry)
  2. Seeing the World, Anvil Press, London, 1980. (Poetry) Reprinted 1984. Recipient of the 1981 Heinemann Award for a "work of outstanding literary merit".
  3. Selected Writings of Thomas Traherne, Edited, with an introduction by Dick Davis, Carcanet Press, Manchester, 1980. Reprinted 1988.
  4. Wisdom and Wilderness: The Achievement of Yvor Winters, University of Georgia Press, Athens Ga., 1983. (Criticism).
  5. The Conference of the Birds, Penguin Books, London 1984. A verse translation (heroic couplets) from the Persian of Attar; with Afkham Darbandi. Reprinted 20 times by 2003.
  6. The Little Virtues, Carcanet Press, Manchester, 1985. A translation of Le Piccole Virtu, from the Italian of Natalia Ginzburg. Reprinted by Seaver Books, N.Y., 1986.
  7. The City and The House, Carcanet Press, Manchester 1986. A translation of La Citta e la Casa, from the Italian of Natalia Ginzburg. Reprinted by Seaver Books, N.Y., 1987.
  8. The Covenant, Anvil Press, London, 1984. (Poetry)
  9. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, translated by Edward FitzGerald, Penguin Books, London, 1989. (Introduction, notes, appendices and glossary by Dick Davis).
  10. Devices and Desires: New and Selected Poems, Anvil Press, London, 1989.
    Chosen by The Times and The Daily Telegraph as a "Book of the Year" (1989).
  11. A Kind of Love: New and Selected Poems, University of Arkansas Press, 1991. Received Ingram Merrill Award for "Excellence in Poetry".
  12. 12) The Legend of Seyavash, a verse translation of a section of The Shahnameh by Ferdowsi, Penguin Classics, 1992. Reprinted 1995.
  13. Epic and Sedition: the Case of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh, Univ. of Arkansas Press, 1993. Recipient of Persian Heritage Award 1993.
  14. My Unce Napoleon, a translation of Dai Jan Napoleon, by Iraj Pezeshkzad; a comic novel, perhaps the most brilliant and popular post-World War ll Iranian novel. July 1996, Mage Books, Washington. Reprinted November 1996. Recipient of AIIS Translation Prize, 2000. Paperback edition 2000. Reissued by Random House in 2006.
  15. Touchwood: Poems 1991-1995.  Fall, 1996, Anvil Press, London.
  16. Medieval Persian Epigrams.  c. 150 medieval Persian poems, translated with an introduction and notes. Fall 1996, Anvil Press, London; (and Mage, Washington, summer 1997).  Poetry Society of Great Britain Recommendation.
  17. An expanded, bilingual edition of Borrowed Ware: Medieval Persian Epigrams.. Mage Publishers, Washington. November, 1997.
  18. The Lion and the Throne. This is the first in a projected three volume series to include in translation all the major narratives of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh. Mage Publishers, Washington. November, 1997.
  19. Fathers and Sons: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Volume ll, pp.310, Mage Books, Washington, 2000.
  20. Belonging (poems), Swallow Press / Ohio University Press, 2002; also Anvil Press, UK, 2002.  (US edn. May 2002, UK September 2002).
  21. Panthea’s Children: Hellenistic Novels and Medieval Persian Romances, Bibliotheca Persica, 2002.
  22. Sunset of Empire: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Volume lll, pp.550, Mage Books, Washington, 2004.
  23. The Shahnameh: the Persian Book of Kings, Viking / Penguin, 2006.
  24. A Trick of Sunlight (poems), Swallow Press / Ohio University Press 2006, Anvil Press, UK, 2007.
  25. Vis and Ramin, a verse translation of an 11th century Persian romance by Fakhraddin Gorgani. Mage (hardback), February 2008; Penguin Classics (paperback), due Fall 2009

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