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This Week in Translation History May 13-19

May 13, 2018

May 14, 1959

Robert Greene, an American author and translator, was born.

Greene is known mostly for his books on strategy, power, and seduction, including "The 48 Laws of Power", "The Art of Seduction", "The 33 Strategies of War".

May 16, 1788

Friedrich Rucker, a German poet,translator and a profeesor of oriental languages, was born.

Ruckert was born in Schweifurt. He studied at the universities of Wurzburg and Heidelberg. For a few years he worked in Stuttgart onthe staff of the Morgenblatt. In 1826 he was appointed a professor of Oriental languages at the University of Erlangen. In 1941 he was offered a professorship at Berlin. In 1849 he resigned and went to live at his estate in Neuses.

He published various collections of poems, some under the pseydonym Freimund Raimar, which expressed the struggle of his native Germany against Napoleon. He also translated a lot of Oriental poetry, includig the maqamat of Al-Hariri of Basra, "Nal und Damajanti", an Indian tale, "Rostem und Suhrab, eine Heldengeschichte (Rostem and Suhrab, aStory of Heroes), and Hamasa or the Oldest Arabian Folk Songs.