Raffel was recently interviewed by Jim Engster on the public radio station in Baton Rouge. The topics were wide-ranging, including Raffel's life and writings, his teaching, his love of baseball--and, of course, Yankee Doric. Here's the URL for the NPR podcast:
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Burton Raffel of Lafayette could be described as the preeminent translator of epic works today — his translation of Beowulf has sold more than a million copies. The author of 100 books as a poet, literary critic and editor has just translated The Divine Comedy by Northwestern World Classics and the book commands awe. This fall, Raffel published his first novel, a historical examination of American life titled Yankee Doric: America Before the Civil War. The book's a must for history lovers and arrives in perfect time for the Civil War sesquicentennial.