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Emily Wilson, translator of ‘The Odyssey, ’ to visit Purdue on Dec. 6 as part of annual Big Read event

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The third annual Big Read is designed to enrich Purdue and Greater Lafayette through literature. This year’s selection is Emily Wilson’s translation of “The Odyssey.” This is a one of a kind translation that makes the Homeric heroes our contemporaries in feelings and failings.

“Never have I been so aware at once of the beauty of the poetry, the physicality of Homer’s world and the moral ambiguity of those who inhabit it. Don’t miss reading her enlightening translator’s note, which explains how seriously she took up the challenge posed a few lines into the first book: ‘tell the old story for our modern times./Find the beginning.’ “The New York Times Book Review – New and Noteworthy

Wilson, who is professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2019 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, will visit Purdue’s campus at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. Following her talk, Wilson will answer audience questions and sign copies of her book.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Partners of the Big Read include the Purdue University Department of English, the West Lafayette Public Library, Tippecanoe County Public Library and the Purdue College of Liberal Arts.

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