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Clare Cavanagh

Clare Cavanagh

Literary critic, translator, Frances Hooper Professor in the Arts and Humanities, and Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. She focuses on Russian, Polish, and Anglo-American poetry of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Winner of many prizes and scholarships for her research and translations, among others, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism (2010), the William Riley Parker Prize of the Modern Language Association, the AATSEEL Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book in Slavic Literature, the AATSEEL Award for Outstanding Translation from a Slavic Language. An acclaimed translator of Wisława Szymborska (with Stanisław Barańczak) and Adam Zagajewski along with other Polish poets. Cavanagh published critical reviews and translations in such periodicals as The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Partisan Review, Poetry, and Bookforum. She is currently under contract to write the authorized biography of Czesław Miłosz for Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, entitled Czeslaw Milosz and His Age: A Critical Life.