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Rex Warner

(1905—1986) novelist, classicist, and translator


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(1905–86),

poet, novelist, and translator, educated at Wadham College, Oxford, where he was a close friend of Auden and Day‐Lewis. His first volume of poetry, Poems (1937), shares their Messianic revolutionary fervour. Warner's early novels, which include The Wild Goose Chase (1937), The Professor (1938), and The Aerodrome (1941), are more sombre, Kafkaesque political parables, which reflect the gathering gloom of the 1930s. His later fiction is based largely on Greek or Roman historical subjects, and he also translated the Medea (1944), Hippolytus (1950), and Helen (1951) of Euripides, and the Prometheus Bound (1947) of Aeschylus.

Subjects: Literature.


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