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Willis Barnstone

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portuguese

Coat of Many Colors: Reflections on Diversity by a Minority of OneProfessor Barnstone was born in Lewiston, Maine, and educated at Bowdoin College, Columbia, and Yale. He taught in Greece at the end of the civil war (1949-51) and in Buenos Aires during the "Dirty War" (1975-76). He first went to China in 1972 during the Cultural Revolution and was later a Fulbright Professor of American Literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University (1984-85).

He has published more than forty books of poetry, scholarship, translation and memoir, including The Other Bible (1984), Five A.M. in Beijing (1987), Sappho and the Greek Lyric Poets (1988), With Borges on an Ordinary Evening in Buenos Aires (1993), The Poetics of Translation (1993), Funny Ways of Staying Alive (1993), Sunday Morning in Fascist Spain (1995), and The Secret Reader (1996).

Professor Barnstone's areas of specialization include the history and theory of translation, Spanish poetry, contemporary poetry, classical Greek poetry, Biblical studies,Spanish mystics, and ecstacy in literature. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, NEA and NEH recipient, and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee.

His new book, The Restored New Testament: A New Translation with Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas, will be out in September, 2009.