Happy in an Ordinary Thing

Happy in an Ordinary Thing

by John Ridland


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ISBN-13: 9781612480794
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

John Ridland was born in London, England, and grew up in Southern California. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 1953, he served in the U.S. Army, then taught literature and writing at the University of California, Santa Barbara for more than forty years.
John the Valiant, his verse translation of Sándor Petöfi's Hungarian folk-epic poem, János Vitéz, has been published in two editions in Hungary and one edition in London. His Selected Poems were published in Hungarian translation by Europa Press; and this collection was released in the original English from Dowitcher Press. Ridland's Petöfi translation has been acclaimed by Hungarians: he was awarded an Arpad Academy gold medal for his contributions to Hungarian literature, and the Balassi Sword Award for his contributions to awareness of Hungarian literature abroad.
Ridland translated Sir Gawain and the Green Knight into modern English metrical verse. Parts II and IV appeared in the Hudson Review, and Part IV was included in Poets Translate Poets: A Hudson Review Anthology.
From 1966 to 1972, Ridland edited and published The Little Square Review. For more than twenty-five years, he was faculty adviser to UCSB's Spectrum, which won Council of College Literary Magazines first prizes. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Muriel Ridland, with whom he wrote and published And Say What He Is: The Life of a Special Child.

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