15 June 2016 Current Affairs: A translator of worldwide influence and esteem who helped introduce Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julio Cortazar and other Latin American authors to millions of English-language readers, Mr. Gregory Rabassa has passed away in Branford, Connecticut, US. He was 94 years old. He has died after a brief illness.
He was born in Yonkers, New York, in 1922, and raised on a farm in Hanover, New Hampshire, near Dartmouth College, where Rabassa majored in languages.
Rabassa studied Spanish and Portuguese as a graduate student at Columbia University and translated Spanish and Portuguese language works for the magazine Odyssey.
Later he joined Queens College as Professor. He has also won the PEN Translation prize in the year 1977, and PEN/Ralph Manheim medal for Translation in the year 1982.