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Ridland, John
(John M. Ridland)


John M. Ridland (b. 1933) american poet and translator. John Ridland was born in London and grew up in California. He earned his PhD from Claremont Graduate School and has published numerous books and chapbooks, including Odes on Violence (1969), In the Shadowless Light (1978), Palms: Six ballads (1993), Poems of the American West (2002), A Brahms Card Ballad (2007), Happy in an Ordinary Thing (2013), and A. Lincolniad: An epic poem honoring the memory of President Abraham Lincoln (2014), among many others. With his wife Muriel he wrote And Say What He Is: The Life of a Special Child Together (1975).

Ridland is also a translator and has published translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, as well as many works of the Hungarian poets Sándor Márai and Miklós Radnóti. Ridland published a verse translation of the Hungarian folk epic John the Valiant (Corvina Press, Budapest, 1999). In 2010, Ridland was recognized with the Balassi Sword Award for his translations of Hungarian literature.

Ridland has received a gold medal from the Arpad Society of Cleveland Ohio. He taught for over forty years at the University of California-Santa Barbara and is currently professor emeritus of the college.

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