Nov 16, 2013
By Bob Komsic
He was one of the world’s most honoured and widely read translators.
William Weaver helped introduce English-language readers to the works of Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino.. and many other Italian writers.
Family say he died Tuesday at a retirement home in Rhinebeck, New york at age 90 after years of poor health.
Eco’s “The Name of the Rose” was the most famous of Weaver’s translations.
Weaver also worked on Calvino’s ”Invisible Cities.”
He received a National Book Award in 1969 for his translation of Calvino’s ”Cosmicomics” and was welcomed into the elite American Academy of Arts and Letters for his translations.