Jacques Darras

Jacques Darras (born 1939 in Ponthieu, Picardy) read Classics and Philosophy at the Sorbonne and the École Normale Supérieure, wrote a doctoral thesis on Joseph Conrad and subsequently spent his academic career at the Université de Picardie in Amiens. He has translated a number of poets into French, including Walt Whitman, William Blake, Ted Hughes, Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams. In 1977 he launched the literary magazine in’hui (“to-day” in Picard) which continues to be published today. A Selected Edition of his poems appeared in January 2016. Darras has been awarded the Prix Apollinaire and the Grand Prix de l’Académie française. He was the first French and European Reith lecturer on the BBC in 1989.

Photo: Jacques Sassier - Editions Gallimard