Poetry. Robert Friend was born in Brooklyn in 1913 and died in Jerusalem in 1998. He was the doyen of translator poets from the Hebrew and had published many volumes of his own poetry and his versions of modern Hebrew poetry. Menard Press was and is his main publisher. "The voice that resonates through a wide variety of tones (lyrical, sardonic, rumbustious, sombre as night, wittily epigrammatic) and forms (from classical stanzas to free verse) is quite unmistakeable and consistently its own. Robert Friend is indeed a voice to be reckoned with"--Poetry London.
Robert Friend died on January 1998 in Jerusalem, Israel, of cancer. He was born in 1913 in Brooklyn, New York, to Russian immigrant parents. After studying at Brooklyn College, Harvard and Cambridge, he taught English literature and writing in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Panama, France, England, and Germany. Robert Friend settled in Israel in 1950, where he lived the rest of his life. He taught English and American Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for over thirty years, at the same time becoming well-known as a poet (writing in English) and as a translator of Hebrew poetry. His poems and translations have appeared in many periodicals, including The New York Times , Encounter, The London Magazine, The New Yorker,The Atlantic, Partisan Review, Poetry, Ariel, Commentary,The Jerusalem Post, and The Jerusalem Review. Author City: USA