INTERVIEW WITH POET AND PROFESSOR ROBERT FAGLES: Mr. Fagles’ translations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey were published to worldwide acclaim. Mr. Fagles was an only child who lost his father at an early age and was raised by an extraordinary mother. It was Mr. Fagles’ close bond with her that inspired him to begin translating Homer. I was well acquainted with Mr. Fagles’ work before contacting him for an interview. But I came under his personal spell while watching an interview with him that was broadcast on CSPAN. During this interview Mr. Fagles explained that he was an only child, which he found to be both a blessing and a curse.
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