About Iliad Translator Jordan
I became a literary translator late in life.
I was born in 1938 in Memphis and grew up there. My father told me stories from the Iliad at bedtime, and Homer's epic poems have seemed magical to me ever since.
I received a BA from Princeton in 1960, after concentrating on English poetry. I returned to Memphis and became CEO of a window and door manufacturing business. After nine years there I entered Harvard Law School and received the JD cum laude in 1972.
During the next six years I practiced Federal litigation in Manhattan and guest-lectured at Harvard, Yale, and Berkeley Law Schools.
In 1978 I relocated to a 300 acre, Catskill Mountain farm in Roxbury, New York, where I continue to reside with my wife and partner, Randlett Walster Jordan. Together we founded and operated for fifteen years a maple syrup production business, Hope Springs Farm, whose product was sold exclusively through upscale Manhattan food purveyors such as Zabar's and Dean & De Luca. In 1982 we founded a charitable legal services organization, Rural Legal Rights Foundation, for which we acted as staff attorneys for over twenty-five years.
I am the father of four children, one of whom died at age sixteen in a 1999 car crash. Later that year I turned to the study of ancient Greek and began translating Homer.
To see how the Princeton alumni magazine told my story, click here:
Princeton Post re: Translator