Charles Martin

Charles Martin was born in New York City in 1942. He earned a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. The recipient of numerous awards, Martin has received the Bess Hokin Prize, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Three of his poetry collections—Steal the Bacon (1987), What the Darkness Proposes (1996), and Starting from Sleep: New and Selected Poems (2002)—have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses won the 2004 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets.


Winner — Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, 2004

Books by Charles Martin

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    Metamorphoses: A New Translation

    Ovid, Charles Martin, Bernard M. W. Knox

    Paperback, 2005

    "A version that has been long awaited, and likely to become the new standard." —Michael Dirda, Washington Post
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    Ovid, Charles Martin, Bernard M. W. Knox

    First Edition, Hardcover, 2003

    Hailed in Newsweek for his translation of The Poems of Catullus ("Charles Martin is an American poet; he puts the poetry, the immediacy of the streets back into the English Catullus. The effect is...
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    Ovid, Charles Martin, Charles Martin

    First Edition, Paperback, 2010

    In his award-winning translation, Charles Martin combines fidelity to Ovid’s text with verse that catches the speed and liveliness of the original.
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    The Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation

    Gavin Flood, Charles Martin

    Paperback, 2013

    The Bhagavad Gita, the Song of the Lord, is an ancient Hindu scripture about virtue, presented as a dialogue between Krishna, an incarnation of God, and the warrior Arjuna on the eve of a great...
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    The Bhagavad Gita

    Gavin Flood, Gavin Flood, Charles Martin

    First Edition, Paperback, 2014

    “A true translation whose literary qualities make it stand out from the rest.” –Daniel Gold, Cornell University
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    Ovid, Charles Martin, Emily Wilson

    Paperback, 2021

    About Charles Martin’s translation.
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    Religion in American Public Life: Living with Our Deepest Differences

    Azizah Y. al-Hibri, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Charles C. Haynes, Martin E. Marty

    Paperback, 2001

    A thought-provoking discussion of the public and political expression of America's diverse religious beliefs.