Alexander Shurbanov

Alexander ShurbanovWork­ing lan­guages: Eng­lish

Field of work: Lit­er­ary trans­la­tion, mainly poetry and poet­ic drama

Short bio­graphy:

Born on 5th April 1941 in Sofia. Gradu­ated in Eng­lish lan­guage and lit­er­at­ure at Sofia Uni­ver­sity, 1966. Taught Eng­lish lit­er­at­ure at Sofia Uni­ver­sity from 1971 to 2008. PhD, 1972. Doc­tor Habil., 1991. Pro­fess­or of Eng­lish lit­er­at­ure – since 1995. Found­ing mem­ber of the Uni­on of Trans­lat­ors in Bul­garia – since 1974. First Pres­id­ent of the Bul­gari­an Soci­ety for Brit­ish Stud­ies, 1990–96. Pres­id­ent of the Three Seas Writers’ and Trans­lat­ors’ Coun­cil, Rhodos, Greece, 1997–2002. Mem­ber of inter­na­tion­al organ­iz­a­tions: The European Soci­ety for the Study of Eng­lish (ESSE); The Eng­lish Asso­ci­ation (Fel­low); The Inter­na­tion­al Shakespeare Asso­ci­ation; PEN Inter­na­tion­al. Lect­or at the Uni­ver­sity of Lon­don (1970–71), the Uni­ver­sity of Cali­for­nia, Los Angeles/ UCLA (1979–81); Pro­fess­or at the State Uni­ver­sity of New York / SUNY at Albany (2004), the WSU Kielce (2007–2012). Doc­tor hon­oris causa of the Uni­ver­sity of Kent (1990) and the Uni­ver­sity of Sur­rey (1993), UK.

Selec­ted trans­la­tions:

  • Geof­frey Chau­cer, The Can­ter­bury Tales, 1970, 1980, 1994, 2008
  • The Theatre of the Eng­lish Renais­sance (Plays by Mar­lowe, Jon­son, Deck­er, Web­ster, Middleton), 1975
  • Beat­rix Pot­ter, Tales, Peter Rab­bit, 1979, 1988, 2009
  • John Milton, Para­dise Lost, 1981, 2008
  • Rabindranath Tagore, Poetry, Words with the Rhythm of Etern­ity, 1985, 2009
  • Dylan Thomas, And Death Shall Have No Domin­ion. Selec­ted Poems, 1993
  • Eng­lish Poetry. An Antho­logy, 1995
  • John Updike, Ger­trude and Claudi­us, 2003
  • Wil­li­am Shakespeare, Ham­let, 2006
  • Shakespeare, The Great Tra­gedies: Ham­let, Oth­ello, King Lear, Macbeth, 2012
  • Samuel Taylor Col­eridge, Poetry and Prose, 2013


  • The Sofia Uni­ver­sity Hon­or­ary Medal with Blue Rib­bon, 2001
  • The Nation­al Hristo G. Dan­ov Award for Con­tri­bu­tion to Cul­ture, 2007
  • The Nation­al Stoy­an Bakardzhiev Award for Lit­er­ary Trans­la­tion, 2007
  • The Uni­on of Trans­lat­ors’ Cer­ti­fic­ate for Con­tri­bu­tion to the Art of Trans­la­tion and Lit­er­ary Stud­ies, 2010
  • The Askeer Hon­or­ary Prize for Cre­at­ive Dis­tinc­tion and Con­tri­bu­tion to the Art of the Theatre, 2013


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