portrait of Brother Anthony

Brother Anthony

Brother Anthony of Taizé was born in Cornwall (U.K.) in 1942, He studied European literature for 9 years at the University of Oxford. A member of the Community of Taizé since 1969, he has been living in Korea since 1980. He is now an Emeritus Professor of Sogang University (Seoul) and a Chair-Professor at Dankook University. He is currently President of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch. A prolific translator, since 1990 he has published over 40 volumes of translations of Korean literature, mostly contemporary poetry, including 10 volumes of works by Ko Un, and (most recently) volumes of poetry by Jeong Ho-Seung, Shim Bo-Seon, Do Jong-Hwan (currently ROK Minister of Culture), Oh Sae-Young, Ko Hyeong-Ryeol, etc., as well as fiction by Yi Mun-yol. He took Korean citizenship in 1994, An Seon-Jae is his Korean name. He received the Korean government’s Award of Merit (Culture) in 2008. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary MBE by Queen Elizabeth.

Poems translated by Brother Anthony