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Burton Raffel (1928-2015) was a poet, novelist, and translator. He is best known for his translation of Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote, as well as classic poetry like Beowulf, poems by Horace, or Gargantua and Pantagruel.
The 19th century had an unfortunate passion for novels in verse. I have tried to read some of the more celebrated, notably Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh (which Virginia Woolf somehow found delightful), and never made it through to the end.
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