AboutBarbara Reynolds is an Italian scholar and translator, known for her completion of Dorothy L. Sayers' translation of Dante's 'Divine Comedy' for Penguin Classics. She has also translated Dante's 'La Vita Nuova' of which a new edition has recently been issued. Her translation of Ariosto's 'Orlando Furioso', also for Penguin Classics, was distinguished by an international award.
She is also the author of a highly acclaimed biography, 'Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul' and is the editor of 'The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers' in four volumes, plus a supplementary volume of childhood memoirs. She has told the story of Sayers' commitment to Dante in 'The Passionate Intellect', now in its second edition.
The general editor of 'The Cambridge Italian Dictionary', she has been honored by the Italian Republic for her services to Italian studies. She also holds three honorary doctorates. She is now residing in Cambridge, England.