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F.D. Reeve, Superman’s ‘Father’ and Russian Translator, Dies at 84

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F.D. Reeve, the prominent American poet, translator of Russian authors, and father of “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve, has died in New Hampshire at the age of 84, The New York Times reported.

WASHINGTON, July 8 (RIA Novosti) – F.D. Reeve, the prominent American poet, translator of Russian authors, and father of “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve, has died in New Hampshire at the age of 84, The New York Times reported.

F.D. Reeve published over 30 books, including works of criticism, poetry and translations of Russian writers. He translated Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s 1970 Nobel Lecture, the Soviet poet Bella Akhmadulina and collections of 19th and 20th century Russian drama. Reeve also wrote critical essays on the symbolist poet Aleksandr Blok and Feodor Dostoevsky.

Reeve, who taught at Columbia University in New York and Wesleyan College in Connecticut before resigning to become a full time writer, also met Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev when he accompanied the American poet Robert Frost on a trip to the USSR in 1962, an experience which resulted in Reeve’s memoir “Robert Frost in Russia.”

Reeve died on June 28, his wife said the cause was complications from diabetes, the Times reported.

 

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