The Old Schools, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TN, United Kingdom
The University of Cambridge where Arch Tait received a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
King St, Hammersmith, London W6 9LR, United Kingdom
Latymer Upper School where Arch Tait studied.
Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TJ, United Kingdom
Trinity Hall Cambridge where Arch Tait studied.
Arch Tait attended Latymer Upper School. He studied at Trinity Hall Cambridge and also at Cambridge University where he received a Master of Arts degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Russian literature in 1967.
Arch Tait started his career as a lecturer at the University of East Anglia in 1967 and left this post in 1983. Tait began translating in earnest in 1986 after a meeting with Valentina Jacques, then editor of the magazine Soviet Literature. He worked as the UK editor of Glas New Russian Writing translation series from 1993 to 2000 and still translates for the Moscow-based publishing house.
Arch Tait published his book Lunacharsky: Poet of the Revolution in 1984. He was a contributor to books, including Poetry, Prose, and Public Opinion: Aspects of Russia, 1850-1970, Nietzsche in Russia, Alexander Zinoviev as Writer and Thinker. He translated books of Evgenia Kirichenko, Ludmila Ulitskaya, Anna Politkovskaya and Svetlana Alexiyevich. His articles appeared in Index on Censorship, Confrontation, Modern Language Review, Slavonic and East European Review, Soviet Literature, Irish Slavonic Studies, Britain-USSR, and Glas New Russian Writing.
Quotes from others about the person
Natasha Perova: "Arch Tait has developed into a very fine translator. Few people have such a deep understanding of Russian psychology, culture and way of life, and such ability to express it all in English. I think what he is doing is much more important and useful than researching a petty official's life which is of no interest to anyone. Building bridges between cultures is much more honorable and productive, and absolutely necessary at this time."
Arch Tait is married and has four children.