He went to Canada in 1968 as a Commonwealth Fellow at the University of British Columbia, where he later taught creative writing and translation, finally retiring as emeritus professor in 1983. He was the principal English translator of Swiss playwright Max Frisch. He also published numerous works of prose and poetry under his own name.
His novella Randolph Cranstone and the Glass Thimble (1977) was named British New Fiction Society Book of the Month.
He died in London.