Richard Dixon



Richard Dixon has worked full-time as a translator from Italian to English since 1996.

His translation of Roberto Calasso’s latest book L’ardore will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in Winter 2014.

His translation of Umberto Eco’s revisions for the new edition of The Name of the Rose will be published in April 2014.

His translation of Inventing the Enemy, Umberto Eco’s recent collection of essays, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the US and Harvill Secker in the UK in September 2012



His translation of Umberto Eco’s best-selling novel The Prague Cemetery was published  in November 2011, and  shortlisted for the 2012 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.



In 2008/09 he worked with a small team of translators on the first complete English translation of Giacomo Leopardi’s Zibaldone di pensieri, published in 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (US) & Penguin Classics (UK).



His translation of Semantic Polarities and Psychopathologies in the Family: Permitted and Forbidden Stories by Valeria Ugazio was published by Routledge in April 2013. Read Tim Parks’ review of the book in The Guardian here.



He is a member of the Society of Authors and of the  Associazione Italiana Traduttori e Interpreti.

  the law

He was called to the Bar of the Middle Temple in 1978. He became a member of the chambers of John Gorman Q.C. at 2 Dr Johnson's Buildings, Temple in 1980.

He continued to practice full-time as a barrister until 1989, undertaking a broad range of civil and criminal cases, including a number of substantial fraud cases and a long series of prosecutions relating to the ill-treatment of patients at Rampton Mental Hospital (which led to several appearances on appeal to the Court of Appeal and House of Lords).


Umberto Eco in conversation with Richard Dixon (in Italian) at the Italian Cultural Institute, London – 25 February 2012 (Part I)

Part II on YouTube        Part III on YouTube



Together with Peter Greene, wrote Italy on Backroads, a guidebook containing 20 tours around some of the lesser known corners of Italy, published by Duncan Petersen in 1993 and translated into French and German.

His play, Just Another Case, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service in 1992.

Together with Peter Greene, wrote 3-D City Guide: Rome, published by Duncan Petersen in 1995.

Together with Peter Greene, wrote Le Marche: The New Gateway to Central Italy, published by Aerdorica in 2000.


Richard Dixon and Peter Greene have been living in Italy since 1989 in a rural canonica that they restored during the 1990s.


They now run a holiday rental business in the former workers’ cottage and the former chapel. Details here.


Born 26 July 1956

Attended King Henry VIII School, Coventry

Graduated from Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry with a BA hons. degree in Business Law.

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Richard Dixon
strada Santa Barbara, 5
61043 Cagli PU, Italy

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