Maurice English (1909-1983) was a poet, translator, foreign correspondent, writer, editor and publisher. He founded and edited the original Chicago magazine, was senior editor of the University of Chicago Press, founding director of Temple University Press and director of the University of Pennsylvania Press. He wrote two books of poetry, Midnight in the Century, and A Savaging of Roots and his poetry was published in numerous journals and illustrated in a limited edition printing by Breon O’Casey. He was an early translator from the Italian of the work of Eugenio Montale (1975 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature), was the author of an anthology of the writings of the architect Louis Sullivan, A Testament of Stone, and wrote a play, The Saints in Illinois, about Joseph Smith and the early Mormon church. He grew up on the West Side of Chicago, graduated from St. Ignatius High School and Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar and a MacDowell fellow.
His marriage to Fanita English ended in divorce and his son Jonathan Brian died at the age of 31 in 1977. He is survived by his second wife Helen W. Drutt English, his daughter Deirdre English and his step-children, Ilene Weiss and Matthew Drutt.