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William Auld

William Auld

Scottish poet, author, translator
William Auld
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Intro Scottish poet, author, translator
Known for La infana raso
A.K.A. Уильям Олд
Was Poet Writer Translator Esperantist Essayist Musicologist Editor Science fiction writer
From United Kingdom
Type Academia Journalism Literature Music
Gender male
Birth 6 November 1924, Erith, United Kingdom
Death 11 September 2006, Dollar, United Kingdom (aged 81 years)
Star sign Scorpio
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William Auld (6 November 1924 – 11 September 2006) was a British poet, author, translator and magazine editor who wrote chiefly in Esperanto.


Auld was born at Erith in Kent, and then moved to Glasgow with his parents, attending Allan Glen's School. After wartime service in the Royal Armed Forces, he studied English Literature at Glasgow University, and then qualified as a teacher.

In 1960, he was appointed to a secondary school in Alloa and he remained there for the rest of his life. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1999, 2004, and 2006, making him the first person nominated for works in Esperanto.

His Masterpiece, La infana raso (The Infant Race), is a long poem that, in Auld's words, explores "the role of the human race in time and in the cosmos," and is based heavily on The Cantos by Ezra Pound.

Auld began to learn Esperanto in 1937 but only became active in the propagation of the language in 1947, and from then on wrote many works in Esperanto. He edited various magazines and reviews, including Esperanto en Skotlando (1949–1955), Esperanto (1955–1958, 1961–1962), Monda Kulturo (1962–1963), Norda Prismo (1968–1972), La Brita Esperantisto (1973–1999) and Fonto (1980–1987).

He was Vice President of the Universal Esperanto Association (1977–1980), President of the Academy of Esperanto (1979–1983), and President of the Esperanto PEN Centre (1999–2005). In 2001, he donated his large personal collection of Esperanto literature to the National Library of Scotland, where it is now housed.

He died in Dollar, Clackmannanshire and is buried in Dollar churchyard. The grave lies on the approach path to the church from the main road.

List of works

Collected poetry

  • Spiro de l' pasio (1952)
  • La infana raso (1956)
  • Unufingraj melodioj (1960)
  • Humoroj (1969)
  • Rimleteroj (with Marjorie Boulton, 1976)
  • El unu verda vivo (1978)
  • En barko senpilota (Edistudio, 1987)
  • Unu el ni (1992)


  • Angla antologio 1000–1800 (poetry editor, 1957)
  • Esperanta antologio (1958/1984)
  • 25 jaroj (poetry editor, 1977)
  • Skota antologio (associate editor, 1978)
  • Sub signo de socia muzo (1987)
  • Nova Esperanta Krestomatio (1991)
  • Plena poemaro: Miĥalski (ed. 1994)
  • Tempo fuĝas (1996)

Translations from English


Song collections

  • Floroj sen kompar' (with Margaret Hill, 1973), British folksongs translated into Esperanto
  • Kantanta mia bird' (with Margaret Hill, 1973), British folksongs translated into Esperanto
  • Dum la noktoj (with Margaret and David Hill, 1976), original songs


  • Esperanto: A New Approach; (1965)
  • Paŝoj al plena posedo (1968)
  • A first course in Esperanto (1972)
  • Traduku! (1993)


Bibliografio de tradukoj el la angla lingvo (with E. Grimley Evans, 1996)

Essay collections

  • Facetoj de Esperanto (1976)
  • Pri lingvo kaj aliaj artoj (1978)
  • Enkonduko en la originalan literaturon de Esperanto (1979)
  • Vereco, distro, stilo (1981)
  • Kulturo kaj internacia lingvo (1986)
  • La fenomeno Esperanto (1988)
  • La skota lingvo, hodiaŭ kaj hieraŭ (1988)

Miscellaneous literature

Pajleroj kaj stoploj: elektitaj prozaĵoj (1997)
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