Johnson, Bernard 1933-2003
JOHNSON, Bernard 1933-2003
See index for CA sketch: Born November 5, 1933, in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, England; died June 8, 2003. Educator and author. Johnson gained appreciation from the academic community for his translations of Serbo-Croat literature into English. After serving in the Royal Air Force from 1952 to 1954, and being trained by the military as a Russian interpreter, he studied at the University of Nottingham, where he earned his doctorate in 1960. Johnson taught Slavonic languages and literature at his alma mater for the next five years before joining the faculty at the University of London's School of Economics and Political Science. He became head of the university's language center, and remained in London until his retirement in 1999. Johnson was the editor of New Writing in Yugoslavia (1970), which is still considered one of the most important collections of Yugoslavian literature in English translation available today.
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
Times (London, England), August 22, 2003, p. 35.