R J Dent is a novelist, poet, translator, essayist and short story writer
As a renowned translator of European literature, R J Dent has published modern English translations of Charles Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil (2009); and of Le Comte de Lautréamont’s The Songs of Maldoror (illustrated by Salvadore Dali) (2011) and Georges Bataille’s The Dead Man (2020). He has also translated the ancient Greek Poems & Fragments of Alcaeus into modern English.
He has also produced English translations of major works by Aragon, Apollinaire, Breton, Éluard, Heine, Masson, Maxa, Rollinat and De Sade. The Blood Delirium: the Vampire in 19th Century European Literature contains several significant works translated by R J Dent.
R J Dent is the author of Moonstone Silhouettes, a poetry collection. He has introduced and edited Voodoo Excess, Jeremy Reed’s poetic biography of the Rolling Stones, and he is the author/translator of several chapters of Sade: Sex and Death, a non-fiction study of the Marquis de Sade.
His poems, short stories, novellas and essays continue to appear in numerous magazines and journals, including, Inclement, Chanticleer, Roundyhouse, Writer’s Muse, Acumen, Orbis and Philosophy Now, to name but a few.
R J Dent’s literary influences are William S. Burroughs, Anthony Burgess, Anna Kavan, J.G. Ballard, Tarjei Vesaas, Angela Carter, Samuel Beckett and Ray Bradbury.
Contemporary authors that R J Dent admires include Jeremy Reed, Pascale Petit, Stephen Barber, and Philippe Djian.