John Dewey was born in 1942 and grew up in Greater London. He studied languages at Cambridge and for many years taught German and Russian in schools and further education.
Early retirement brought an opportunity to branch out into literary translation. His various publications in this field include a translation of Boris Yampolsky’s chilling novel of life under Stalin The Old Arbat (nominated in 2006 for the Translation Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavonic and East European Literatures), and a version of Pushkin’s narrative poem The Bronze Horseman which was shortlisted for the 1996/97 John Dryden Translation Prize. His biography and translations of Fyodor Tyutchev are the result of a lifelong fascination dating back to student days.
Other interests include walking, travel and choral singing. He is married with children and grandchildren, and lives in Dorset.