[INDOLOGY] Stanley Insler's translation of the Rigveda?

David and Nancy Reigle dnreigle at gmail.com
Wed Jan 13 02:15:17 UTC 2016

I was able to contact Stanley Insler directly about this, and I here post
his reply, with his permission:

"Owing to a variety of other commitments, I abandoned my efforts to
translate the RV about 20 years ago. The project then fell into the hands
of 2 of my former students, Prof. Stephanie Jamison (UCLA) and Prof. Joel
Brereton (UT Austin). They worked from scratch for 15 years (I didn't turn
over my work to them) and their translation was published by OUP (in 3
vols.) in June 2014. It is excellent in every aspect. I say this not
because it is the work of my students but because it is excellent."
   Stanley Insler"

Best regards,

David Reigle
Colorado, U.S.A.

On Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 10:59 AM, David and Nancy Reigle <dnreigle at gmail.com
> wrote:

> To anyone who may know,
> Frits Staal in the Preface to his monumental 1983 book, *Agni: The Vedic
> Ritual of the Fire Altar*, wrote (p. xxix): “When the work was nearing
> completion, I learned that Professor Stanley Insler of Yale was translating
> the Ṛgveda and had completed nearly half of it.” Staal was able to include
> Insler’s translations of a number of Ṛgveda verses in this book. I always
> wondered what ever happened to Insler’s translation of the Ṛgveda,
> especially when I later learned of the (then) forthcoming (now published)
> translation by Stephanie Jamison and Joel Brereton, former students of his.
> Did Insler ever complete his translation? If not, will the completed
> portion ever be made available? I would think that the labor of a
> specialist like Stanley Insler is worth preserving and making available.
> For a text as difficult as the Ṛgveda, where there is no question of having
> a “definitive” translation, this would take nothing away from the carefully
> made translation that Jamison and Brereton labored for many years to
> complete.
> Best regards,
> David Reigle
> Colorado, U.S.A.

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