Emily Klenin is a native of rural Pennsylvania, where she now lives. She attended Swarthmore College and Princeton University before starting to teach at Harvard University. Professor emerita at UCLA, her professional interests have focused on cultural and linguistic contact situations in the nineteenth century, including the use of George Sand's French novels in Russian socialist literature, Russian translations of Goethe and Catullus, and the life experience of the Russian poet Afanasy Fet, whose family background was German and whose formal education was entirely in German up to university level.
She has more recently been studying the life and work of British writer Dylan Thomas, who had some command of Welsh and spent nearly his whole life in Wales, but whose work was written entirely in some of the most splendid English of the twentieth century. A selection of Emily's articles and a book can be found on Academia.edu. On a less scholarly note, she is enjoying learning about some of the varied cultural and religious experiences that have shaped American lives, in Pennsylvania and New England. She has been discovering Thoreau and, after a lifetime of determined non-belief and non-affiliation, has belatedly found the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster.
William Thomas (Gwilym Marles) (1834-1879)