John Florio (1555-1625) was a distinguished writer and translator of Italian Protestant descent, who lived and worked in London. He translated Boccaccio’s Decameron and published two Italian-English dictionaries.
The John Florio Prize is awarded biennially for the best English translation of a full-length Italian work of literary merit and general interest. It was first awarded in 1963.
The prize was co-sponsored, until 2010, by the British-Italian Society and the Society of Authors in London.
The winners from 2000 to 2010 were:
2010 – Jamie McKendrick – The Embrace: Selected Poems (Valerio Magrelli, Faber)
2008 – Peter Robinson – The Greener Meadow (Luciano Erba, Princeton University Press)
2006 – Carol O’Sullivan & Martin Thom – Kuraj (Silvia de Natale, Bloomsbury)
2004 – Howard Curtis – Coming Back (Edoardo Albinati, Hesperus Press)
2002 – Stephen Satarelli – Prince of the Clouds (Gianni Riotta, Flamingo)
2000 – Martin McLaughlin – Why Read the Classics? (Italo Calvino, Jonathan Cape)