William Forsell Kirby (1844 - 1912)
William Forsell Kirby (14 January 1844 – 20 November 1912) was an English entomologist and folklorist. Kirby had a wide range of interests, knew many languages and fully translated Finland's national epic, the Kalevala, from Finnish into English. Kirby's translation, which carefully reproduces the Kalevala meter, was a major influence on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, who first read it in his teens. Kirby provided many footnotes to Sir Richard Burton's translation of the Arabian Nights. Kirby also did important work on orthopteroid insects including a three volume Catalogue of all known species.
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