Ancient Purple is a UK publisher specialising in form-preserving translations of Russian poetry.

Our mission is to help Anglophone readers to appreciate the true power of Russian verse by reproducing not only its key imagery and tropes but also rhythm, rhyme and generally aural impact in translation. These publications will help students and educators by providing matching texts in Russian and English supplemented by extensive commentary and background information. Our books may also assist young readers born to Russophone parents but raised outside the Russian-speaking realm to regain their cultural heritage while remaining in the medium of the English language at first.

See our Manifesto and the list of titles.

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Ancient Purple
Pump House, Quarry Road
Hurtmore, Godalming
United Kingdom