Wilbur, Richard, 1921-....

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Birth 1921-03-21
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American poet and translator of Racine and Molière.

From the description of Correspondence and manuscripts, 1949-1986. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122692657

Wilbur is an American poet, translator, teacher and scholar; he was the second Poet Laureate of the United States and twice recipient of the Pulitizer Prize for poetry.

From the description of Papers, 1945-1970. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122615916

American author.

From the description of Letters of Richard Wilbur, 1972. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 32959834

American poet, translator and critic. He graduated from Amherst College in 1942 and has taught English at Harvard and Wesleyan Universities and Wellesley and Smith Colleges. He has been awarded numerous honors for his poetry. In 1987-1988 Mr. Wilbur served as Poet Laureate of the United States; in the following year he was the Robert Frost Library Fellow at Amherst College, where he has spoken and read his work on numerous occasions.

From the description of Wilbur papers, ca. 1945-1968. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 61726152

Poet, translator and critic Richard Purdy Wilbur was born in New York City in 1921. He graduated from Amherst College in 1942 and has taught English at Harvard and Wesleyan Universities and Wellesley and Smith Colleges. He has been awarded a number of honors for his poetry, including the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize (twice), the Wallace Stevens Award, the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Frost Medal, the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bollingen Prize, the T. S. Eliot Award, a Ford Foundation Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Memorial Award, the Oscar Blumenthal Prize for Poetry, the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award, the National Arts Club medal of honor for literature, two PEN translation awards, the Prix de Rome Fellowship, and the Shelley Memorial Award. He was elected a chevalier of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques and is a Chancellor Emeritus of The Academy of American Poets.

In addition to poetry, he has also published numerous translations of plays by Molière and Racine, contributed the lyrics for Leonard Bernstein's musical Candide, written several books for children, and produced two collections of critical writing. In 1987-1988 Richard Wilbur served as Poet Laureate of the United States; the following year he was the Robert Frost Library Fellow at Amherst College, where he has spoken and read his work on numerous occasions.

From the guide to the Richard P. Wilbur (AC 1942) Papers, ca. 1945-2005, (Amherst College Archives and Special Collections)

Richard Wilbur was born on March 1, 1921, in New York, NY. Wilbur graduated from Amhurst college, got married and then served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II. Upon returning to the United States, he enrolled in Harvard's gradutate school program and published his first book of poetry. Wilbur is one of the most acclaimed English-language poets of the twentieth century. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes, for Things of This World in 1957 and New and Collected Poems in 1988.

Biographical sources: Something About the Author Vol. 108

From the guide to the Richard Wilbur's Papers, 2000, (University of Minnesota. Children's Literature Research Collections. [clrc])

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