Eberhart, Richard, 1904-2005

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Birth 1904-04-05
Death 2005-06-09

Biographical notes:

Poet and educator.

From the description of Richard Eberhart correspondence and poems, 1927-1969. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71009984

Pulitzer prize winning poet, b. Apr. 5, 1904, Austin, Minn.; d. June 9, 2005, Hanover, N.H. at age 101.

From the description of First four lines of "The groundhog", 1961 Feb. 10. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 639465216

From the description of Autographed "Lenses" poem, 1972. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 639465244

From the description of Richard Eberhart letter to George S. Daniels, 1969 Nov. 18. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 639465261

From the description of Autographed "Ives" poem, 1974 Oct. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 639465240

From the description of Richard Eberhart letter to Chairman of the Department of English, Brown University, 1954 Jan. 6. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 639465248

Eberhart is an American poet who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1966 and the National Book Award in 1977.

From the description of Papers : concerning Burr oaks, 1947. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 86143806

From the guide to the Papers concerning, Burr oaks, 1947., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

American poet.

From the description of Baudelaire : autograph poem signed : [Cambridge, Mass.], 1949, Thanksgiving Day. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270745162

From the description of Letters to Thomas Lask of the New York times, 28 March and 5 April 1969. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 18632729

From the description of [Letter and poems] / Richard Eberhart. [1958-1963] (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 214281055

Richard Eberhart (1904-2005) was a prize-winning American poet. Over his career he published more than a dozen books of poetry and approximately twenty works in total. Eberhart won a Pulitzer Prize in 1966 for Selected Poems: 1930-1965 and a National Book Award in 1977 for Collected Poems: 1930-1976 .

From the guide to the Richard Eberhart Collection, 1963-1966, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Poet and Professor.

From the description of Papers. (University of Florida). WorldCat record id: 31190120

Richard Ghormley Eberhart, American poet. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1966 for Selected poems: 1930-1965.

From the description of Richard Eberhart, collected poems : proof sheets. [1959?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 662161907

Distinguished poet Richard Eberhart was born in Minnesota, and lived an idyllic life until experiencing the twin shocks of family financial crisis and his mother's death; his verse was significantly influenced by these experiences, and he would later cite his mother's death as the moment he became a poet. Eberhart was educated at the University of Minnesota, Dartmouth, Cambridge, and Harvard; he later worked various jobs as a tutor and educator, served in the naval reserve in World War II, and worked in business, all the while writing poetry and verse plays. His poetry gained much critical acclaim, including a Bollingen Prize in 1962, the Pulitzer Prize in 1966, and the National Book Award in 1977. He taught for thirty years at Dartmouth, encouraging young poets such as Robert Lowell.

From the description of Richard Eberhart letters and related materials, 1945-1975. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70669993

Richard Eberhart was born in Austin, Minnesota, on April 5, 1904. He received a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, which conferred an Honorary Doctorship in Letters on him in 1954, a B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University, and attended graduate school at Harvard. He was a school teacher, before entering the U.S. Navy in World War II. After the war, he joined a family business, the Butcher Polish Company of Boston. In 1952 he went back to teaching and served as a poet in residence, professor, and lecturer at various colleges and universities.

His first book, A Bravery of Earth, 1930, was followed by many others, including Reading the Spirit, 1936, Song and Idea, 1940, Undercliff, Poems, 1946-1953, and Great Praises, 1957, and Selected Poems, 1966. His Collected Poems, 1930-1986, was published in 1988. He received many prizes for his work, including the the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award (1955), the Bollingen Prize (1962), the Pulitzer Prize (1966), the National Book Award (1976), and the Poetry Society of America Robert Frost Medal. He was the Library of Congress Consultant in Poetry from 1959 to 1961. He died June 9, 2005.

From the guide to the Richard Eberhart Papers, 1977-1990, (Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida)


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  • College verse, American
  • Literature--American Poetry
  • Poets, American--20th century--Autographs
  • Poets, American
  • Bollingen Prize
  • American literature--20th century
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • College verse--Dartmouth College
  • American poetry--20th century
  • Poetry
  • Poets, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • College teaching
  • Poetry, Modern--20th century
  • Poetry--Marketing


  • Poets
  • Educators


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  • New Hampshire--Hanover (as recorded)