Smith, William Jay, 1918-....

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Birth 1918-04-22

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American author and Washington University alumnus.

From the description of Papers. 1924-1985. (Washington University in St. Louis). WorldCat record id: 12959285

Poet and Library of Congress poetry consultant (1968-1970).

From the description of Two lockets : manuscript poem, 1945. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70984138

American poet.

From the description of Papers of William Jay Smith [manuscript], 1957. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647842088

American author of poetry, criticism, translations, and children's books.

From the description of Papers, 1924-1984. (Washington University in St. Louis). WorldCat record id: 28421411

William Jay Smith was born April 22, 1918, in Winnfield, LA. He followed a career as a writer and teacher in English. He is best known as a poet, both for adults and children, and has received awards and honors for his portry. He also worked as a translator, being fluent in French and Italian, and also familiar with Spanish and Russian. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 2, 68 Something About the Author Autobiography Series, vol. 22.

From the description of William Jay Smith Papers 1957. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 471786505

Smith served as Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University (Roanoke, Va.) during the 1965-66 session and as a Faculty member of the English Dept. 1967-1980. He left Hollins to take the position of Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a position now called Poet Laureate) from 1968-1970. Poet and translator, Smith has written poetry for both adults and children.

From the description of William Jay Smith Papers, 1957-1998. (Hollins University). WorldCat record id: 53466535

William Jay Smith is a poet, scholar, and translator. Praised for his diverse poetic output, his virtuoso style, and his innovation, Smith has been influential on a maturing generation of new poets. He also has an impressive academic record, including a stint as poetry consultant at the Library of Congress, a position as poetry reviewer at Harper's, and numerous appointments as poet-in-residence at various universities. He also served one term in the Vermont House of Representatives.

From the description of William Jay Smith poems sent to Louis Untermeyer, 1964 June 28. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 55081868


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