Merwin, W.S. (William Stanley), 1927-

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Birth 1927-09-30
Spanish; Castilian, English

Biographical notes:

American poet and writer.

From the description of Letters, to Arthur Gregor, 1966-1969. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122587287

Born in New York City, 1927; educated at Princeton University (class of 1948); Pulitzer Prize-winning author, poet, translator, and environmental activist.

From the description of W.S. Merwin papers 1946- (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign). WorldCat record id: 57553010

American poet and translator.

From the description of Correspondence and works, 1952-73, nd. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 86168047

W.S. Merwin, poet, translator and adaptor; Euripides, playwright.

From the description of Clytemnestra, Part one : Iphigenia at Aulis: typescript, 1992. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122517925

William Stanley Merwin was born in New York, raised in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and educated at Princeton. He worked abroad as a tutor and translator before publishing his first collection of poetry in 1952. He returned to the United States and built a career around writing, producing translations, fiction, drama, and especially a large and respected collection of poetry. An excellent technical poet, Merwin helped rejuvenate traditional forms and has created a complex, often difficult, but accomplished and rewarding body of verse. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1971 for The Carrier of Ladders.

From the description of W.S. Merwin letters, 1955-1957. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 64707992


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