Kunitz, Stanley, 1905-2006

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Birth 1905-07-29
Death 2006-05-14

Biographical notes:

American poet Kunitz won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1958 for SELECTED POEMS and held the position of Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1974 to 1976. In 2000 he was named United States Poet Laureate. He has also translated the work of a number of Russian poets.

From the description of Atlantic Monthly Press author files of Stanley Kunitz, 1965-1983. (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 177477000

Poet; New York, N.Y.

From the description of Stanley Kunitz interview, 1983 Dec. 8 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220208894

Stanley Kunitz (1905- ) is a poet from New York, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with Stanley Kunitz, 1983 Dec. 8 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 233007159

American poet and educator Stanley Kunitz has had a long and distinguished career. His verse has evolved over time, but has remained consistently dense, complex, subtle, and concerned with the large themes of life and death. He has influenced many of his contemporaries, has won the Pulitzer Prize, and was named Poet Laureate in 2000.

From the description of Stanley Kunitz letters and postal cards to Louis Untermeyer, 1962-1965. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 54429025

Poet Stanley Kunitz was born in 1905 in Worcester, Mass., the son of Eastern European immigrants.

He graduated from Harvard University in 1926 and in 1928 settled in New York, where he worked as an editor at the H.W. Wilson Company. From 1943 to 1945, he served in the U.S. Army. After World War II, he held a number of teaching positions at Bennington College, Potsdam State College, the New School for Social Research, Columbia University, and Queens College, among others.

Kunitz was a co-founder of the Fine Arts Work Center, an artists' colony in Provincetown, Mass., in 1968, and has served on its Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, and writing division.

He was the editor of the Yale Series of Younger Poets from 1969 to 1977, a member of the Academy of American Poets and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and served as the Poetry Consultant for the Library of Congress from 1974 to 1976. He also participated in a number of cultural exchange programs, including trips to Russia and Poland in 1967, to Senegal and Ghana in 1976, and to Israel and Egypt in 1980. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, he has won other prestigious awards, including a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and the National Medal of Arts.

From the description of Stanley Kunitz papers, 1919-2003 (bulk 1960-1990). (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 74209841


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