Smith, William Jay, 1918-....

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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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creatorOf Smith, William Jay, 1918-. William Jay Smith poems sent to Louis Untermeyer, 1964 June 28. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Voice of America (Organization). Voice of America Forum Lectures in American Poetry series scripts, circa 1965. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Bronk, William. William Bronk papers, 1908-1999. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Robert A. Wilson collection, 1906-2011 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf Fredericks, Claude. Claude Fredericks papers, ca. 1850-1988 (bulk 1961-1988). Getty Research Library
creatorOf Smith, William Jay, 1918-. William Jay Smith Papers 1957. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Smith, William A., 1918- : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Meacham, Harry M. (Harry Monroe), 1901-1975. Harry M. Meacham papers [manuscript] , 1900-75. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Smith, William Jay, 1918-. William Jay Smith Papers, 1957-1998. Hollins University, Wyndham Robertson Library
referencedIn John Hollander Papers, circa 1950-2007 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Chapin, Katherine Garrison, 1890-1977. Katherine Biddle papers, 1907-1977 (bulk 1935-1969). Georgetown University, Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library
creatorOf Lent, Blair. The telephone : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Smith, William Jay, 1918-. Papers, 1924-1984. Washington University in St. Louis, .
referencedIn William Bronk Papers, 1908-1999. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Andrei Voznesenskii papers, 1955-2004 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Meredith, William, 1919-2007. William Meredith papers, 1947-1979. Library of Congress
creatorOf Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968. Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Duvoisin, Roger, 1900-1980. Poems from France : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Poems, 1896-1967. Houghton Library.
referencedIn George Dillon Papers, 1862-1982 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Smith, William Jay, 1918-. Autograph letter signed Bill to Doris December] Saturday [?], [1959]. Wellesley College
referencedIn Partridge, Sanborn, 1915-. "Young Turks" reunion papers, 1964-2000. Vermont Historical Society
creatorOf Anderson, Lee, 1896-1972. Papers, 1933-1976 (inclusive), 1948-1972 (bulk). Washington University in St. Louis, .
creatorOf Hardwick, Elizabeth. Papers, 1934-1991 (bulk 1960-1990). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Powell, Dawn. Dawn Powell Papers, 1910-1998. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Morit︠s︡, I︠U︡nna, 1937-. Office files of The American Poetry Review, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Howes, Barbara. [Correspondence, poems and reviews by and about Barbara Howes] University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
creatorOf Smith, William Jay, 1918-. Papers. Washington University in St. Louis, .
creatorOf Smith, William Jay, 1918-. Papers of William Jay Smith [manuscript], 1957. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Randall, Julia, 1923-. Julia Randall papers, 1930-2001. Hollins University, Wyndham Robertson Library
creatorOf Eastman, Donna Kelly, 1945-. Old Cherokee woman's song : for mezzo-soprano, flute, cello, and piano / music by Donna Kelly Eastman ; poem by William Jay Smith. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Cheuse, Alan. Papers of Alan Cheuse [manuscript], 1999-2003. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bogan, Louise, 1897-1970. Papers, 1930-1990 (inclusive), 1930-1970 (bulk). Amherst College
referencedIn Oscar Williams papers concerning The war poets, 1944-1945. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Spencer, Elizabeth, 1921-. Elizabeth Spencer papers, 1911-2003 (bulk 1999-2003. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Correspondence, poems and reviews by and about Barbara Howes. 1958-1974., 1958-1974 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Department of Special Collections
creatorOf Palaemon Press (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Editorial archive, 1974-1984. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Smith, William Jay, 1918-. Two lockets : manuscript poem, 1945. Library of Congress
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Adams, Léonie, 1899-1988. person
associatedWith Anderson, Lee, 1896-1972. person
associatedWith Ashton, Dore. person
correspondedWith Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 person
associatedWith Barzun, Jacques, 1907- person
associatedWith Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979. person
correspondedWith Bjørnvig, Thorkild person
associatedWith Bogan, Louise, 1897-1970. person
associatedWith Bronk, William. person
associatedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968. person
correspondedWith Chapin, Katherine Garrison, 1890-1977. person
associatedWith Cheuse, Alan. person
associatedWith Corman, Cid. person
associatedWith Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989. person
associatedWith Cozzens, James Gould, 1903-1978. person
associatedWith Creekmore, Hubert, 1907-1966. person
associatedWith Cunningham, J. V. (James Vincent), 1911-1985. person
associatedWith Decker, Clarence Raymond, 1904-1969 , person
associatedWith Deutsch, Babette, 1895-1982. person
associatedWith Dillon, George, 1906-1968 person
associatedWith Duvoisin, Roger, 1900-1980. person
associatedWith Eastman, Donna Kelly, 1945- person
associatedWith Eberhart, Richard, 1904-2005. person
associatedWith Engle, Paul, 1908-1991. person
associatedWith Evett, Robert, 1922-1975. person
associatedWith Eyges, Doris Holmes, person
associatedWith Fowlie, Wallace, 1908- person
associatedWith Fredericks, Claude. person
associatedWith Frost, Robert, 1874-1963. person
associatedWith Gardner, Isabella. person
associatedWith Garrett, George, 1929-2008. person
associatedWith Hardwick, Elizabeth. person
associatedWith Hoffman, Daniel, 1923- person
associatedWith Hollander, John. person
associatedWith Howes, Barbara. person
associatedWith Howes, Barbara. person
associatedWith Kéry, László. person
associatedWith Lent, Blair. person
associatedWith Meacham, Harry M. (Harry Monroe), 1901-1975. person
correspondedWith Meredith, William, 1919-2007. person
associatedWith Morit︠s︡, I︠U︡nna, 1937-. person
associatedWith Nemerov, Howard. person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Palaemon Press (Winston-Salem, N.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Partridge, Sanborn, 1915- person
associatedWith Poetry Society of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980. person
associatedWith Powell, Dawn. person
associatedWith Prince, F. T. (Frank Templeton), 1912- person
associatedWith Randall, Julia, 1923- person
associatedWith Roditi, Edouard. person
associatedWith Sjöberg, Leif. person
associatedWith Smith family. family
associatedWith Spencer, Elizabeth, 1921- person
associatedWith Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995. person
associatedWith Starkie, Enid. person
associatedWith Tate, Allen, 1899-1979. person
associatedWith Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977, person
associatedWith Vajda, Miklós, 1931- person
associatedWith Vas, István. person
associatedWith Voice of America (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith Voznesenskii, A. (Andrei) person
associatedWith Voznesenskiĭ, Andreĭ, 1933-2010. person
associatedWith Walcott, Derek. person
correspondedWith Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964 person
associatedWith Wilson, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922- person
associatedWith Woodberry Poetry Room (Harvard College Library). corporateBody
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