Hugo, Richard, 1923-1982

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Richard Hugo (1923-1982), American poet.

From the description of Richard Hugo collection, 1972-1982. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702183549

Richard Hugo was born in 1923 in Seattle, Washington. He was raised by his grandparents in White Center, Washington. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II. After the war, he attended the University of Washington, where he earned his B.A. in 1948 and his M.A in 1952 and was a student of Theodore Roethke. He worked as a technical writer for the Boeing Aircraft Company in Seattle. His first book of poetry, A Run of Jacks, was published in 1961; it was followed by another, Death of Kapowsin Tavern, in 1965. In 1963 he resigned his position at Boeing, and went with his wife Barbara Williams (whom he married in 1951) to Italy for a year. On returning to the United States, he was offered a position teaching creative writing at the University of Montana, where he would become head of that program. He also taught at the University of Washington and the University of Iowa. He published The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir (1973), What Thou Lovest Well Remains American (1975), 31 Letters and 13 Dreams (1977), White Center (1980) and The Right Madness on Skye (1980). After his divorce from Barbara Williams in 1965, he married Ripley Schamm in 1974. By the end of his life Hugo had accumulated many prizes and awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation creative writing grant, and the Theodore Roethke Memorial Prize. He died of leukemia in 1982.

From the guide to the Papers, [ca. 1960s], (University of Montana--Missoula Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections)

Richard Hugo was an American author, respected as both a poet and an educator. Born in Washington as Richard Hogan, he was raised by his maternal grandparents after his parents' his first collection of poems in 1961; several further collections followed, as well as a book of autobiographical essays and a respected book on writing. Hugo was considered a regional poet, but attained a national audience through his technical prowess and his rugged yet emotionally charged images.

From the description of Richard Hugo letters and related materials, 1979-1980. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 162135880

Richard Hugo was born December 21, 1923 in Seattle and was raised in White Center, a working class district of Seattle. Hugo lived with his grandparents for most of his childhood and early adult life. He served as a bombardier in Italy during World War II. Following the war, Hugo attended the University of Washington, where he studied writing with Theodore Roethke. He earned a BA in 1948 and a MA in 1952. In 1959 Hugo, along with Carolyn Kizer, Earl Pritchard and Nelson Bentley, founded the literary magazine Poetry Northwest .

While continuing to write poetry, Hugo supported himself for 13 years by working for the Boeing Aircraft Company in various jobs, including that of a technical writer. In 1963 he left Boeing to revisit Italy. He returned to the United States in 1964 to accept a teaching position at the University of Montana, where he became Director of the Creative Writing Program in 1971, and where he continued to teach until his death.

During the last two decades of his life, Hugo's reputation as a writer grew with the publication of nine collections of poetry, three chapbooks, a collection of essays and a detective novel. He was twice nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1968, the Rockefeller Foundation awarded him a traveling grant which allowed him to revisit Italy. In 1976 he was appointed editor of the Yale Younger Poets Series. In 1977 Hugo received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, which allowed him to live in Scotland from 1977-1978. At various times he was a guest lecturer at the University of Iowa, University of Arkansas, University of Colorado, and University of Washington. Hugo survived the loss of a lung to cancer in 1980, but died of leukemia in Seattle on October 22, 1982.

Posthumous publications of Hugo's work include a chapbook, Sea Lanes Out ; collected poems, Making Certain It Goes On ; and a collection of autobiographical essays, The Real West Marginal Way .

From the guide to the Richard Hugo papers and other materials, 1942-1985, 1973-1982, (University of Washington Libraries Special Collections)

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referencedIn Dickey, James. Papers, 1954-1970. Washington University in St. Louis, .
creatorOf Humphrey, James, 1939-. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 197x. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Hugo, Richard, 1923-1982. Richard Hugo collection, 1972-1982. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Dickey, James, 1923-. Papers, 1954-1970 (inclusive), 1957-1967 (bulk). Washington University in St. Louis, .
creatorOf Choice Magazine. Records, 1961-1970. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Ohio State University. Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Richard Hugo 1927- biographical file. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn The University of Montana-Missoula oral history project, 2006-2008 University of Montana--Missoula Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections
creatorOf Papers, [ca. 1960s] University of Montana--Missoula Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Slow Loris Press. Slow Loris Press records, 1971-1984. University of Connecticut, Homer Babbidge Library
referencedIn Annick Smith Papers, R 9. 1., 1940-2000 and undated Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University,
referencedIn The Richard Hugo Collection, 1959-2012 Lewis & Clark College Special Collections and Archives
creatorOf Richard Hugo papers and other materials, 1942-1985, 1973-1982 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Richard Hugo papers and other materials, 1942-1985, 1973-1982 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Smith, Annick, 1936-. Annick Smith papers, 1940-2000and undated. Texas Tech University Libraries, Academic Library
creatorOf Hugo, Richard, 1923-1982. Richard Hugo letters and related materials, 1979-1980. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Hugo, Richard, 1923-1982. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 1972-1982. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Poetry mss., 1954-2002 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
referencedIn Annick Smith Papers, R 9. 2., 1968-2007 and undated Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University,
creatorOf Balaban, John, 1943-. John Balaban correspondence and poems., 1979-1980. Pennsylvania State University, Commonwealth
referencedIn Griffith, E. V., 1927-. E.V. Griffith papers, ca. 1945-1995. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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associatedWith Balaban, John, 1943- person
associatedWith Berg, Steve. person
associatedWith Blessing, Richard Allen. person
associatedWith Choice Magazine. corporateBody
correspondedWith Dickey, James. person
associatedWith Dickey, James, 1923- person
associatedWith Garber, Frederick. person
associatedWith Goedicke, Patricia. person
associatedWith Griffith, E. V., 1927- person
correspondedWith Harkness, Edward person
associatedWith Harris, Wendell V. person
correspondedWith Hellström, Lars Gustav, 1915- person
associatedWith Hugo, Richard,  1923-1982 person
correspondedWith Hugo, Ripley S. person
associatedWith Humphrey, James, 1939- person
correspondedWith Levine, Philip,  1928 person
associatedWith Matthews, William, 1942-1997. person
associatedWith Mazzaro, Jerome person
associatedWith Modern Poetry Association corporateBody
associatedWith Roethke, Theodore,  1908-1963 person
correspondedWith Slow Loris Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Smith, Annick, 1936- person
associatedWith Solotaroff, Ted, 1928- person
correspondedWith Stafford, William,  1914-1993 person
associatedWith Stevens, Wallace,  1879-1955 person
associatedWith Thomas Victor person
associatedWith University of Montana corporateBody
associatedWith University of Montana--Missoula. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.). Dept. of English corporateBody
correspondedWith Wagoner, David person
associatedWith Weintraub, Stanley, 1929- person
associatedWith Welch, James, 1940- person
associatedWith Whitman, Ruth, 1922- person
correspondedWith Wright, James Arlington,  1927-1980 person
associatedWith W.W. Norton & Company corporateBody
associatedWith Young Bear, Ray A. person
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Literature
Arts and Humanities
American literature--20th century
Creative writing (Higher education)--Montana--Missoula
Poets, American--20th century
American poetry--20th century
Montana
College teachers--Montana--Missoula
Poets, American--Washington (State)--Archives
American poetry--Northwest, Pacific
American poetry--Montana
Authors, American--20th century
Poets, American--20th century--Correspondence
Publishers and Publishing
American poetry--Northwestern States
Authors and publishers--United States--20th century
Poetry--Study and teaching
Poets, American--Montana--Archives
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Poets
College teachers
Poets, American--Montana--Missoula
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Birth 1923-12-21

Death 1982-10-22

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