Dillon, George, 1906-1968

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George Dillon was an American poet, editor, and translator. He was born in Florida, raised in the Midwest, and graduted from the University of Chicago. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his collection of poems, The Flowering Stone. He was also the editor of the journal Poetry, and translated Baudelaire's poems from Les Fleurs du Mal in conjunction with Edna St. Vincent Millay.

From the description of George Dillon letter to Mr. Townsend, 1932. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 59716585

George Dillon (November 12, 1906-May 9, 1968), the American poet and editor, was born in Jacksonville, Florida. His parents moved around frequently when he was a child and he lived in Kentucky, Ohio, and Missouri, before moving to Chicago after high school. As a student at the University of Chicago, Dillon began to write and edit poetry.

Dillon's first poetry collection, Boy in the Wind, appeared when he was barely twenty-one, yet the critic for the Dial stated: "There is no timidity of evasion, no suggestion of frailty or wavering. His lines have always the assurance of authority, the finality of complete mastery." Louis Untermeyer, in the Saturday Review of Literature, wrote: "His pages...tempt one to cast aside criticism for scarcely reserved enthusiasm." Untermeyer decided that Dillon had not fulfilled his earlier promise, however he was omitted from subsequent editions.

Of his second volume, The Flowering Stone – which won the Pulitzer Prize – Babette Deutsch, the critic for the New York Herald Tribune Books, wrote that though Dillon had been attentive to the lessons of more established poets, "no poet save himself can have brought him to the source of his poetry, or unsealed that bright fountain to our refreshment and joy. Only a searching mind and an alert, sensitive body could have combined to produce poetry of this calibre." Dillon translated poems by Ronsard, Aragon, Eluard, and Michaux, all of which were published in Poetry. Indeed, he is now chiefly remembered for these, since he failed to develop the promise shown in his first volumes. Now chiefly remembered for his Baudelaire and Racine translations, Dillon failed to add to his reputation after his second volume of poetry. [From World Authors 1900-1950 (1996)]

From the guide to the George Dillon Papers, 1862-1982, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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referencedIn Letters to Wesley Hartley from various 20th century American authors and playwrights, 1957-1961. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Dillon, George, 1906-1968. Letter to Mr. Gessler. Chicago, IL. 1928 Jan. 3. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Poetry mss., 1954-2002 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Stearns, Florence Dickinson, 1883-. Papers of Florence Stearns [manuscript] 1920-55. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Meeker, Arthur, 1902-1971. Arthur Meeker, Jr. papers, 1850-1972, bulk 1920-1945. Newberry Library
referencedIn Edna St. Vincent Millay Collection, 1919-2001, (bulk 1928-1985) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967. Letters of tribute to Carl Sandburg [manuscript], 1951-1952. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Daiches, David, 1912-2005. Hopwood Awards Collection, 1930- University of Michigan
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
creatorOf Henderson, Alice Corbin, 1881-1949. Papers, 1861-1987 (bulk 1920-1949). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Dillon, George, 1906-1968. Letter : New York, to Gladys [Campbell], n.p., 1936 Nov. 14. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Bowe, Augustine Joseph, 1892-1966. Augustine J. Bowe papers, 1890-1966, bulk 1940-1966. Newberry Library
creatorOf Dillon, George, 1906-1968. Letter to Devere Allen [manuscript], 1927 May 12. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Barber, Samuel, 1910-1981. Serenader / [words by] George Dillon ; [music by] Sam Barber. Library of Congress
referencedIn Jean Burden Papers, 1931-1992 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Campbell, Gladys, 1892-1992. Gladys Campbell papers, 1914-1995. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Dillon, George, 1906-1968. George Dillon letter to Mr. Townsend, 1932. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Lechlitner, Ruth, 1901-1989. Papers of Ruth Lechlitner, 1919-1988. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
referencedIn Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1892-1950. Edna St. Vincent Millay collection, 1919-2001 (bulk 1928-1985). Library of Congress
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creatorOf Bonner, Amy. Amy Bonner papers. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Peirce, Waldo, 1884-1970. Papers of Waldo Peirce, 1936 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf George Dillon Papers, 1862-1982 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
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referencedIn Kathleen Foster Campbell papers, 1924-1992 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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correspondedWith Bonner, Amy. person
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correspondedWith Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962 person
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associatedWith Campbell, Gladys, 1892-1992. person
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associatedWith Campbell, Kathleen. person
associatedWith Carpenter, Margaret Haley. person
associatedWith Carruth, Hayden, 1921- person
associatedWith Ciardi, John, 1916-1986 person
associatedWith Cocteau, Jean, 1889-1963 person
associatedWith Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989 person
associatedWith Daly, James Joseph, 1901- person
associatedWith De Vries, Peter, 1910-1993 person
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associatedWith Giraudoux, Jean, 1882-1944 person
associatedWith Henderson, Alice Corbin, 1881-1949. person
associatedWith Huebsch, B. W. (Benjamin W.), 1876-1964 person
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associatedWith Lechlitner, Ruth, 1901-1989. person
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associatedWith MacDonald, Jessica North, 1894- person
associatedWith MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982 person
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associatedWith Meacham, Harry M. (Harry Monroe), 1901-1975 person
associatedWith Meeker, Arthur, 1902-1971. person
associatedWith Mellon, Paul. person
associatedWith Meredith, William, 1919-2007 person
associatedWith Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1892-1950. person
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associatedWith Peirce, Waldo, 1884-1970. person
associatedWith Prévert, Jacques, 1900-1977 person
associatedWith Rago, Henry, 1915-1969 person
associatedWith Rivier, Jean, 1896-1987 person
associatedWith Ronsard, Pierre de, 1524-1585 person
associatedWith Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967. person
associatedWith Shapiro, Karl Jay, 1913-2000 person
associatedWith Smith, William Jay, 1918- person
associatedWith Stearns, Florence Dickinson, 1883- person
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associatedWith Townsend, John Wilson, 1885-1968, person
associatedWith Trigg, Emma Gray White. person
associatedWith Untermeyer, Jean Starr, 1886-1970 person
associatedWith Wheeler, Monroe, 1899-1988 person
associatedWith Zabel, Morton Dauwen, 1901-1964 person
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American literature
American poetry
American poetry
Poets, American
Poets, American
French literature
Periodical editors
Poetry, Modern


Birth 1906-11-12

Death 1968-05-09




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