American poet, biographer, and translator Mary Ethel Barnard was born in Vancouver, Washington on December 6, 1909. She was the daughter of Bertha Hoard and Samuel Melvin Barnard, who worked in the timber industry. After graduating from Reed College in 1932, Barnard established a relationship by mail with Ezra Pound, who became her literary mentor. Her poetry, prose, and translations of Greek poetry were published in literary magazines and as monographs. She was awarded numerous honors throughout her career, including the Levinson Award (1936), the Elliston Award (1979), and the Western States Book Award for Poetry (1986). Barnard died in 2001.
From the guide to the Mary Barnard papers, 1890-2001, 1933-2001, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)
Mary Barnard was born in 1909 in Vancouver, Washington, where she lived most of her life. She spent 20 years in New York meeting other poets including Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Marianne Moore. She was curator of the poetry collection of the Lockwood Memorial Library in Buffalo for four years. Her translation of the works of Sappho has been published in numerous editions and is still used in college classrooms today. She died in 2002.
From the description of Mary Barnard papers, 1924-2000. 1924-2000. (CORVALLIS BENTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY). WorldCat record id: 55142918