Dugan, Alan.

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Alan Dugan (1923-2003), award-winning poet and educator, was born in Brooklyn, New York and spent most of his childhood in Queens. Dugan was drafted into the Air Force during World War II and served as a mechanic for B-52s in the Pacific theater. After the war, Dugan enrolled in Olivet College in Manhattan where he met his future wife, artist Judith Shahn. Eventually, Dugan and Shahn dropped out of Olivet in protest of the firing of a professor and moved to Mexico City. Dugan graduated from Mexico City College with a Bachelor's degree in English in 1951 and the couple returned to Manhattan. They were married in 1956. Dugan published several volumes of poetry, including General Prothalamion in Populous Times (1961), Poems (1961), Poems 2 (1963), Poems 3 (1967), Poems 4 (1974), Sequence (1976), New and Collected Poems, 1961-1983 (1983), Ten Years of Poems (1987), Poems 6 (1989), and Poems 7 (2001). Poems, his first commercially published collection, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1962. His final collection, Poems 7, also won the National Book Award. Dugan taught at various universities throughout his life, including Sarah Lawrence College, Connecticut College, Western Washington State College, the University of Arkansas, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of Colorado. He died of pneumonia in 2003 in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

From the description of Alan Dugan papers, 1861-2003. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 759928044

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referencedIn American Review records, 1967-1977 Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Dugan, Alan. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 1982-1990. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Dugan, Alan. Poetry reading at Sarah Lawrence College [sound recording] / by Alan Dugan. Sarah Lawrence College, Esther Raushenbush Library
creatorOf Dugan, Alan. Reading from "Poems 1, 2" at Sarah Lawrence College [sound recording] / Alan Dugan. Sarah Lawrence College, Esther Raushenbush Library
referencedIn Woodberry Poetry Room (Harvard College Library) poetry readings, 1931- (ongoing). Woodberry Poetry Room, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Woodberry Poetry Room (Harvard College Library) collection of photographs of poets, 1959-1994 and undated. Houghton Library
referencedIn Bobbye S. Ortiz Papers, (bulk, 1919-1993 and undated, 1950-1990) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Ryan, Michael, 1946-. Papers of Michael Ryan [manuscript], 1957-1990. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dugan, Alan. Autograph letter signed : Paris, to Toby Foote, 1961 May 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Nobles, Edward, 1954-. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 1983. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Lowenfels, Walter, 1897-1976. Papers, 1966-1967. Washington University in St. Louis, .
creatorOf Dugan, Alan. Alan Dugan papers, 1861-2003. Emory University. Special Collections and Archives
referencedIn Ben Shahn papers Archives of American Art
referencedIn Abbe, George, 1911-1989. Free lance magazine archives, ca. 1964-1969. Washington University in St. Louis, .
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associatedWith American Review corporateBody
associatedWith Burden, Carter, person
associatedWith Ecco Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Ellefson, J.C. person
associatedWith Foote, E. Toby, person
correspondedWith Lowenfels, Walter, 1897-1976. person
associatedWith Nobles, Edward, 1954- person
associatedWith Ortiz, Bobbye S. person
associatedWith Ryan, Michael, 1946- person
associatedWith Sarah Lawrence College. corporateBody
associatedWith Shahn, Ben person
associatedWith Shahn, Judith, 1929- person
associatedWith Stanford, Frank, 1949- person
associatedWith Waring, Belle, 1951-. person
associatedWith Woodberry Poetry Room (Harvard College Library). corporateBody
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Poets, American


Birth 1923-02-12

Death 2003-09-03




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