More Opposites Richard Wilbur

ISBN: 9780151700721

Published: October 1st 1991

Hardcover

34 pages


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More Opposites  by  Richard Wilbur

More Opposites by Richard Wilbur
October 1st 1991 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 34 pages | ISBN: 9780151700721 | 3.40 Mb

Early years :Wilbur was born in New York City and grew up in North Caldwell, New Jersey.He graduated from Montclair High School in 1938, having worked on the school newspaper as a student there. He graduated from Amherst College in 1942 and then served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945 during World War II. After the Army and graduate school at Harvard University, Wilbur taught at Wesleyan University for two decades and at Smith College for another decade. At Wesleyan, he was instrumental in founding the award-winning poetry series of the University Press.He received two Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry and, as of 2011, teaches at Amherst College.He is also on the editorial board of the literary magazine The Common, based at Amherst College.He married Charlotte Hayes Ward in 1942 after his graduation from Amherst- she was a student at nearby Smith College.Career :When only 8 years old, Wilbur published his first poem in John Martins Magazine.

His first book, The Beautiful Changes and Other Poems, appeared in 1947. Since then he has published several volumes of poetry, including New and Collected Poems (Faber, 1989). Wilbur is also a translator, specializing in the 17th century French comedies of Molière and the dramas of Jean Racine.

His translation of Tartuffe has become the standard English version of the play, and has been presented on television twice (a 1978 production is available on DVD.)Continuing the tradition of Robert Frost and W. H. Auden, Wilburs poetry finds illumination in everyday experiences. Less well-known is Wilburs foray into lyric writing. He provided lyrics to several songs in Leonard Bernsteins 1956 musical, Candide, including the famous Glitter and Be Gay and Make Our Garden Grow. He has also produced several unpublished works such as The Wing and To Beatrice.His honors include the 1983 Drama Desk Special Award for his translation of The Misanthrope, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Award, both in 1957, the Edna St Vincent Millay award, the Bollingen Prize, and the Chevalier, Ordre National des Palmes Académiques.

He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1959.In 1987 Wilbur became the second poet, after Robert Penn Warren, to be named U.S. Poet Laureate after the positions title was changed from Poetry Consultant.

In 1989 he won a second Pulitzer, this one for his New and Collected Poems. On October 14, 1994, he received the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton. In 2006, Wilbur won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. In 2010 he won the National Translation Award for the translation of The Theatre of Illusion by Pierre Corneille.



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