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(Richard Purdy Wilbur)
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was born March 1, 1921, in New York City. His father, Lawrence
Wilbur, was an artist; his mother came from a family prominent
in journalism, a direction which he was to follow briefly later.
Two years after his birth, the family took a very old house in
North Caldwell, New Jersey, and he developed there, he was said
to have a taste for country things. He worked on student
newspapers at his high school and then at Amherst College.
During the Second World War he served at Cassino, Annzio, and
the Siegfried Line. After the war he took an M.A. at Harvard and
was elected a member of the Society of Fellows, where for three
years he devoted himself to verse. He then taught at Harvard
(1950-54), Wellesley (1955-57), and finally at Wesleyan. Wilbur
has made splendid translations of Molière's The Misanthrope
and Tartuffe, and with Lillian Hellman he wrote lyrics
for a comic opera, Candide, based on Voltaire's novel.
Richard and Robert O'Clair. Modern Poems: An Introduction
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1973, p. 366.
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