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"Richard Wilbur"                                        Photographed by g. Paul Bishop, '56
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Richard Wilbur
(Richard Purdy Wilbur)

Poet Laureate
Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry - 1957, 1989


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Richard Wilbur
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Richard Wilbur 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.


Ellmann, Richard and Robert O'Clair. Modern Poems: An Introduction to Poetry.
     New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1973, p. 366.



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