Richard Wilbur

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Richard Purdy Wilbur (born March 1, 1921 in New York City , † October 14, 2017 in Belmont , Massachusetts ) was an American poet , writer and translator and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner .


Richard Wilbur was born in New York City to Lawrence Newlson Wilbur and his wife Helen Purdy and grew up in North Caldwell . He published his first poems at the age of eight. He graduated with honors from Amherst College in 1942 and served in the US Army during World War II . After the war , he graduated from Harvard University and became a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows . Richard Wilbur taught at Harvard University (1950-1954), Wesleyan University (1955-1957), and finally at Smith College . He was also a translator, specializing in the 17th century the French comedies of Molière and the dramas of Jean Racine .

On June 20, 1942, Richard Wilbur married Mary Charlotte Hayes Ward in New York City. The marriage had four children, Ellen, Christopher, Nathan and Aaron.



Volumes of poetry

  • The Beautiful Changes, and Other Poems (1947)
  • Ceremony, and Other Poems (1950)
  • A Bestiary (1955)
  • Things of This World (1956)
  • Advice to a Prophet, and Other Poems (1961)
  • Walking to Sleep: New Poems and Translations (1969)
  • The Mind-Reader: New Poems (1976)
  • New and Collected Poems (1988)
  • Mayflies: New Poems and Translations (2000)
  • Collected Poems 1943-2004 , (2004) ISBN 1-904130-17-8
  • Anterooms: New Poems and Translations (2010)

Biographical works on Richard Wilbur

  • Robert Bagg and Mary Bagg: Let us watch Richard Wilbur: a biographical study , Amherst; Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, [2017], ISBN 978-1-62534-224-9

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Neue Zürcher Zeitung : US poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur is dead , October 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Members: Richard Wilbur. American Academy of Arts and Letters, accessed May 3, 2019 .