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John Ashbery

John AshberyAKA John Lawrence Ashbery

Born: 28-Jul-1927
Birthplace: Rochester, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [1]
Occupation: Poet

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

His poem Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror refers to a painting by Parmigiano.


[1] American Culture's Debt to Gay Sons of Harvard (Dinitia Smith, The New York Times, 29th May 2003.) See also The Crimson Letter: Harvard, Homosexuality and the Shaping of American Culture (2003), by Douglass Shand-Tucci.

Father: Chester F. Ashbery (farmer)
Mother: Helen L. Ashbery (biology teacher)
Brother: (younger, d. age 9)

    High School: Deerfield Academy
    University: Harvard University (1949)
    University: MA, Columbia University (1951)

    Newsweek Art Critic (1960's)
    ARTnews Executive Editor (1965-72)
    Partisan Review Poetry Editor (1976-80)
    The New York Herald Tribune Art Critic, Euro Edition (1960-65)
    Fulbright
    MacArthur Fellowship 1985
    Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1976 for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror
    National Book Award for Poetry 1976 for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror
    Bollingen Prize in Poetry 1985 for A Wave
    Poetry Society of America

Author of books:
Turandot and Other Poems (1953, poetry)
Some Trees (1956, poetry)
Three Poems (1957, poetry)
The Poems (1960, poetry)
The Tennis Court Oath (1962, poetry)
Rivers and Mountains (1966, poetry)
Sunrise in Suburbia (1968, poetry)
A Nest of Ninnies (1969, novel, with James Schuyler)
The Double Dream of Spring (1970, poetry)
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975, poetry)
A Wave (1984, poetry)
Flow Chart (1991, poetry)
Your Name Here (2000, poetry)
As Umbrellas Follow Rain (2001, poetry)
Chinese Whispers: Poems (2002, poetry)


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