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Robert Duncan

Robert DuncanAKA Edward Howard Duncan

Born: 7-Jan-1919
Birthplace: Oakland, CA
Died: 3-Feb-1988
Location of death: San Francisco, CA
Cause of death: Kidney failure

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Bending the Bow

Military service: US Army (psychological discharge for homosexuality 1941)

Father: Edward Howard Duncan (day laborer)
Mother: Marguerite Pearl Carpenter (d. childbirth)
Father: Edwin Joseph Symmes (architect, adopted him in 1919, d. 1935)
Mother: Minnehaha Harris (adoptive)
Wife: (briefly married 1940s)
Boyfriend: Jess Collins (collage artist, cohabited 1951-88)

    University: University of California at Berkeley (1936-38)
    University: Black Mountain College (briefly in 1938)
    University: University of California at Berkeley (1948-50)
    Professor: Black Mountain College (1956)

    Guggenheim Fellowship 1963
    Risk Factors: Sciatica

Is the subject of books:
Young Robert Duncan: Portrait of the Poet as Homosexual in Society, 1983, BY: Faas

Author of books:
Heavenly City, Earthly City (1947)
Caesar's Gate: Poems, 1949-50 (1955, poetry)
The Opening of the Field (1960, poetry)
Roots and Branches (1964, poetry)
The Years as Catches: First Poems, 19391946 (1966, poetry)
A Book of Resemblances: Poems, 1950-1953 (1966, poetry)
The First Decade: Selected Poems, 1940-1950 (1968, poetry)
Derivations: Selected Poems, 195056 (1968, poetry)
Bending the Bow (1968, poetry)
Tribunals (1970, poetry)
Ground Work: Before the War (1984, poetry)
Ground Work II: In the Dark (1987, poetry)

Wrote plays:
Faust Foutu (1959)
Medea at Kolchis (1965)

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