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Richard Wilbur

Richard WilburAKA Richard Purdy Wilbur

Born: 1-Mar-1921
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 14-Oct-2017
Location of death: Belmont, MA
Cause of death: unspecified

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Second U.S. Poet Laureate

Military service: US Army (infantry, WWII, European theater)

Father: Lawrence Lazear Wilbur (portrait artist)
Mother: Helen Purdy
Brother: Lawrence
Wife: Mary Charlotte Hayes Ward (m. 20-Jun-1942, one daughter, three sons)
Daughter: Ellen Dickinson
Son: Christopher Hayes
Son: Nathan Lord
Son: Aaron Hammond

    University: BA, Amherst College (1942)
    University: MA, Harvard University (1947)
    Teacher: Harvard University
    Professor: English, Wesleyan University

    US Poet Laureate 1987-88
    Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1957 for Things of This World
    Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1989 for New and Collected Poems
    National Book Award for Poetry 1957 for Things of This World
    Bollingen Prize in Poetry 1971 (with Mona Van Duyn)
    Guggenheim Fellowship 1952
    National Medal of Arts 1994

Author of books:
The Beautiful Changes and Other Poems (1947, poetry)
Ceremony and Other Poems (1950, poetry)
Things of This World: Poems (1956, poetry)
Advice to a Prophet and Other Poems (1961, poetry)
Loudmouse (1963, juvenile)
Walking to Sleep (1969, poetry)
Opposites (1973, juvenile)
The Mind Reader: New Poems (1976, poetry)
Responses: Prose Pieces 19531976 (1976, criticism)
New and Collected Poems (1987, poetry)
Mayflies (2000, poetry)
Collected poems, 1943-2004 (2004, poetry)

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