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1940s - present
Collection Number: multiple accessions, beginning 1989
Extent: ca. 100 linear
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Poet W. D.
Snodgrass was born William De Witt Snodgrass on January 5, 1926, in
W. D. Snodgrass's first book, a collection of poetry titled Heart's Needle (New York: Knopf, 1959) was awarded the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Since that publication Snodgrass has produced over thirty books of poetry, translations, and criticism.
In addition to Heart's Needle, the poet's other published collections of poetry include After Experience (1968), the Fuhrer Bunker: A Cycle of Poems in Progress (1977), Remains (1970), and The Death of Cock Robin (1989). Among his other publications are the translations of Gallows Songs by Christian Morgenstern (1967), Six Troubadour Songs (1977), and Traditional Hungarian Songs (1978); as well as the volume of criticism, In Radical Pursuit: Critical Essays and Lectures (1975). A major retrospective collection of Snodgrass's poetry, Selected Poems, 1957-1987, was published by Soho Press in 1987.
Snodgrass has also contributed poetry, essays, reviews, and translations to many major journals, newspapers, and anthologies. His work appears in such anthologies as Reading Modern Poetry (1955), New Poets of England and America (1957), New World Writing (1957), and Theodore Roethke: Essays on Poetry (1965).
His cycle of poems, The Fuhrer Bunker, was adapted as a play and
performed off-Broadway at American Place Theatre on
In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, the poet has been honored with such
awards as the Hudson Review Fellowship (1958), the Longview Award (1959), the
Poetry Society of America Special Citation (1960), the Guiness Award (1961),
the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award (1968), and the Centennial Medel of Romania
(1977). Snodgrass was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in
1972, and was made a Fellow of the
Following faculty assignments at
Evory, Ann. Contemporary Authors. New Revision Series, Volume 6.
The W. D. Snodgrass Papers consists of nearly 100 linear feet from multiple accessions of correspondence, photographs and personal papers, drafts of poems, essays, and other manuscripts.
Mss 274 W. D. Snodgrass Collection
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