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Stanley Kunitz

 (1905- )

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  King of the River

The Quarrel

  The Testing-Tree

Haley's Comet

End of Summer

Passing Through

The Snakes of September

The Round

Touch Me

First Love

Poet Stanley Kunitz was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1905. He received his bachelor's (1926) and master's (1927) degrees from Harvard. After graduation he worked as a reporter and editor for a newspaper in Worcester. He published his first book of poetry, Intellectual Things in 1930. Kunitz served stateside in the army during World War II. After the war, he took a job teaching at Bennington College. He  taught writing at Columbia University for 22 years.  Kunitz served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1974-1976 and was a founder of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Poets House in New York City. He won the 1959 Pulitzer Prize in for Selected Poems, 1928-1958 and the National Book Award in 1995 for Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected (1995) . Kunitzwas awarded the National Medal of the Arts in 1993 and  was named Poet Laureate of the United States in 2000. Kunitz currently lives with his wife, painter Elise Asher, in Greenwich Village, New York and in  Provincetown, Massachusetts.  Works include:  Passport to the War (1940); The Testing-Tree (1971); The Poems of  Stanley Kunitz, 1928-1978; Next-to-Last Things: New Poems and Essays (1985); and  The Collected Poems of Stanley Kunitz (2000). He has also co-translated Orchard Lamps by Ivan Drach (1978); Story Under Full Sail by Andrei Voznesensky (1974); and Poems of Akhmatova (1973); and edited The Essential Blake (1987); Poems of John Keats (1964); and The Yale Series of Younger Poets (1969-77).

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