Wilbur (Richard) poems and photograph Edit

Summary

Identifier
6027
Finding Aid Author
Sue Luftschein
Finding Aid Date
2013
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Dates

  • 1970 – 1987 (Creation)

Extents

  • 2 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 oversized folder

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Notes

  • Biographical note

    Richard Wilbur was born in New York City and grew up in North Caldwell, New Jersey. After graduating from Amherst College in 1942, he served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945 during World War II. After the Army and graduate school at Harvard University, Wilbur taught at Wesleyan University for two decades and at Smith College for another decade. At Wesleyan, he was instrumental in founding the award-winning poetry series of the University Press. He received two Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry and, as of 2011, teaches at Amherst College. Wilbur published his first poem at the age of 8, and produced his first book of poetry in 1947 ("The Beautiful Changes and Other Poems"). Since then he has published several volumes of poetry. Wilbur is also a translator, specializing in the 17th century French comedies of Molière and the dramas of Jean Racine. His translation of Tartuffe has become the standard English version of the play. In addition to publishing poetry and translations, he has also published several children's books including "Opposites", "More Opposites", and "The Disappearing Alphabet". Less well-known is Wilbur's work as a writer of musical lyrics. He provided lyrics to several songs in Leonard Bernstein's 1956 musical, "Candide", including the famous "Glitter and Be Gay" and "Make Our Garden Grow." He has also produced several unpublished works including as "The Wing" and "To Beatrice". In addition to the two Pulitzers, Wilbur has won a Drama Desk Special Award (1983); the PEN Translation Prize for his translation of The Misanthrope; the National Book Award for "Things of This World" (1956); and numerous others. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1959. In 1987 Wilbur became the second poet, after Robert Penn Warren, to be named U.S. Poet Laureate after the position's title was changed from Poetry Consultant.

  • Abstract

    This small collection contains "Two Riddles from Aldhelm," 1975, broadside edition, numbered 41 of 100, signed; "Teresa", 1976, press proof, signed; a photograph of Wilbur at the Grolier Club, 1970, photograph by Elsa Dorfman for her book, "Elsa's Housebook". The collection also includes a photocopy of a postcards sent by WIlbur to Jack W.C. Hagstrom regarding his poem, "Teresa".

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Richard Wilbur poems and photograph, Collection no. 6027, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Instances

  • Type
    Mixed Materials
    Container 1 Type
    Map-case
    Container 1 Indicator
    6
    Container 2 Type
    drawer
    Container 2 Indicator
    2

Components