Stanley Kunitz

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Educator, Poet(1905–2006)
Stanley Kunitz was an American poet who served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (1974; 2000). He won the Pulitzer Prize for his work Selected Poems 1928-1958 (1958).

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Stanley Kunitz was an award-winning American poet. After studying at Harvard University he worked as an editor, writing poetry for his first book Intellectual Things (1930). After serving in World War II, he began work as a professor and completed his collection Passports to the War (1944). He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1959 for his work Selected Poems 1928-1958 (1958). His later collection Passing Through (1995) won a National Book Award. He served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1974-1976, and again from 2000-2001.

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Poet, born in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. He studied at Harvard, and became a literary scholar, teaching poetry at the New School for Social Research, New York City (1950–7), and at Columbia University (from 1963). His first collection of verse was Intellectual Things (1930). Success came with Selected Poems 1928–1958, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1959. In the year 2000 he became the 10th Poet Laureate of the United States. Later books include The Testing-Tree (1971), Next to Last Things (1985). and Passing Through (1995).

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