Richard Wilbur to Give Turnbull Powetry Lecture on March
Renowned American poet Richard Wilbur will give the
Percy Graeme Turnbull Memorial Poetry
Lecture at 6:30 p.m. today, March 30, in Mudd Hall
Auditorium on the Homewood campus.
This will be Wilbur's second time as a Turnbull
lecturer at Johns Hopkins. He gave his first
Turnbull lecture in 1961.
Wilbur is considered one of the most distinguished
poets America has ever produced. A former
poet laureate of the United States, he was twice winner of
the Pulitzer Prize in poetry (for Things of
This World and New and Collected Poems) and is
the author of many other books, from The Beautiful
Changes and Other Poems of 1947 to his
just-completed translation of Corneille's Le Cid. He
is noted for his translations of poets from Villon to
Brodsky, and his versions of Moliere's plays, performed
around the world, are roundly regarded as definitive.
Wilbur is also the author of children's books,
including The Pig in the Spigot, The Disappearing
Alphabet and Opposites, More Opposites, and a Few
He was born in 1921 in New York City and is a graduate
of Amherst College. A longtime
professor at Smith, Wesleyan and other institutions, he
returned to Amherst in the 2008-2009
academic year to co-teach courses in its English
Department. His scholarship is evident in his books of
essays and in his editions of Shakespeare and Poe. Winner
of nearly every prize available to an
American poet, he is also honored in France as a chevalier
of the Ordre de Palmes Academiques. He
lives in Massachusetts.
The Turnbull Poetry Lecture, given through the
generosity of a gift made in 1889 in memory of
Percy Graeme Turnbull (1878-87), has brought to Homewood
some of the most distinguished voices in
American poetry and criticism, including Robert Frost, T.S.
Eliot, Marianne Moore, W.H. Auden,
Charles Eliot Norton, R.P. Blackmur, Northrop Frye, W.S.
Merwin and Harold Bloom. The event is
sponsored by the
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