Archibald Macleish

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General Information

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Name: Archibald MacLeish

Pen Name: None

Born: May 7, 1892 in Glenco. Illinois

Died: April 20, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts


Illinois Connection

MacLeish was born and raised in Glencoe. He grew up on an estate bordering Lake Michigan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Archibald MacLeish is best known for his works of poetry, although he also wrote drama and criticism. He received a law degree fromm Harvard University, where he graduated first in his class. After practicing law from 1920 to 1923, he dicided to devote himself to literature. He was Librarian of Congress from 1939 to 1944 and Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard from 1949 to 1962.

Published Works

  • Tower of Ivory, 1917
  • Streets in the Moon, 1926
  • Conquistador, 1932
  • J.B. A Play in Verse, 1958 - reprinted by Houghton Mifflin in 1976
  • Poetry Experience, Houghton Mifflin, 1961
  • Martha Hillard MacLeish, Privately Printed, 1949
  • Freedom is the Right to Choose, Beacon, 1951
  • Poetry and Journalism, University of Minnesota Press, 1958
  • Poetry and Experience, Riverside Editions, 1960
  • The Eleanor Rooselvelt Story, 1965
  • A Continuing Journey, Houghton, 1968
  • Riders on the Earth Essays and Recollections, Houghton, 1978
  • Letters of Archibald MacLeish 1907 to 1982, Houghton, 1983
  • Collected Poems 1917-1982, 1985
  • Archibald MacLeish Reflections, University of Massachusetts Press, 1986

Titles at Your Library

J.B.: A Play in Verse

ISBN: 0395083532
Release Date: 1989-08-01

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Collected Poems 1917 to 1982

ISBN: 0395395690
Release Date: 1985-12-09

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Archibald MacLeish: Reflections

ISBN: 0870235117
Release Date: 1986-06-30

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Literary Awards


  • Pulitzer Prize for poetry, 1933

Collected Poems 1917–1952

  • Pulitzer Prize for poetry, 1953
  • National Book Award, 1953

Other Awards:

  • Bollingen Prize in Poetry, 1953


  • Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 1959
  • Tony Award for Best Play, 1959

The Eleanor Roosevelt Story

  • Academy Award for Documentary Feature, 1965
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1977

External Links

Archibald Macleish on WorldCat


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