John Fredrick Nims

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General Information

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Name: John Fredrick Nims

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: November 20, 1913 in Muskegon, Michigan

Died: January 13, 1999 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Nims lived in Chicago from 1961 - 1973. In 1976, he returned to Chicago and in 1982, he started spending his winters in Gainesville, Florida. He continued living in Chicago until his death in 1999.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Frederick Nims was born in Muskegon, Michigan. He was educated at DePaul University, the University of Notre Dame - where he met his wife, Bonnie Larkin Nims. He received his Ph.D in 1945 from the University of Chicago. By that time, he had already distinguished himself as a poet and critic.

Nims was a Goodwill Ambassador in Europe for the United States and he and his wife resided in Chicago upon their return to the States in 1961. In 1973, John and Bonnie moved to Gainesville, Florida so that John could be a visiting professor at the University of Florida. They returned to Chicago in 1976 and Nims was an editor of Poetry magazine from 1978 to 1984. While spending winters in Gainesville, Florida after 1982, John continued to live in Chicago until his death in 1999.

Published Works

  • The Iron Pastoral, Sloane, 1947
  • A Fountain in Kentucky, Sloane, 1950
  • Of Flesh and Bones, Rutgers University Press, 1967
  • Western Wind An Introduction to Poetry, Random House, 1983
  • A Local Habitation Essays on Poetry, University of Michigan Press, 1985
  • The Six-Cornered Snowflake, New Directions, 1990
  • Zany in Denim, University of Arkansas Press, 1990
  • The Power of Heaven and Earth New and Selected Poems, Louisiana State University Press, 2002

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

A fountain in Kentucky,: And other poems

Release Date: 1950

Of flesh and bones

Release Date: 1967

The six-cornered snowflake

Release Date: 1991

Zany in Denim

ISBN: 1557281548
Release Date: 1991-01

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Jefferson Davis in Blue: The Life of Sherman's Relentless Warrior

ISBN: 0807128260
Release Date: 2002-08-01

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