Karl Jay Shapiro
Pen Name: Karl Shapiro
Born: 1913 in Baltimore, Maryland
Died: May 14, 2000
English Professor, UIC, 1966-68, and was Editor for Poetry, Chicago, Illinois, 1956-66.
Biographical and Professional Information
Shapiro was a poet, editor of poetry, scholar and teacher. He was appointed the fifth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1946.
Shapiro's last work, Coda: Last Poems, was published in a collected volume post-mortem by editor Robert Phillips in 2008. The poems, divided into three sections according to love poems to his last wife, poems concerning roses, and other various poems, were discovered in the drawers of Shapiro's desk by his wife two years after his death.
- V-Letter and Other Poems, Reynal, 1944
- Essay on Rime, Secker & Warburg, 1945,
- Trial of a Poet and Other Poems, Reynal, 1947,
- Poems of a Jew, Random House, 1958,
- The Bourgeois Poet, Random House, 1964,
- Selected Poems, Random House , 1968,
- Adult Book Store, Random House, 1976,
- Love and War, Art and God, Stuart Wright, 1984,
- Adam and Eve, Press Alley, 1986,
- New and Selected Poems, 1940-1986, University of Chicago Press, 1987,
- The Wild Card, Selected Poems, Early and Late, University of Illinois Press, 1998,
- Coda: The Last Poem, Texas Review, 2008
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Essay on Rime 2ND Edition
Release Date: 1945
Trial of a Poet and Other Poems
Release Date: 1947
Poems of a Jew
Release Date: 1958-06
The Bourgeois Poet
Release Date: 1964
Release Date: 1968
Adult Book Store: Poems.
Release Date: 1976
Love & War Art & God
Release Date: 1984
Adam & Eve (The Bucknell University fine editions)
Release Date: 1986
New & Selected Poems, 1940-1986
Release Date: 1987-09
The Wild Card: Selected Poems, Early and Late
Release Date: 1998-06-01
Coda: Last Poems
Release Date: 2008-06-12
Awarded the contemporary Poetry Prize in 1943 for V-Letter and Other Poems.
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