Robert Fitzgerald

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General Information

Name: Robert Fitzgerald

Pen Name: None

Genres: Poetry, Other;

Born: 1910 in Springfield, Illinois

Deceased: 1985 in Hamden, Connecticut

Illinois Connection

Fitzgerald was born and raised in Springfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

Robert Fitzgerald attended Harvard in 1933. Upon graduation, he became a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune and TIME magazine. In WWII he servced with the U.S. Navy at Guam and Pearl Harbor. After the War he became an instructor at Sarah Lawrence University and subsquently Princeton University. He was poetry editor for the "New Republic" and succeeded Archibald MacLeish as Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory Emeritus at Harvard. He was a member of the American Academy of Art and Science and Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Mr. Fitzgerald is well know for his translations of the ancient classics. Flannery O'Connor was an associate and edited some of her works.

Published Works

The Third Kind of Knowledge: Memoirs and Selected Writings, New Directions, 1993

Enlarging the Change: The Princeton Seminars in Literary Criticism, 1949-1951, Northeastern, 1988

Spring Shade Poems: 1931 --1970, New Directions, 1971

Titles at Your Library

Literary Awards

Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, 1984–1985

External Links

Robert Fitzgerald on WorldCat


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