Yvor Winters

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General Information

Name: Yvor Winters

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction, Poetry

Born: 1900 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: 1968

Illinois Connection

Yvor Winters was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Eagle Rock, California.

Biographical and Professional Information

Winters attended the University of Chicago where he was a member of a literary circle including Glenway Wescott, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, and his future wife Janet Lewis. He suffered from tuberculosis in his late teens, and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. There he recuperated, wrote his early published verse, and taught. In 1925 he became an undergraduate at the University of Colorado.

In 1926, he married the poet and novelist Janet Lewis, also from Chicago and a tuberculosis sufferer. After graduating he taught at the University of Idaho, and then started a doctorate at Stanford University. He remained at Stanford until two years before his death.

Published Works

  • The Anatomy of Nonsense , New Directions, 1943
  • Primitivism and Decadence: A Study of American Experimental Poetry, Arrow Editions, 1937
  • Giant Weapon the Poets of the Year, New Directions, 1943
  • The Early Poems of Yvor Winters 1920-28, Swallow Press, 1966

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The Anatomy of Nonsense

Release Date: 1943

Giant Weapon the Poets of the Year

ISBN: 1121260780
Release Date: 1943

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Literary Awards

External Links

Yvor Winters on WorldCat

Yvor Winters on Amazon


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