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General Information

Name:  Yvor Winters  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction Poetry

Born: 1900 in Chicago, Illinois


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.

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