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Robert Fitzgerald

Born: 1910 in Springfield, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Fitzgerald was born and raised in Springfield.

Biography: 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.

  • Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, 19841985

Primary Literary Genre(s): Other ; Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Robert Fitzgerald on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Enlarging the change :
ISBN: 0930350626 OCLC: 10725699

Northeastern University Press, Boston : ©1985.

  Enlarging the change :
ISBN: 1555530346 OCLC: 233789564

Northeastern Univ Press, Boston : 1988.

Spring shade :
ISBN: 0811200523 OCLC: 314832052

Chadwyck-Healey, Inc., Alexandria, VA : 1998.

The third kind of knowledge :
ISBN: 0811210561 OCLC: 17439705

New Directions, New York : 1993.

The memoirs and essays collected in The Third Kind of Knowledge encompass the many lives of a remarkable man. Poet, translator, critic, journalist, memoirist, scholar - the late Robert Fitzgerald (1910-1985) had an unusual range of gifts and lived a strikingly varied life in the literary and academic world. While growing up, his scholarly promise earned the attention of his mentor in classical studies, Dudley Fitts, and his poetic gifts the admiration first of Vachel Lindsay and later of T.S. Eliot (who took some of his college poems for publication in the Criterion). A reporter for the New York Herald Tribune in the thirties, Fitzgerald also spent time before and after the Second World War as a part of Henry Luce's literary stable at Time, where he forged his close friendship with James Agee and edited the Books Department for the magazine.