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From feathers to iron : a lecture delivered at the Library of Congress, May 12, 1975, by Stanley Kunitz, consultant in poetry in English at the Library, 1974-76
Kunitz, Stanley, 1905-2006 editor.
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Washington : Library of Congress : for sale by Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1976.
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16 pages ; 24 cm
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Author Notes

Stanley Kunitz was born in July 1905 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He graduated summa cum laude in 1926 from Harvard Collegeand earned a master's degree in English from Harvard the following year. After Harvard, he went to work as a reporter for the Worcester Telegram and as an editor for the H.W. Wilson Company where he was co-editor for Twentieth Century Authors and other reference books. After W.W. II he began a teaching career at several known colleges such as: Bennington College, New York State Teachers College in Potsdam, New York and New School of Social Research, Universty of Washington. His poems started to appear in Poetry, Commonweal, and The New Republic. Some of his most popular collections of poems are - Intellectual Things, Passport to the War, and Passing Through: The Later Poems. His most recent honors include the Harvard Centennial Medal (1992), the National Medal of Arts (1993), and an "In Celebration of Writers" award from Poets & Writers (1999). He continued to write and publish as later as 2005. He died in May 2006.

(Bowker Author Biography) Stanley Kunitz was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1905. He was a graduate of Harvard University, where he was awarded the Garrison Medal for Poetry, and received a BA in 1926 and an MA in 1927. He then moved to New York, taking a job with the H. W. Wilson company as an editor of the Wilson Library Bulletin; he also began at this time the work of collaboration with Howard Haycraft on four biographical dictionaries of English and American authors.

His first book of poems, Intellectual Things in 1930 was barely recognized, and Kunitz did not publish his second book, Passport to War, for another fourteen years. World War II interrupted his career as editor, and when he was released from the army he joined the faculty of Bennington College, the first of several academic jobs. He has taught at Columbia, Rutgers, Princeton and other colleges and universities and translated the work of recent Russian poets. Kunitz became the 10th poet laureate of the United States in the fall of 2000, at the age of 95.

Kunitz published his first book of poetry in 1930 and has since produced nine more. He won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1959 as well as the Bollingen Prize, a Ford Foundation grant, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, Harvard's Centennial Medal, the Levinson Prize, the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award, a senior fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Medal of the Arts, the National Book Award, and the Shelley Memorial Award. He served for two years as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, was designated State Poet of New York, and is a Chancellor Emeritus of The Academy of American Poets.

A founder of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Poets House in New York City, he taught for many years in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. He died in Manhattan on May 14, 2006 at the age of 100.

(Bowker Author Biography)