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More opposites
Wilbur, Richard, 1921-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1991]

Physical Description:
34 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
A collection of humorous poems centering around words and their opposites.
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PS3545.I32165 M67 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Author Notes

Richard Purdy Wilbur was born in New York City on March 1, 1921. He received a bachelor's degree from Amherst College in 1942. During Word War II, he was a combat soldier in Europe. He received a master's degree from Harvard University in 1947. He taught at Harvard University, Wesleyan University, Smith College, and Amherst College.

His first collection, The Beautiful Changes, was published in 1947. His other collections of poetry included The Mind-Reader and Anterooms. In 1957, he received the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for Things of This World. He received a second Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for New and Collected Poems. He became the second poet laureate of the United States in 1987-88 and received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2006. He also wrote and illustrated several children's books and wrote lyrics for opera and musical theater productions including Leonard Bernstein's Candide. He was a translator of poems and other works from the French, Spanish, and Russian, including the plays of Molière and Jean Racine. He was the co-recipient of the Bollingen Translation Prize in 1963. He died on October 14, 2017 at the age of 96.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

These 34 whimsical ditties, like those in Wilbur's Opposites, are built around synonyms and antonyms, mostly the latter (``The opposite of stop is go / But sometimes one does both, you know''). Each poem is accompanied by a jaunty, mischievous line drawing by Wilbur. One verse explains how to address a letter to a duck or a drake; another reveals why Missouri, home of skeptical, doubting folk, is the opposite of California, the starry-eyed residents of which ``think, I'm told, that every river's full of gold.'' The ambivalent opposite of baby, as one illustration shows, is a balding grown-up with thumb in mouth--making the point that adults are not so different from children after all. Many of the verses try one's patience with their arch, self-conscious humor; others have the gimlet wit and subtle wordplay of Wilbur's finest translations (``The best thing's to avoid excess. Try to be moderate, more or less''). (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-- A sequel to Opposites (HBJ, 1973), featuring 34 more poems that explore words that, with the right outlook, might be considered opposites. There is inspired nonsense (``Ships would think it sappy/ To send us word that they are happy./ If you hear nothing from a liner,/ It means that things could not be finer.''), clever wordplay, and unforced humor in the tradition of Edward Lear. Each entry is accompanied by black-and-white pen drawings that extend the comedy. A book that's more than worth its weight in thoughtful amusement. --Kathleen Whalin, Belfast Public Library, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.