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Dudley Fitts

Dudley Fitts, American educator, author. Awarded grant American Academy Arts and Letters, 1948; fellow Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University, 1964-1968.

Background

  • Fitts, Dudley was born on April 28, 1903 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Dudley Thomas and Edith Kimball (Eaton) Fitts.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Harvard College, 1925. Doctor of Laws, Columbia, 1968.

    Career

    • Master in English, Choate School, Wallingford, Connecticut, 1926-1941, organist and associate choirmaster, 1934-1941. Instructor English, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, 1941-1968. Member advising committee to department English, Princeton University, 1951-1958.

      Phi Beta Kappa poet, Harvard, 1961. Member of staff Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, 1961. Member poetry jury National Book Award, 1954, 60.

      Appointed to Emilie Belden Cochran Foundation, 1948.

    Works

    • Author books including: (with Robert Fitzgerald) Sophocles’ King Oedipus, 1949. Editor various publications. Translation poems
    • Greek Plays in English Translation (edit.), 1947.

      Office Hymns and Sequences of the Church (with C. F. Pfatteicher), 1950. Editor: Six Greek Plays, 1955. Yale Series of Younger Poets, 1960-1968.

      An Anthology of Latin American Poetry, 1942. Translator: Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, 1954. Frogs, 1955
    • Birds, 1956.

      Poems from the Greek Anthology, 1956. Thesmophoriazusae, 1958. Ladies’ Day, 1959
    • Sixty Poems of Martial, 1967.

      Poet and critic.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Denomination: Episcopalian

    Membership

    Member advising committee to department English, Princeton University, 1951-1958. Member of staff Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, 1961. Member poetry jury National Book Award, 1954, 60.

    Member visiting board English department Harvard College, 1966-1968. Fellow American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Member Academy of America Poets (chancellor since 1967), National Institute of Arts and Letters, Modern Language Association, Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana (Ecuador), Associacio Protectora de L’Ensenyanca Valenciana (Valencia, Spain).

    Clubs: Harvard (Boston).

    Connections

    • Married Cornelia Butler Hewitt, September 2, 1939. Children: Daniel Hewitt, Deborah Whittier.
    • father: Dudley Thomas Fitts
    • mother: Edith Kimball (Eaton) Fitts
    • spouse: Cornelia Butler Hewitt
    • children: Daniel Hewitt Fitts
    • Deborah Whittier Fitts
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    Born April 28, 1903
    Died July 10, 1968
    (aged 65)
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