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Stanley Jasspon Kunitz

Stanley Jasspon Kunitz, American poet, editor, educator. With Army of the United States, 1943-1945. Member Academy American Poets (fellowship award 1968, chancellor 1970-1995); member American Academy of Arts and Letters (secretary 1985-1988), Poets House New York (founding president 1985-1990), Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (founding member, board directors 1968-2006, medal for distinguished service in arts 1997), Phi Beta Kappa.

Background

  • Kunitz, Stanley Jasspon was born on July 29, 1905 in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Solomon Z. and Yetta Helen (Jasspon) Kunitz.

  • Education

    • AB summa cum laude, Harvard University, 1926. Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1927. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Clark University, 1961.

      Doctor of Letters (honorary), Anna Maria College, 1977. Doctor of Letters (honorary), St. Mary's College, Maryland, 1994. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Worcester State College, 1980.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), State University of New York, Brockport, 1987.

    Career

    • Editor Wilson Library Bulletin, 1928-1943. Literature faculty Bennington College, 1946-1949. Professor English Potsdam (New York ) State Teachers College, 1949-1950.

      Director seminar Potsdam Summer Workshop in Creative Arts, 1949-1953. Lecturer The New School, 1950-1957. Visiting professor poetry University Washington, 1955-1956.

      Visiting professor English Queens College, 1956-1957, Brandeis University, 1958-1959. Director poetry workshop Poetry Center Young Men’s Hebrew Association, New York, 1958-1962. Danforth visiting lecturer various American colleges, 1961-1963.

      Lecturer Columbia University, 1963-1966, adjunct professor writing Graduate School Arts, 1967-1985. Editor Yale Series Younger Poets, 1969-1977. Visiting professor poetry Yale University, 1970, Rutgers University at Camden, 1974.

      Visiting professor, senior fellow in humanities Princeton University, 1978, Vassar College, 1981. Consultant poetry Library. of Congress, 1974-1976. Founder Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts, Poets House, New York City.

    Works

    • Abelard and Heloise: The Letters and Other Writings (Hackett Classics)
    • The most comprehensive compilation of the works of Abelard and Heloise ever presented in a single volume in English, The Letters and Other Writings features an accurate and stylistically faithful new translation of both The Calamities of Peter Abelard and the remarkable letters it sparked between the ill-fated twelfth-century philosopher and his brilliant former student and lover—an exchange whose intellectual passion, formal virtuosity, and psychological drama distinguish it as one of the most extraordinary correspondences in European history.

    Membership

    With Army of the United States, 1943-1945. Member Academy American Poets (fellowship award 1968, chancellor 1970-1995). Member American Academy of Arts and Letters (secretary 1985-1988), Poets House New York (founding president 1985-1990), Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (founding member, board directors 1968-2006, medal for distinguished service in arts 1997), Phi Beta Kappa.

    Connections

    • Married Helen Pearce, 1930 (div. 1937); married Eleanor Evans, November 21, 1939 (div. 1958); 1 daughter, Gretchen.

      Married Elise Asher (deceased), June 21, 1958.
    • father: Solomon Z. Kunitz
    • mother: Yetta Helen (Jasspon) Kunitz
    • spouses: Helen Pearce
    • Eleanor Evans
    • Elise Asher
    Stanley Jasspon Kunitz
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    Born July 29, 1905
    Died March 14, 2006
    (aged 100)
    Nationality
    • 1926
      Harvard University
    • 1927
      Harvard University
    • 1961
      Clark University
    • 1977
      Anna Maria College
    • 1994
      St. Mary's College
    • 1980
      Worcester State College
    • 1987
      State University of New York
    • 1928 - 1943
      Editor Wilson Library Bulletin
    • 1946 - 1949
      literature faculty Bennington College
    • 1949 - 1950
      professor, English Potsdam (New York ) State Teachers College
    • 1949 - 1953
      director, seminar Potsdam Summer Workshop in Creative Arts
    • 1950 - 1957
      lecturer, The New School
    • 1955 - 1956
      visiting professor, poetry University Washington
    • 1956 - 1957
      visiting professor, English Queens College
    • 1958 - 1962
      director, poetry workshop Poetry Center Young Men's Hebrew Association
      New York, United States
    • 1958 - 1959
      visiting professor, English Queens College
    • 1961 - 1963
      Danforth visiting lecturer, various American colleges
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