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John Lawrence Robert Ashbery

John Lawrence Ashbery, American language educator, poet, playwright, art critic. Fellow: Academy American Poets (chancellor 1988-1999, Wallace Stevens award 2001); member: American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Academy Arts and Letters (Gold medal 1997).


  • Ashe, Arthur Robert was born on July 10, 1943 in Richmond, Virginia, United States. Son of Arthur Robert Senior and Mattie C. (Cunningham) Ashe.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of California at Los Angeles, 1966. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Princeton University. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Dartmouth University.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Le Moyne University. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Virginia Union University. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Bryant College.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Trinity University, Hartford, Connecticut.


    • Copywriter Oxford University Press, New York City, 1951—1954, McGraw Hill Book Company, New York City, 1954—1955. Art critic European edition New York Herald Tribune, Paris, 1960—1965. Paris correspondent Art News, 1964—1965, executive editor New York City, 1965—1972.

      Professor English Brooklyn College, 1974—1990, Distinguished professor, 1980—1990, Distinguished emeritus professor, 1990. Charles P. Stevenson Junior professor languages and literature Bard College, since 1990. Editor quarterly review Art and Literature, Paris, 1964—1967.

      Art critic Art International, Lugano, Switzerland, 1961—1962. Editor Locus Solus, Lans-en-Vercors, France, 1960-1962. Poetry editor Partisan Review, 1976—1980.

      Art critic New York Magazine, 1978—1980, Newsweek, 1980—1985. Charles Eliot Norton professor poetry Harvard University, 1989—1990. Conducted special research on life and work of Raymond Roussel.

    Major achievements

    • In 1985 he was named to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.


    • Days of Grace
    • A Hard Road to Glory


    Campaign chairman American Heart Association, Dallas, 1981-1982. Served to 1st lieutenant United States Army, 1967-1969. Member United States Tennis Association, Kappa Alpha Psi, Sigma Pi Phi.
    • Fellow: Academy American Poets (chancellor 1988?Co99, Wallace Stevens award 2001); American Academy Arts and Scis.

    • American Academy Arts and Letters (Gold medal 1997)



    Golf, music, collecting 1st editions of black authors.


    • Married Jeanne-Marie Moutoussamy, February 20, 1977. 1 child, Camera Elizabeth.
    • father: Arthur Robert Senior Ashe
    • mother: Mattie C. (Cunningham) Ashe
    • spouse: Jeanne-Marie Moutoussamy
    • child: Camera Elizabeth Ashe
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    Died February 6, 1993
    (aged 65)



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