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William Morris Meredith

William Morris Meredith, poet, English language educator. Served with United States Army Air Force, 1941-1942; to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946, PTO; to lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, Korea. Member National Institute Arts and Letters.

Background

  • Meredith, William Morris was born on January 9, 1919 in New York City. Son of William Morris and Nelley Atkin (Keyser) Meredith.

  • Education

    • AB magna cum laude, Princeton University, 1940; Woodrow Wilson fellow, Princeton University, 1947.

    Career

    • Copy boy, reporter New York Times, 1940-1941. Instructor English Princeton University, 1946, 47-48, 49-50. Assistant professor English University Hawaii, 1950-1951.

      Associate professor Connecticut College, 1955-1965, professor English, 1965-1983. Opera critic Hudson Review, 1955-1956. Instructor Bread Loaf School English, Middlebury College, 1958-1962.

      Director humanities Upward Bound program, Connecticut College, 1964-1968. Poetry consultant Library of Congress, 1978-1980. Chancellor Academy American Poets.

      Member Connecticut Commission Arts, 1963-1965.

    Major achievements

    • National Institute Arts and Letters.

    Works

    • The Open Sea and Other Poems
    • The Open Sea shows William Meredith very clearly to be not only one of the best poets we have, but also one of the most attractive; some of the poems in this book are witty, lyrical, and completely engaging, and it is hard to conceive of anyone with the smallest interest in poetry not being won by some of them .

    Membership

    Served with United States Army Air Force, 1941-1942, to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946, PTO, to lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, Korea. Member National Institute Arts and Letters.

    Connections

    • father: William Morris Meredith
    • mother: Nelley Atkin (Keyser) Meredith
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    Born January 9, 1919
    Died March 30, 2007
    (aged 88)
    • 1940
      Princeton University
    • 1947
      Princeton University
    • 1940 - 1941
      Copy boy
    • 1946
      instructor, English Princeton University
    • 1950 - 1951
      assistant, professor English University Hawaii
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