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John Ciardi

John Ciardi, American poet. Recipient Avery Hopwood award in Poetry, 1939, Blumenthal prize Poetry magazine, 1944, Eunice Tietjens award, 1945, Levinson prize, 1947, Harriet Monroe Memorial award, 1955, Prix de Rome; American Academy Arts and Letters, 1956.


  • Ciardi, John was born on June 24, 1916 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Carmin and Concetta (di Benedictis) Ciardi.

  • Education

    • Student, Bates College, 1936. AB magna cum laude, Tufts University, 1938. Doctor of Literature, Tufts University, 1960.

      Master of Arts, University Michigan, 1939. HD, Wayne University, 1963. Doctor of Laws, Ursinus College, 1964.

      Doctor of Humane Letters, Kalamazoo College, 1964. Doctor of Humane Letters, Bates College, 1970. Doctor of Humane Letters, Washington University, 1971.

      Doctor of Humane Letters, Ohio Wesleyan College, 1971. Doctor of Humane Letters, Kean University, 1975. Doctor of Humane Letters, University Missouri, Kansas City, 1983.


    • Instructor English University Kansas City, 1940-1942, 46. Instructor Harvard, 1946-1948, Briggs Copeland assistant professor, 1948-1953. Lecturer American poetry Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, 1951.

      Staff lecturer poetry Bread Loaf Writers Conference, 1947-1973, director, 1955-1972. Lecturer English Rutgers University, 1953-1954, associate professor English, 1954-1956, professor English, 1956-1961.


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    Served with United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences, National Institute Arts and Letters. Member National College English Association (director 1955-1957, president 1958-1959), Northeast College English Association (past director), Phi Beta Kappa.


    • Married Myra Judith Hostetter, July 28, 1946. Children: Myra Judith, John Lyle, Benn.
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    Died March 31, 1986
    (aged 69)
    • 1936
      Bates College
    • 1938
      Tufts University
    • 1960
      Tufts University
    • 1939
      University Michigan
    • 1963
      Wayne University
    • 1964
      Ursinus College
    • 1964
      Kalamazoo College
    • 1970
      Bates College
    • 1971
      Washington University
    • 1971
      Ohio Wesleyan College
    • 1975
      Kean University
    • 1983
      University Missouri
    • 1940 - 1942
      Instructor, English University Kansas City
    • 1951
      lecturer, American poetry Salzburg Seminar in American Studies
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