University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
In 1947, Edgar received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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In 1949, Bowers attained a Master of Arts degree from Stanford University. Later, in 1953, he got a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English literature from the same educational establishment.
(In poems about his friends, his family's place in Georgia...)
In poems about his friends, his family's place in Georgia, trips to New Mexico, persons in the Old Testament and Louis Pasteur, Edgar Bowers writes to place and examine his subjects and his experiences in history and in cultures.
During World War II, Edgar served in Counterintelligence, ending his military service in Berchtesgaden, Hitler's eyrie in the Bavarian Alps. The experiences of these years had a deep and permanent effect on his poetry. Upon his discharge in April 1946, he went on to continue his studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the educational establishment, which he attended before the war. Bowers graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947. Then, he got a Master of Arts degree in 1949 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English literature in 1953, both from Stanford University.
In 1952, Edgar joined the English faculty at Duke University as an instructor. In 1955, he left Duke for Harpur College (present-day Binghamton University) and stayed there until 1958, when he moved to the University of California at Santa Barbara. Bowers spent the rest of his career, to be more precise, until 1991, at Santa Barbara, where he worked both as an assistant professor and professor, and specialized in Renaissance and modern poetry.
Bower's collections of poetry include "The Form of Loss", "The Astronomers", "Living Together: New and Selected Poems", "Witnesses" and "For Louis Pasteur". His book, "Collected Poems", was published in 1997 and his last book was "Forms of Discovery".
In his last two decades, Edgar traveled a good deal, often with his much-loved nonagenarian mother. When she died in the early 1990's, he moved north to San Fransisco, where he benefited from the love and support of an openly gay community.
Bowers' style owes much to the artistic ethos of Yvor Winters, under whom Bowers studied at Stanford University. He often wrote in rhyme, but also produced some of the finest blank verse in English. Edgar wrote very little, due to the careful consideration behind every single line.
Edgar was a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife, Greenpeace and Amnesty International.
Edgar had a partner, named James Davis.