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poet and university professor

Richard Purdy Wilbur, American Writer, educator. Fellow Modern Language Association (honorary); member American Academy of Arts and Letters (president 1974-1976, chancellor 1976-1978, 80-81), American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association (Translate award 1983), American Academy Arts and Sciences, Academy American Poets (chancellor emeritus), Dramatists Guild, Century Club.

Background

WILBUR, Richard Purdy was born on March 1, 1921 in New York City. Son of Lawrence L. Wilbur and Helen Purdy Wilbur.

Education

AB, Amherst College, 1942. AM, Amherst College, 1952. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Amherst College, 1967.

AM, Harvard University, 1947. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Lawrence College, Washington University. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Williams College.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Rochester. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), State University of New York, Potsdam, 1986. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Skidmore College, 1987.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Lowell, 1990. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Massachusetts College Liberal Arts, 2002. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Clark University.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), American International College. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Marquette University. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Wesleyan University.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Carnegie-Mellon University. Doctor of Literature (honorary), Lake Forest College, 1982. Doctor of Literature (honorary), Smith College, 1996.

Doctor of Literature (honorary), Sewanee University, 1996. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), St. Mary's Seminary and University, 2001.

Career

Assistant Professor, of English, Harvard University 1950-1954. Association Professor Wellesley College 1954-1957. Professor Wesleyan University 1957-1977.

Writer in Residence, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts 1977-1986. President American Academy, of Arts and Letters 1974-1976, Chancellor 1977-1978. Fellow, Modem Language Association 1986.

Harriet Monroe.

Works

Membership

Fellow Modern Language Association (honorary). Member American Academy of Arts and Letters (president 1974-1976, chancellor 1976-1978, 80-81), American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association (Translate award 1983), American Academy Arts and Sciences, Academy American Poets (chancellor emeritus), Dramatists Guild, Century Club.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Tennis, walking, herb gardening.

Connections

Married Mary Charlotte Hayes Ward, June 20, 1942. Children: Ellen Dickinson, Christopher Hayes, Nathan Lord, Aaron Hammond.

father:
Lawrence L. Wilbur

mother:
Helen (Purdy) Wilbur

spouse:
Mary Charlotte Hayes Ward

children:
Nathan Lord Wilbur

Aaron Hammond Wilbur

Christopher Hayes Wilbur

Ellen Dickinson Wilbur