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William Jay Smith, American author. Member Vermont House of Representatives, 1960-1962. Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1941-1945. Member American Academy Arts and Letters (vice president for literature 1986-1989), American Association Rhodes Scholars, Academy American Poets, Authors Guild, P.E.N.

Background

Smith, William Jay was born on April 22, 1918 in Winnfield, Louisiana, United States. Son of Jay and Georgia (Campster) Smith.

Education

Student, Institut de Touraine, Tours, France, 1938;Bachelor of Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, 1939;Master of Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, 1941;postgraduate, Columbia University, 1946-1947;postgraduate Rhodes scholar, University of Oxford, 1947-1948;postgraduate, U. Florence, Italy, 1948-1950;Doctor of Letters, New England College, 1973.

Career

Assistant in French, Washington University, 1939-1941;instructor English and French, Columbia University, 1946-1947;lecturer English, Williams College, 1951;poet in residence, lecturer English, Williams College, 1959-1964, 66-67;Ford Foundation fellow, Arena Stage, Washington, 1964-1965;writer in residence, Hollins College, 1965-1966;Professor of English, Hollins College, 1967, 70-80;professor emeritus, Hollins College, 1980. Poet laureate Library. of Congress, Washington, 1968-1970, honorary consultant in American letters, 1970-1976. Visiting professor, acting chairman, writing division School Arts, Columbia University, 1973, 74-75.

Member of staff Salzburg (Austria) Seminar, 1975. Member jury National Book award, 1962, 70, 75, Neustadt International prize for literature, 1978, Committee of Pegasus Prize for Literature, 1979-1998. Poet in residence Cathedral St. John the Divine, New York, 1985-1988.

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Membership

Member Vermont House of Representatives, 1960-1962. Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1941-1945. Member American Academy Arts and Letters (vice president for literature 1986-1989), American Association Rhodes Scholars, Academy American Poets, Authors Guild, P.E.N. Clubs: Century.

Connections

Married Barbara Howes, October 1, 1947 (divorced June 1965). Children: David Emerson, Gregory Jay. Married Sonja Haussmann, September 3, 1966.

father:
Jay Smith

mother:
Georgia (Campster) Smith

spouses:
Barbara Howes

Sonja Haussmann

children:
David Emerson Smith

Gregory Jay Smith