Richard Joseph Howard (born Richard Joseph Orwitz; October 13, 1929 – March 31, 2022) was an American poet, literary critic, essayist, teacher, and translator. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He was awarded the PEN Translation Prize in 1976 for his translation of E. M. Cioran's A Short History of Decay and the National Book Award for his 1983 translation of Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal.
- "Mark Van Doren", Columbia 250 – Colombian Ahead of Their Times Columbia University.
"National Book Awards – 1983". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
There was a "Translation" award from 1966 to 1983.
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