Richard Wilbur

American poet (1921-2017)

Richard Purdy Wilbur (March 1, 1921 – October 14, 2017) was an American poet and literary translator. He became the second Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1987. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry two times; in 1957 and again in 1989.[1]

Richard Wilbur
BornRichard Purdy Wilbur
(1921-03-01)March 1, 1921
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 14, 2017(2017-10-14) (aged 96)
Belmont, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma materAmherst College (1942)
Harvard University (1947)
GenrePoetry, Children's books
Literary movementFormalism
Notable worksThings of This World
Notable awardsPulitzer Prize for Poetry (1957, 1989)
SpouseMary Charlotte Hayes Ward 1922–2007
ChildrenEllen D. Wilbur 1943-,
Christopher H. Wilbur 1948-,
Nathan L. Wilbur 1951-,
Aaron H. Wilbur 1958-
Richard Wilbur (1964)

Wilbur was born in New York City, New York. He studied at Amherst College and at Harvard University. He was married to Mary Charlotte Hayes Ward until her death in 2007. They had four children. Wilbur died on October 14, 2017, at a nursing home in Belmont, Massachusetts.[2][3] He was 96.

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  1. "Poet Laureate Timeline: 1981–1990". Library of Congress. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  2. "Richard Wilbur, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Winner, Dies at 96". The New York Times. October 16, 2017. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  3. Ferney, Mark (October 15, 2017). "Richard Wilbur, Pulitzer-winning poet, dies at 96". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved October 15, 2017.

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