An Interview with William H. Pritchard '53

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"'Respect your insomnia.' That's the way I want to live."

With nearly a century of experience teaching English at Amherst between them, David Sofield and Bill Pritchard have plenty to talk about when it comes to poetry, literary criticism, the genius of Milton, the appeal of Frost and the debatable merits of Billy Collins.

Sofield/Pritchard interviewDavid Sofield and William H. Pritchard

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David Sofield

David R. Sofield, Samuel Williston Professor of English

Professor Sofield has taught English and creative writing at Amherst since 1965. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Yale Review, The New Criterion, Southwest Review, and The New Republic. He co-edited and contributed to Under Criticism: Essays for William H. Pritchard, which was published in 1998. His own debut collection of poems entitled Light Disguise is said to “embody a loving lifetime’s engagement with the writing and reading of poetry.” Professor Sofield received a B.A. from Princeton University, and earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford. This fall, he and Richard Wilbur ’42 will co-teach a new seminar titled Donne, Herbert, Marvell, Milton.