Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Richard Wilbur ’42 to Read from His Work at Amherst College Sept. 17

Sept. 2, 2009                   

AMHERST, Mass.—Poet Richard Wilbur, member of Amherst College’s Class of 1942, will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, in Pruyne Lecture Hall of Amherst College’s Fayerweather Hall.

Looking for Miracles: A Conversation Between Richard Wilbur '42 and Ilan Stavans

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Richard Wilbur ’42 is a former U.S. poet laureate, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of Things of This World and Advice to a Prophet. In the fall of 2008, he returned to his alma mater to teach.

A Poetic Homecoming

April 27, 2009

When a reader searches Richard Wilbur’s name on The New Yorker magazine’s Web site, an incredible 99 results mentioning the prolific poet and member of the college’s Class of 1942 appear. (To put that in context, look up “Robert Frost” and 56 links pop up, while “Emily Dickinson” generates 75.) The pieces themselves are quite impressive, not surprisingly: They include Wilbur’s poems, reviews of his books and translations and other miscellaneous references, such as an intriguing letter by Norman Mailer that cites in passing an invitation Jackie Kennedy made to said Amherst alumnus in the 1960s.

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