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A Week in Literary History

September 26th, 2002

America poet W.S. (William Stanley) Merwin (A Mask for Janus, 1952) is born in New York City in 1927.

W.S. Merwin, b. September 30, 1927

merwinat60.pngMerwin is America’s most celebrated living poet. He has won the Pulitzer Prize twice, thirty-eight years apart, the National Book Award in 2005, when he was almost eighty, and every other honor this country can bestow. He is also a graceful and lyrical writer of “prose poems” and a prolific translator.

Suggested Reading Poems A Mask for Janus, 1952. Green with Beasts, 1954. The Drunk in the Furnace, 1960. The Lice, 1967. The Carrier of Ladders, 1970. Writings to an Unfinished Accompaniment, 1973. The Rain in the Trees, 1988. The Shadow of Sirius, 2008. Prose The Miner’s Pale Children, 1970. The Lost Uplands: Stories of Southwest France, 1992. Translations Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (Pablo Neruda), 1969. Osip Mandelstam: Selected Poems, 1974. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, 2005.

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