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The Resource Archibald MacLeish : an American life, Scott Donaldson ; in collaboration with R.H. Winnick

Archibald MacLeish : an American life, Scott Donaldson ; in collaboration with R.H. Winnick

Label
Archibald MacLeish : an American life
Title
Archibald MacLeish
Title remainder
an American life
Statement of responsibility
Scott Donaldson ; in collaboration with R.H. Winnick
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Some of the greatest poets--Victor Hugo, Paul Claudel, George Seferis, Pablo Neruda, St.-John Perse--have also been public figures, but in the history of twentieth-century American poetry, Archibald MacLeish stands alone. Born on May 7, 1892, in Glencoe, Illinois, to the craggy but prosperous president of Carson Pirie Scott and an idealistic mother who had been a college president, Archibald MacLeish grew up to become not only a highly regarded poet, even eventually the unofficial poet laureate of his time, but one of our most dedicated and effective public servants. Educated at Hotchkiss (which he hated), Yale (football, Skull and Bones), and Harvard Law School, he abandoned a promising law practice in Boston on the very day he was to be offered a partnership, to take his wife, a gifted singer, and their young children to Paris and write poetry full-time. Much of MacLeish's finest work ("Ars poetica," "The End of the World," "You, Andrew Marvell") was written in France, where he lived out the 1920s in the company of Hemingway, Dos Passos, Fitzgerald, Picasso, and Gerald and Sara Murphy. But as the Great Depression loomed, MacLeish came home, bought a farm in Conway, Massachusetts, and looked for gainful employment. He became one of the early and foremost editors of Fortune, for which he wrote copiously and brilliantly for a decade, often contributing as much as a quarter of each issue. During this time his poetry became more public ("Frescoes for Mr. Rockefeller's City") and his political opinions more liberal, controversial, and beleaguered. For a year he served as the first curator of Harvard's Nieman fellowships, but in 1939 Franklin Roosevelt summoned him to be librarian of Congress. In that position he entirely reorganized the Library of Congress, continuing this work even while serving in the wartime Office of Facts and Figures and later as assistant secretary of state. In 1945, with his friend Adlai Stevenson, he worked to establish the United Nations and drafted the preamble to its charter. After war's end MacLeish became Boylston Professor at Harvard, where he spent nearly fifteen years teaching the university's most distinguished writing students every autumn. Wintering in Antigua and summering at his country retreat, he also turned to the creation of verse plays such as the tremendously successful J.B., which won him his third Pulitzer Prize. Surviving nearly into his nineties, he wrote some of his finest lyrics as the darkness drew in. This generous and eloquent biography, richly illustrated, is published on the centenary of his birth
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Also issued online.
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1928-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Donaldson, Scott
Dewey number
  • 811/.52
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3525.A27
LC item number
Z63 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Winnick, R. H
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • MacLeish, Archibald
  • MacLeish, Archibald
  • MacLeish, Archibald
  • MacLeish, Archibald
  • MacLeish, Archibald
  • Poets, American
  • Statesmen
  • Poets, American
  • Statesmen
  • United States
  • Biografie
Label
Archibald MacLeish : an American life, Scott Donaldson ; in collaboration with R.H. Winnick
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/bowker/toc/9780395493267.pdf
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Peter Davison book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 593-600) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Beginnings -- Growing up -- Prep school -- Big man on campus -- Ada and the Muses -- The great war -- A. MacLeish, Esquire -- Fever of greatness -- Shadow of the night -- New found land -- City of glass -- Public poet I -- Middle of the journey -- Public poet II -- Mr. M. goes to Washington -- Brush of the comet -- The drums of war -- Propagandist for democracy -- Making the peace -- A new life -- The view from sixty -- Means of escape -- Poet Laureate -- Quarrels with the world -- Last lines
Control code
ocm24870803
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 622 pages
Isbn
9780395493267
Lccn
91041401
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o24870803
  • (OCoLC)24870803
Label
Archibald MacLeish : an American life, Scott Donaldson ; in collaboration with R.H. Winnick
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/bowker/toc/9780395493267.pdf
Publication
Note
"A Peter Davison book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 593-600) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Beginnings -- Growing up -- Prep school -- Big man on campus -- Ada and the Muses -- The great war -- A. MacLeish, Esquire -- Fever of greatness -- Shadow of the night -- New found land -- City of glass -- Public poet I -- Middle of the journey -- Public poet II -- Mr. M. goes to Washington -- Brush of the comet -- The drums of war -- Propagandist for democracy -- Making the peace -- A new life -- The view from sixty -- Means of escape -- Poet Laureate -- Quarrels with the world -- Last lines
Control code
ocm24870803
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 622 pages
Isbn
9780395493267
Lccn
91041401
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o24870803
  • (OCoLC)24870803

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