Anthony Hecht (1923-2004)

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Anthony Hecht (1923-2004) wrote eight books of poetry, a nonfiction book, and one book of essays. He also co-translated one book and edited two books. His book of poetry The Hard Hours won the Pulitzer Prize in 1967, and he won the Bollingen Prize, the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Loines Award, the Librex-Guggenheim Eugenio Montale Award, and the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award, as well as fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the American Academy in Rome, the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Hecht was a Chancellor Emeritus of the Academy of American Poets. He was born in New York City but lived in Washington, DC as an adult. A few more of his poetry books include The Darkness and the Light, The Venetian Vespers, and Millions of Strange Shadows. His poetry is known to be deeply traditional but also original to his personality. AND Beltway Poetry Quarterly, six poems, Volume 2:1, Winter 2001: Beltway Poetry Quarterly, “Three Anecdotes about Anthony Hecht,” Michael Gushue, Volume 10:4, Fall 2009: DC Writers’ Homes:

Written by Word Works intern Monica Root October 2013

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