Joseph Auslander (1897-1965)

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Joseph Auslander (October 11,1897 - June 22, 1965) wrote four collections of poetry. He also taught English at Harvard while completing his graduate work there, taking a leave of absence to go to the Sorbonne in Paris on a Parker Fellowship. Auslander served as a lecturer in Poetry at Columbia from 1929-1937, after which he was the first Consultant in Poetry for the Library of Congress and the poetry editor for North American Review. Auslander co-authored two collections of poetry, one of which (The Unconquerables, 1941) is said to have had an effect on the war. He co-authored two novels, a history of poetry written for youth, and an anthology. He also translated some Italian and French poetry and was awarded the Robert Frost Prize for poetry.

info from http://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/palitmap/bios/Auslander__Joseph.html Beltway Poetry Quarterly, “The Library and its Laureates: The Examples of Auslander, Williams, Dickey & Kumin,” Dan Vera, Volume 10:4, Fall 2009. http://washingtonart.com/beltway/fourlaureates.html DC Writers’ Homes: http://dcwriters.poetrymutual.org/pages/auslander-wurdemann.html

written by Word Works intern Monica Root, September 2013


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