Richard Eberhart (1904-2005)

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Richard Eberhart (1904-2005) was the author of over 12 collections of poetry and five plays. He served as a private tutor for the son of King Prajadhipok of what was then Siam and taught English at the St. Mark’s School. After serving in the US Naval Reserve during WWII and working at his wife’s family’s floor wax company, Eberhart taught at University of Washington, Brown University, Swarthmore College, Tufts University, Trinity College, University of Connecticut, Columbia University, University of Cincinnati, Wheaton College, Princeton University, and Dartmouth College. He then helped found the Poets’ Theatre, Inc., and served as the group’s first president. President Eisenhower appointed him to the Advisory commission on the Arts for the National Cultural Center, and he was Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress from 1959-1961. Eberhart won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his book Selected Poems, 1930-1965 and received a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. From 1979-1984, he served as New Hampshire’s Poet Laureate and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Eberhart’s other awards include the Shelley Memorial Award, the Bollingen Prize, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Award, the Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America, and the National Book Award (which was for his book Collected Poems, 1930-1976). He often used inspiration from his childhood home on a forty-acre estate in Minnesota in writing his works. AND DC Writers’ Homes:

Written by Word Works intern Monica Root October 2013

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