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Richard Howard

Richard Howard

Video recording of Richard Howard at the 1983 UND Writers Conference
Transcription of "Poetry and 100 Years" (James Merrill and Richard Howard) at the 1983 UND Writers Conference.

Richard Howard was born in 1929 in Cleveland and studied at Columbia University and the Sorbonne. After working for some years as a lexicographer, he began making translations from the French and has now published over 200 works, including volumes by De Gaulle, Cioran, Stendhal, Barthes, Deleuze, Foucault, Gracq, Gide, Robbe-Grillet, Butor, and Claude Simon; in 1983 he received the American Book Award for his translation of Baudelaire’s Fleurs du mal. In 1970 he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his third book of poems, Untitled Subjects, and has since published ten more volumes of verse. He has received an American Academy of Arts & Letters Award for his poetry; a Guggenheim Fellowship; the PEN Translation Prize; the French-American Translation Prize (twice); and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle (2003), as well as a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2002 he was made an Officer of the Legion of Honor, having served as Poet Laureate of New York State (1986), Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets (1973-1993) and President of P.E.N.-American Center (1978-9). His comprehensive critical study Alone with America: Studies in the Art of Poetry in the United States since 1950, originally published in 1969, was reissued in an expanded edition in 1980. For 11 years he served as the poetry editor of The Paris Review and is currently poetry editor of the Western Humanities Review and Professor of Practice in the School of the Arts (Writing Division) at Columbia University. In late 2004, Farrar, Straus & Giroux published Inner Voices: Poems 1963-2003 and Paper Trail: Criticism (Poetry, Prose, Art. 1963-2003.

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