Anthony Hecht


Birthday January 16, 1923

Birth Sign Capricorn

Birthplace New York City, NY

DEATH DATE Oct 20, 2004 (81)

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Twentieth-century American poet known for Millions of Strange Shadows, A Summoning of Stones, and other Holocaust-themed works. He is remembered for being one of the founders of a light verse form known as the double dactyl.

Before Fame

He was a member of the 97th Infantry Division that liberated the Flossenburg Nazi concentration camp at the end of World War II.


He attended Columbia University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop and later taught at the University of Rochester.

Family Life

He was born into a German-Jewish family in New York. He later married Helen Hecht.

Associated With

He and Allen Tate were literary contemporaries.