Richard Wilbur

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Birthday
1, 1921
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Oct 14, 2017 (96)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
1, 1921
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Oct 14, 2017 (96)

About

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and renowned translator of seventeenth-century French plays by Moliere, Racine, and Corneille. Wilbur's poetry collections include Anterooms, A Bestiary, and Walking to Sleep.

Before Fame

He attended Amherst College and Harvard University and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Trivia

He was awarded the 1994 National Medal of Arts by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Family Life

With his wife, Mary Charlotte Hayes Ward, he had four children.

Associated With

He wrote lyrics for several songs in composer Leonard Bernstein's Tony Award-nominated operetta, Candide.

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