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Horace Gregory

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Horace Gregory (April 10, 1898 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – March 11, 1982 in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts) was a prize-winning American poet, translator of classic poetry, literary critic and college professor. He was awarded the Bollingen Prize in 1965. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin in 1923, he was the author of eight books of poems. He translated poems by the Roman poets Catullus and Ovid, and wrote biographies of Whistler and Amy Lowell. In 1925, he married poet and editor Marya Zaturenska (Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, 1938; 1902–1982). They had two children: Patrick Bolten Gregory and Joanna Elizabeth Zeigler née Gregory. His collected essays, Spirit of Time and Place, were published in 1973. He wrote book reviews that were published in The New York Times. His work appeared in The New Yorker, Contemporary Poetry, The Wisconsin Literary Magazine, and Poetry Magazine. Gregory's poetry has been described as "literary" and as "exhibit[ing] an awareness of the lives of working people, sometimes taking the form of the elegiac monologue." Poet Richard Eberhart said: “The ruthlessness of the city used to be his interest; he used to depict realistic characters and situations within it. Now there is the general serenity, poise and lyrical concern with language.” He added: “Gregory is lyrical and straight-forward in these poems.” Edgar Johnson, biographer of Charles Dickens and Sir Walter Scott among others, said that "Mr. Gregory is not one of those scholar-critics who write only for other scholar-critics. He is a scholar without pedantry, who concentrates not on exhibitionism but illumination." Gregory was a professor of English at Sarah Lawrence College for 26 years, from 1934 to 1960, when he became Professor Emeritus. One of his students was future children's poet Myra Cohn Livingston. He and Marya Zaturenska attended a 1948 reception at the Gotham Book Mart for Edith Sitwell. During the end of his life, Gregory and his wife were residents of Palisades, Rockland County, New York. His papers are at Syracuse University.
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