W. D. Snodgrass (2333 words)

  • Roy Scheele

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W(illiam) D(eWitt) Snodgrass was born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania on January 5, 1926. He attended Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania from 1943 to 1944 and again, after serving in the U.S. Navy, in 1946, then took his B.A. (1949), M.A. (1951), and M.F.A. (1953) from the University of Iowa. His first book of verse, Heart’s Needle, grew out of his time at Iowa and was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1959, largely on the recommendation of Robert Lowell; it won the Pulitzer Prize the following year. This successful debut volume was followed by After Experience (1968), The Fuehrer Bunker (1977), Selected Translations (1998), and Not for Specialists: New and Selected Poems (2006), as …

Scheele, Roy. "W. D. Snodgrass". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 July 2009
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4137, accessed 05 December 2016.]

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  1. Confessional Poetry