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Stanley Kunitz

Stanley KunitzAKA Stanley Jasspon Kunitz

Born: 29-Jul-1905
Birthplace: Worcester, MA
Died: 14-May-2006
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Pneumonia

Gender: Male
Religion: Agnostic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Poet, Editor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Poet Laureate, 2000

Military service: US Army (three years, conscientious objector, 1943-45, Staff Sgt.)

Editor of reference works for the H.W. Wilson Company.

Father: Solomon Z. Kunitz (d. suicide in a public park, before Stanley was born)
Mother: Yetta Helen Jasspon (Lithuanian immigrant)
Father: Mark Dine (stepfather, d.)
Wife: Helen Pearce (m. 1930)
Wife: Eleanor Evans (m. 1939, one daughter)
Daughter: Dr. Gretchen Kunitz
Wife: Elise Asher (painter, m. 1958, d.)

    High School: Worcester Classical High School
    University: BA, Harvard University (1926, summa cum laude)
    University: MA, Harvard University (1927)
    Professor: Literature, Bennington College (1946-49)
    Professor: Columbia University

    US Poet Laureate 2000
    American Academy of Arts and Letters
    Poetry Society of America
    Guggenheim Fellowship
    National Medal of Arts 1993
    Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1959 for Selected Poems 1928-1958
    National Book Award for Poetry 1995 for Passing Through
    Bollingen Prize in Poetry 1987
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Lithuanian Ancestry
    Jewish Ancestry

Author of books:
Intellectual Things (1930, poetry)
Passport to the War (1944, poetry)
Selected Poems 1928-1958 (1958, poetry)
The Testing-Tree (1971, poetry)
The Terrible Threshold (1974, poetry)
The Coat Without a Seam (1974, poetry)
The Lincoln Relics (1978, poetry)
The Wellfleet Whale and Companion Poems (1983, poetry)
Next-to-Last Thing (1985, poetry)
Passing Through (1995, poetry)


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