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Frank O'Hara

Frank O'HaraAKA Francis Russell O'Hara

Born: 27-Jun-1926
Birthplace: Batlimore, MD
Died: 25-Jul-1966
Location of death: Fire Island, NY
Cause of death: Accident - Automobile
Remains: Buried, Green River Cemetery, East Hampton, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [1]
Occupation: Poet

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Meditations in an Emergency

Military service: US Navy (1944-46, Seaman 3rd Class, USS Nicholas)

Roommate of Edward Gorey at Harvard.

Perhaps the most renowned of the New York School poets of the 1950s, a circle which included John Ashbery.

Died after being run over by a dune buggy, Fire Island on Long Island, NY.


[1] American Culture's Debt to Gay Sons of Harvard (Dinitia Smith, The New York Times, 29th May 2003.) See also The Crimson Letter: Harvard, Homosexuality and the Shaping of American Culture (2003), by Douglass Shand-Tucci.

Father: Russell Joseph O'Hara
Mother: Katherine Broderick

    University: BA, Harvard University (1950)
    University: MA, University of Michigan (1951)

    Museum of Modern Art Assistant Curator (1960s)
    National Book Award for Poetry 1972 for The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara

Author of books:
A City Winter, and Other Poems (1952, poetry)
Meditations in an Emergency (1957, poetry)
Second Avenue (1960, poetry)
Odes (1960, poetry)
Lunch Poems (1964, poetry)
Love Poems (Tentative Title) (1965, poetry)
The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara (1971, poetry)
The Selected Poems of Frank O’Hara (1974, poetry)
Poems Retrieved: 1950-1966 (1977, poetry)


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