Archibald MacLeish: an American life

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Houghton Mifflin, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 622 pages
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The definitive biography of America's most eminent poet-statesman. Born in 1892, MacLeish grew up to become not only a highly regarded poet but one of the most dedicated public servants of his time. MacLeish later taught at Harvard, where he trained writers such as Donald Hall, Robert Bly, and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. Photographs.

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Poet, lawyer, Librarian of Congress, statesman, and professor, MacLeish (1892-1982) revived the Homeric ideal of a poet as ``a man in the world.'' In this authorized and idealized biography, his only ... Read full review

Archibald MacLeish: an American life

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This exhaustive, sympathetic biography helps explain why MacLeish, one of the best-known and respected American poets in the 1930s to the 1950s, is all but forgotten today. Raised to value a life of ... Read full review


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Scott Donaldson is one of the nation's leading literary biographers. He has written and edited a number of books, including "Poet in America: Winfield Townley Scott"; "By Force of Will: The Life and Art of Ernest Hemingway"; "Fool for Love: F. Scott Fitzgerald"; "John Cheever: A Biography"; "Archibald MacLeish: An American Life"; and "Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald,

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