THEODORE ROETHKE, born May 25, 1908, in Saginaw, Michigan,
lives with his wife in Seattle, where
he is professor of English at the University of Washington. He grew
up in and around a greenhouse
owned by his father and his uncle,
a circumstance strongly reflected
in the many poems in which he
dramatizes the consciousness of
childhood. He was educated at the University of Michigan and at Harvard, and his teaching career
has included positions at Lafayette,
Penn State, where he was also coach
of tennis, and Bennington, where
his wife was then a student. He
worked on his first book of poems, Open House, for ten years; since
then his output has been comparatively prolific and the range
of his style and subject matter
greatly extended as he has passed
through several distinct phases of
development. His fourth volume of
poems, The Waking, was awarded
the Pulitzer Prize in 1954.
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Book title: The Modern Poets:An American-British Anthology.
Contributors: John Malcolm Brinnin - Editor, Bill Read - Editor.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1963.
Page number: 292.
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