Louis Simpson

Louis Simpson, 1923–2012, American poet, b. Kingston, Jamaica, grad. Columbia (B.S., 1948; Ph.D., 1959). He was an infantryman in World War II, and was a professor at the Univ. of California at Berkeley in the 1950s and 60s. From 1967 to the 1990s he taught at the State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook. Using experience—frequently drawn from his childhood in Jamaica in his earlier work and later reflecting ordinary daily American life—Simpson wrote finely crafted poems that are often witty, rueful, and grave. His volumes of poetry include The Arrivistes: Poems 1940–48 (1949), At the End of the Open Road (1963; Pulitzer Prize), North of Jamaica (1972), Searching for the Ox (1976), The Best Hour of the Night (1983), People Live Here: Selected Poems 1949–1983 (1984), and The Owner of the House: New Collected Poems, 1940–2001 (2003). He also wrote literary criticism, notably Three on the Tower (1975).

See his Selected Prose (1989); study by H. Lazer, ed. (1988).

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Louis Simpson: Selected full-text books and articles

At the End of the Open Road: Poems By Louis Simpson Wesleyan University Press, 1963
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New Poets of England and America By Louis Simpson; Robert Pack; Donald Hall Meridian Books, 1957
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The War Decade: An Anthology of the 1940s By Andrew Sinclair Hamilton, 1989
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Great Experiments: The Poetry of Louis Simpson By Taylor, Henry Hollins Critic, Vol. 27, No. 3, June 1990
The Simpson House: Sixty-One Years in Construction By Makuck, Peter The Hudson Review, Vol. 57, No. 2, Summer 2004
Simpson's Villon By Bawer, Bruce The Hudson Review, Vol. 54, No. 1, Spring 2001
Louis Simpson March 27, 1923 - Sept. 14, 2012 Pulitzer Prize- Winning Poet By Langer, Emily Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), September 24, 2012
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