Louis Untermeyer is undoubtedly the best-known and most creative modern anthologist in the field of poetry. His earlier selections and collections have been published -- and with great distinction and success -- by Harcourt, Brace and Company, and have sold more than 600,000 copies in the last twenty years. Many of them are standard works in schools and colleges. Perhaps the best known are Modern American Poetry, Modern British Poetry, This Singing World, and Stars to Steer By.
In addition, Mr. Untermeyer has achieved wide renown as a poet in his own right, as a critic, biographer, essayist, lecturer, teacher, and horticulturist. His literary career began with a volume of parodies. This was followed by many other books of poetry, in addition to his celebrated anthologies. Various critical works, translations, the novel Moses, and a standard life of Heine have come from his pen. Mr. Untermeyer, who lectures widely, does most of his writing at his beautiful farm in the Adirondacks surrounded by assorted livestock, two trout streams, and half a mountain of sugar maples.