William Carlos Williams





William Carlos Williams
1883-1963
Nationality: American New Entry : 03/01/1999
Place of Birth: Rutherford, New Jersey, United States

Genre(s): Poetry; Novels; Short Stories; Plays; Autobiography/Memoir; Philosophy; Letters; Essays; Songs/Lyrics and libretti


Award(s):
Dial Award, 1926, for distinguished service to American literature; Guarantors Prize from Poetry, 1931; LL.D. from University of Buffalo, 1946, and Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1959; Russell Loines Memorial Award for poetry from National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1948; Litt.D. from Rutgers University, 1948, Bard College, 1948, and University of Pennsylvania, 1952; appointed to chair of poetry at Library of Congress, 1949 (appointment withdrawn, but subsequently renewed); National Book Award for poetry, 1950, for Selected Poems and Paterson, Book III; Bollingen Prize in poetry from Yale University Library, 1952; Levinson Prize, 1954, and Oscar Blumenthal Prize, 1955, both for poems published in Poetry; Academy of American Poets fellowship, 1956; Brandeis University creative arts medal in poetry-fiction-nonfiction, 1957-58, in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished achievement; Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Pictures From Brueghel and American Academy of Arts and Letters gold medal for poetry from National Institute of Arts and Letters, both 1963.

Table of Contents:
Personal Information
Career
Writings
Sidelights
Further Readings About the Author

Personal Information: Family: Born September 17, 1883, in Rutherford, New Jersey, United States; died March 4, 1963, in Rutherford, New Jersey, United States; son of William George (in business) and Raquel Helene (Hoheb) Williams; married Florence Herman, December 12, 1912; children: William, Eric, Paul Herman. Education: University of Pennsylvania, M.D., 1906; postgraduate study at University of Leipzig, 1909- 10. Memberships: American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Institute of Arts and Letters, Academy of American Poets, Bergen County (New Jersey) Medical Association.


Career: Poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, and physician. French Hospital and Nursery and Child\'s Hospital, New York, New York, intern, 1906- 09; private medical practice in Rutherford, New Jersey, 1910-51. University of Washington, Seattle, visiting professor of English, 1948.
WRITINGS BY THE AUTHOR:
POEMS
 (Under name William C. Williams) Poems, privately printed, 1909.
 The Tempers, Elkin Matthews, 1913.
 Al Que Quiere!, Four Seas, 1917.
 Kora in Hell: Improvisations, Four Seas, 1920, reprinted, Kraus Reprint, 1973 (also see below).
 Sour Grapes, Four Seas, 1921.
 Go Go, Monroe Wheeler, 1923.
 Spring and All, Contact Publishing, 1923, reprinted, Frontier Press, 1970 (also see below).
 The Cod Head, Harvest Press, 1932.
 Collected Poems, 1921-1931, preface by Wallace Stevens, Objectivist Press, 1934.
 An Early Martyr and Other Poems, Alcestis Press, 1935.
 Adam & Eve & The City, Alcestis Press, 1936.
 The Complete Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, 1906- 1938, New Directions, 1938.
 The Broken Span, New Directions, 1941.
 The Wedge, Cummington Press (Cummington, Massachusetts), 1944.
 Paterson, New Directions, Book I, 1946, Book II, 1948, Book III, 1949, Book IV, 1951, Book V, 1958, Books I-V published in one volume, 1963.
 The Clouds, Wells College Press and Cummington Press, 1948.
 Selected Poems, introduction by Randall Jarrell, New Directions, 1949, revised edition, 1968.
 The Pink Church, Golden Goose Press, 1949.
 The Collected Later Poems, New Directions, 1950, revised edition, 1963.
 Collected Earlier Poems, New Directions, 1951, revised edition, 1966.
 The Desert Music and Other Poems, Random House, 1954 (also see below).
 Journey to Love (includes Asphodel, That Greeny Flower), Random House, 1955 (also see below).
 The Lost Poems of William Carlos Williams; or, The Past Recaptured, collected by John C. Thirlwall, published in New Directions 16, New Directions, 1957.
 Pictures From Brueghel and Other Poems (includes The Desert Music and Journey to Love), New Directions, 1962.
 Selected Poems, introduction by Charles Tomlinson, Penguin, 1976.
 Collected Poems: Volume 1, 1909-1939, edited by A. Walton Litz and Christopher MacGowan, Carcanet, 1988, Volume 2, 1939-1962, edited by MacGowan, 1989.
 Asphodel, That Greeny Flower & Other Love Poems, new Directions, 1994.
 Early Poems, Dover Publications, 1997.
OTHER
 The Great American Novel, Three Mountains Press, 1923, reprinted, Folcroft, 1973 (also see below).
 In the American Grain (essays), A. & C. Boni, 1925, reprinted with introduction by Horace Gregory, New Directions, 1967.
 A Voyage to Pagany (novel), Macaulay, 1928, reprinted, New Directions, 1970.
 (Translator) Philippe Soupault, Last Nights of Paris, Macaulay, 1929, reprinted, Full Court Press, 1982.