Down in my heart /

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Main Author: Stafford, William, 1914-1993. (Author)
Corporate Author: Poets Laureate Collection (Library of Congress)
Format: Book
Published:Swarthmore, Pa. : Bench Press, ©1985.
Edition:2nd ed.
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Main Author:Stafford, William, 1914-1993.

"Down in My Heart is not only Stafford's first book, but in some ways it is his most important book because it lays out the radical social & moral code by which he lived his life as a pacifist, a code that underlies every poem he ever wrote."-The Bloomsbury Review

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General Notes:Reprint. Originally published: Elgin, IL. : Brethren Pub. House, 1947.
Physical Description:94 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN:0930769007 (pbk.)
Author Notes:

William Edgar Stafford was born in Hutchinson, Kansas on January 17, 1914. He received a B.A. in 1937 and a master's degree in English in 1947 from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1954. During the Second World War, he was a conscientious objector and worked in the civilian public service camps. He wrote about this experience in the prose memoir Down in My Heart, which was published in 1947. He taught at Lewis and Clark College from 1948 until his retirement in 1980.

During his lifetime, he published more than sixty-five volumes of poetry and prose including The Rescued Year, Stories That Could Be True: New and Collected Poems, Writing the Australian Crawl: Views on the Writer's Vocation, and An Oregon Message. He received several awards including a Shelley Memorial Award, a Western States Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry, and the National Book Award in 1963 for Traveling Through the Dark. In 1970, he was the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a position currently known as the Poet Laureate). He died on August 28, 1993.

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