(December 22, 1869-April 6, 1935)
Born in Head Tide, Maine
Poetry collections include 'Children of the Night' (1897), 'Captain Craig and Other Poems' (1902), 'The Town Down the River' (1910), 'The Man Against the Sky' (1916), 'Lancelot' (1920), 'Collected Poems' (1921), 'The Man Who Died Twice' (1924) and 'Tristam' (1927)
Best-known poem was 'Richard Cory' (1897)
Why he might be annoying
He described his childhood as 'stark and unhappy.'
He wrote a letter to fellow poet Amy Lowell claiming that at age six he wondered why he was born.
At Harvard, he deliberately avoided A's, writing 'B, and in that vicinity, is a very comfortable and safe place to hang.'
Many of his poems are depressing.
He proposed twice to his brother's widow and was rejected both times.
Why he might not be annoying
His parents, who had wanted a girl, did not bother to name him until he was six months old.
He self-published his first poetry collection as a surprise for his mother, but she died days before the books arrived.
President Theodore Roosevelt praised 'Captain Craig and Other Poems' and secured him a job at the New York Customs House so he could support himself.
In appreciation, he dedicated his next work to Roosevelt.
He won three Pulitzer Prizes for poetry (1922,1925,1928).
Credit: C. Fishel
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