“Poet Laureate” William Meredith Hand Written Letter. This item is certified authentic by Todd Mueller Autographs and comes with their Certificate of Authenticity. William Morris Meredith Jr. (January 9, 1919 May 30, 2007) was an American poet and educator. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. From 1978 to 1980. Meredith was born in New York City to William Morris Meredith Sr. In Massachusetts, graduating in 1936. He began writing while a college student at. From Princeton in 1940, having written a senior thesis on. His first volume of poetry, Love Letter from an Impossible Land , appeared in 1944. Selected it for publication as part of the. Yale Series of Younger Poets. Meredith worked briefly for the. As a copy boy and reporter before joining the. United States Army Air Force. The next year, he transferred to the. As a carrier pilot. He served in the. And reached the rank of lieutenant. He continued his service in the. United States Navy Reserve. Until 1952, when he reenlisted to serve in the. He ultimately attained the rank of lieutenant commander and was awarded two. From 1946 to 1950, Meredith had several teaching appointments at. Instructor in English, Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Writing, and Resident Fellow in Creative Writing. This was followed by an appointment as associate professor at the. After the Korean War he was hired as an associate professor of English at. Where he taught until 1983. Meredith was promoted to professor in 1965. He settled on a farm in. Where he continued to write poetry and developed his talents as an arborist, planting and nurturing rare trees on the banks of the. During this period, he also taught for several years in the summer graduate program at. Bread Loaf School of English. He was also an instructor at the. Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. From 1964 to 1971. From 1964 to 1987, Meredith served as Chancellor of the. Academy of American Poets. From 1978 to 1980, he was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, the position which in 1985 became the. He has the distinction of being the first gay poet to receive this honor. In 1983, Meredith suffered a stroke and was immobilized for two years. Which affected his ability to produce language. Meredith ended his teaching career and could not write poetry during this period. He regained many of his language skills after intensive therapy and traveling to Britain for treatment. In 1988, Meredith was awarded the. Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Los Angeles Times Book Award. For Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems. In 1997, he won the. National Book Award for Poetry. For Effort at Speech. Meredith also received a. Fellowship, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize, the Carl Sandburg Award, and the International Vaptsarov Prize in Poetry. One of the most complete collections of Meredith’s work, “The William Meredith Papers, ” is housed at Connecticut College, where he taught. The collection documents his life and work as of one of Connecticut College’s most eminent faculty members and one of the nation’s most respected poets. The collection contains letters, drafts, speeches, and papers relating to many organizations with which Meredith was associated, such as the Library of Congress, the Academy of American Poets, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Connecticut College, Princeton University, Yaddo, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, cultural and governmental agencies in Bulgaria, and the Estate of W. Connecticut College acquired the papers in 1994. They are in the Special Collections department of the Charles E. One may consult the collection by arrangement with the Special Collections Librarian. The library also has a virtually complete collection of Meredith’s published work, including many of the anthologies and issues of literary journals in which individual poems were published or reprinted. The book collection also includes presentation copies of. S poetry that Frost gave Meredith, several with inscriptions and holograph poems. A longtime admirer of. Meredith fulfilled his ambition to visit Yeats’s spiritual homeplace of. While there he also attended the Yeats International Summer School, which attracts many academics and admirers of Yeats to Sligo every summer. The item “Poet Laureate William Meredith Hand Written Letter Todd Mueller COA” is in sale since Wednesday, May 9, 2018. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Historical”. The seller is “historicsellsmemorabilia” and is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 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