William Morris Meredith Jr.

(January 9, 1919 – May 30, 2007 / New York City)

William Morris Meredith Jr.
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an American poet and educator. He was Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1978 to 1980.


Early Years

Meredith was born in New York City to William Morris Meredith, Sr. and Nelley Keyser. He began writing while a college student at Princeton University where with his first volume of poetry Love Letter from an Impossible Land he was selected by Archibald MacLeish for publication as part of Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton in 1940, writing a senior thesis on Robert Frost.


He worked briefly for the New York Times before joining the United ... more »

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