Robert Fitzgerald was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1910. He is the author of four poetry collections, including Poems (1935), A Wreath for the Sea (1943), and Spring Shade: Poems, 1931-1970 (1972). He has also written two books of prose and translated or co-translated nine books. Fitzgerald received fellowships from the Ford and Guggenheim Foundations, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. From 1968-1995 he was the Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He was also appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a position now known as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, but was unable to serve because of an illness. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Fitzgerald was a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune and Time magazine and the poetry editor of the New Republic. He also taught English at Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Washington, Seattle, Mount Holyoke College, and Princeton University. In addition, he was the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University from 1965-1981. Robert Fitzgerald died in 1985.
Audio Recordings with Robert Fitzgerald
- As part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., May 5, 1969. Academy of American Poets thirty-fifth anniversary program Poets: Allen Tate, Elizabeth Bishop, John Hall Wheelock, Louise Bogan, Robert Lowell, Robert Fitzgerald