Theodore Russell Weiss was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1916. He is the author of more than 12 books of poetry, in addition to several volumes of literary criticism. He is best known for his book-length narrative poem Gunsight (1962). Weiss was a recipient of the Wallace Stevens Award, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim and Ford foundations. For his full body of work, he was recognized with the 1997 Oscar Williams-Gene Derwood Award of the New York Community. Founder of the Quarterly Review of Literature and professor at Princeton University, Weiss died in Princeton, New Jersey, in 2003.
Audio Recordings with Theodore Russell
- Malcolm Cowley and Theodore Russell Weiss reading and discussing their poems in the Coolidge Auditorium, April 7, 1969
- Theodore Russell Weiss reading his poems in the Recording Laboratory, Mar. 25, 1974