W. S. Merwin

Playwright, Author

1927 –

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Who is W. S. Merwin?

William Stanley Merwin is an American poet, credited with over fifty books of poetry, translation and prose. During the 1960s anti-war movement, Merwin's unique craft was thematically characterized by indirect, unpunctuated narration. In the 1980s and 1990s, Merwin's writing influence derived from his interest in Buddhist philosophy and deep ecology. Residing in Hawaii, he writes prolifically and is dedicated to the restoration of the islands' rainforests.

Merwin has received many honors, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the Tanning Prize, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Academy of American Poets, as well as the Golden Wreath of the Struga Poetry Evenings. In 2010, the Library of Congress named Merwin the seventeenth United States Poet Laureate to replace the outgoing Kay Ryan.

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Born
Sep 30, 1927
New York City
Also known as
  • William Stanley Merwin
  • Merwin, W.S.
  • William S. Merwin
Spouses
Ethnicity
  • White American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Princeton University
Lived in
  • Scranton
  • New York City
  • Hawaii

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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