WD Snodgrass


WD Snodgrass was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States on January 5th, 1926 and is the Poet. At the age of 83, WD Snodgrass biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 5, 1926
United States
Place of Birth
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States
Death Date
Jan 13, 2009 (age 83)
Zodiac Sign
Poet, Translator, University Teacher, Writer
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Geneva College, University of Iowa (1949, BA) (1951, MA) (1953, MFA)
WD Snodgrass Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Lila Jean Hank ​ ​(m. 1946; div. 1953)​, Janice Marie Ferguson Wilson ​ ​(m. 1954; div. 1966)​, Camille Rykowski ​ ​(m. 1967; div. 1978)​, Kathleen Ann Brown ​ ​(m. 1985)​
Cynthia Jean Snodgrass, Russel Bruce Snodgrass
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Bruce De Witt Snodgrass (Father), Jesse Helen Murchie (Mother)
WD Snodgrass Life

William De Witt Snodgrass (January 5, 1926–January 13, 2009) was an American poet who also wrote under the name S. S. Gardons.

He received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1960.


Snodgrass was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, on January 5, 1926, to Bruce De Witt, an accountant, and Jesse Helen (Murchie) Snodgrass. The family lived in Wilkinsburg but moved to Beaver Falls for his son's birth because his grandfather was a doctor in the town. The family eventually relocated to Beaver Falls and Snodgrass after graduating from the local high school in 1943. He continued to Geneva College until 1944, when he was drafted into the United States Navy. Snodgrass demobilized in 1946 and enrolled in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, originally intending to become a playwright but later discovering as tutors some of the day's best poetic talents, including John Berryman, Randall Jarrell, and Robert Lowell. In 1949, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Arts degree in 1951, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1953.

Snodgrass referred to friends as "De" or "dee," but only published using his initials. He had a long and distinguished academic career, having taught at Cornell (1955–1978), Rochester (1968-9), and the University of Delaware. He went from teaching in 1994 to dedicate himself entirely to writing. This collection included autobiographical sketches, essays, and De/Construct's critical verse "deconstructions." He died in his home in Madison County, New York, aged 83, after a four-month battle with lung cancer, and his fourth wife, writer Kathleen Snodgrass, survived him.

Snodgrass married Lila Jean Hank in 1946, by whom he had a daughter, Cynthia Jean. They ended in divorce in 1953, and it was the divorce from his daughter that caused the separation of his daughter, which became the subject of his first collection, Heart's Needle. Janice Marie Ferguson Wilson Wilson Wilson Wilson Wilson, Snodgrass's second wife, was married in the following year. Russell Bruce Bruce's son and Kathy Ann Wilson, a stepdaughter. Camille Rykowski, his third wife, married him in 1966, but this ended in 1978. Kathleen Ann Brown's third marriage to him was in 1985.


WD Snodgrass Career

Literary career

Snodgrass's first poems appeared in 1951, and he appeared in some of the most prestigious magazines throughout the 1950s: Botteghe Oscure, Partisan Review, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Hudson Review. However, five sections from a sequence entitled "Heart's Needle" were included in Hall, Pack and Simpson's anthology, New Poets of England and America in 1957, and this was to mark a turning point. When Lowell had seen earlier versions of these poems in 1953, he had disapproved them, but now he was full of admiration.

Snodgrass had already received the Hudson Review Fellowship in Poetry and an Ingram Merrill Foundation Poetry Award by the time Heart's Needle was published in 1959. Nonetheless, his first book gave him more: a citation from the Poetry Society of America, a National Institute of Arts grant, and, perhaps more important, 1960's Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. It is often said that Heart's Needle began confessional poetry. Snodgrass loared the word. He was revived in this style, which was considered revolutionary by the majority of his contemporaries, who were reared as they had been raised on the New Critics' anti-expressionist theories. Snodgrass' confessional work was to have a major influence on many of his contemporaries, among others, including Robert Lowell.

Being branded with this brand affected his art and its reception, prompting him to work in small-press for many years. Two new trends (eventually) renewed his name, though some thought that Snodgrass had "snuckled his career." One of them was Adolf Hitler and his circle's last days of the Third Reich, a "poem in progress" that appeared from 1977 to 1995 and was finally completed in 1995. In the 1980s, there was an adaptation of these for the stage. The other theme was a series that developed in reaction to DeLoss McGraw's surrealistic paintings, which then developed into a partnership. Snodgrass's old confessional style was turned on its head in these poems, which also satirizing current attitudes.