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MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982



  • Existence: 1892 - 1982


Archibald MacLeish was born on May 7, 1892 in Glencoe, Illinois. He was an American poet and writer who was associated with the modernist school of poetry. MacLeish studied English at Yale University and law at Harvard University. He enlisted in and saw action during the First World War and lived in Paris in the 1920s. On returning to the US, he contributed to Henry Luce's magazine Fortune from 1929 to 1938. For five years MacLeish was Librarian of Congress, a post he accepted at the urging of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. From 1949 to 1962, MacLeish was Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. MacLeish was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes for his work. He died on April 20, 1982.

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Archibald MacLeish papers

Identifier: MS-355
Date(s): 1938 to 1968

Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982), writer. The collection contains typescripts of his book, "The American story" (1944) and his article "The Conquest of America" published in "The Atlantic" (Aug. 1949) as well as notes on the Dartmouth College Great Issues course and correspondence with Max Spelke about a poem to Heywood Brown, and with Harold G. Rugg and John Sloan Dickey.

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