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James Schuyler was born 9 November 1923 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Marcus James (a reporter) and Margaret (Connor) Schuyler. He attended Bethany College (1941-1943) and the University of Florence (1947-1948). Schuyler was on the staff of the Museum of Modern Art from 1955-1961 (New York, NY) and an art critic at Art News. A poet, novelist, and playwright, Schuyler was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for The Morning of the Poem. He was also the recipient of the Longview Foundation award (1961), Frank O'Hara Prize (1969), National Endowment for the Arts grants (1971, 1972), National Institute of Arts and Letters award (1976), Guggenheim fellowship (1981), Academy of American Poets fellowship (1983), Whiting Award (1985) and the Lambda Literary Award (1994).
James Schuyler died following a stroke on 12 April 1991, in New York, New York.
Salute, Tiber Press, 1960.
(With Kenward Elmslie) The Wednesday Club, East End Theatre, 1964.
May 24th or So, Tibor de Nagy, 1966.
Freely Espousing: Poems, Doubleday, 1969.
The Crystal Lithium, Random House, 1972.
A Sun Cab, Adventures in Poetry, 1972.
Hymn to Life: Poems, Random House, 1974.
Song, Kermani Press, 1976.
The Home Book: Prose and Poems, 1951-1970, Z Press, 1977.
The Morning of the Poem, Farrar, Straus, 1980.
A Few Days, Random House, 1985.
Selected Poems, Farrar, Straus, 1988.
Collected Poems, Farrar, Straus, 1993.
Alfred and Guinevere, Harcourt, 1958.
(With John Ashbery)A Nest of Ninnies, Dutton, 1969.
What's for Dinner?, Black Sparrow Press, 1978.
Early in '71, Figures, 1982.
Presenting Jane (one-act), first produced in Cambridge, MA at Poets' Theatre, 1952.
Shopping and Waiting (one-act), first produced in Cambridge, MA at Poets' Theatre , 1953.
(With Elmslie) Unpacking the Black Trunk (one-act), first produced Off-Broadway, 1965.
(With Paul Bowles) A Picnic Cantata (recording), Columbia Records, 1955.
The Fireproof Floors of Witley Court: English Songs and Dances, Janus Press, 1976.
(Editor with Charles North) Broadway Two, Swollen Magpie Press, 1979.
The collection contains three letters from Schuyler to Donald Allen, and several articles about Schuyler and his work.
The materials are arranged chronologically in one folder.
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[Item description, #:#], James Schuyler Papers. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.
The materials were donated by Donald Allen and accessioned into the collection in 2004.
Additional information on James Schuyler is available in Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2001.