Poet Anthony Hecht to Read at Yale

“The Yale Review” will sponsor a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht on Tuesday, December 3, at 8 p.m. in the Jonathan Edwards Common Room at 68 High Street, New Haven. The event is free and open to the public.

Mr. Hecht’s first book of poems, “A Summoning of Stones,” appeared in 1954, followed by “The Hard Hours,” which earned the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1968. “Millions of Strange Shadows” was published in 1977, and “The Venetian Vespers” in 1979. In 1990, an anthology, “Collected Earlier Poems,” was released as well as a new volume, “The Transparent Man.” Hiss latest volume of poetry is “Flight Among the Tombs”, Knopf, 1996.

In addition to poetry, Mr. Hecht has written several books of essays and literary criticism, including “Obbligati,” a collection of critical essays; “The Hidden Law,” a study of the poetry of W. H. Auden; and “On the Laws of the Poetic Art,” originally presented as the Andrew W. Mellon Lectures on the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington in 1992.

Mr. Hecht has taught widely, most recently as University Professor in the Graduate School of Georgetown University.

“The Yale Review” was launched in 1911, under the editorship of Wilbur Cross. During Professor Cross’s 30 years at the helm, the journal became the nation’s leading university quarterly, publishing work by Thomas Mann, Andre Gide, Virginia Woolf, Eugene O’Neill, H.L. Mencken, Margaret Mead, and more. When sociologist Kai Erikson took over in 1979, he broadened the range of the magazine and added Hortense Calisher, Seamus Heaney, Joyce Carol Oates, and Adrienne Rich to the contributors.

J.D. McClatchy was named editor in 1991, and continues the Review’s tradition of publishing challenging literature, essays and reviews that explore American society, thought, and culture.

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