Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky

About Robert Pinsky

Robert Neal Pinsky (born October 20, 1940 in Long Branch, New Jersey) is an American writer, poet, literary scholar, and literary critic who was the US Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000 and was thus a poetic advisor to the Library of Congress. He is the author of nineteen novels and many poetry collections. Among his works there are also many essays, as well as a number of translations of some poets such as Dante Alighieri and Czes?aw Mi?osz. The major artists from which he drew inspiration for his works are T. S. Eliot, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Matthew Arnold and W. H. Auden. From 1997 to 2000, he worked as a consultant at the Library of Congress. He teaches at Boston University and is editor for Slate magazine.
After the literary critic book Landor's Poetry (1968), Pinsky, who was also the poetry editor of The New Republic magazine, himself wrote three volumes of poetry, entitled Sadness and Happiness (1975), The Situation of Poetry (1976) and An Explanation of America (1979). In 1980 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and continued his writing career with the collection of poems History of My Heart (1984). After the literary criticism Poetry and the World (1988), he published two other volumes of poetry, The Want Bone (1990) and The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 (1996). In addition, he received the 1995 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for poetry for the volume of poetry The Inferno of Dante.
Pinsky is also the author of an interactive fiction game called Mindwheel in 1984, developed by Synapse Industries. During his career he has received much praise, prestigious US awards such as the National Endowment for the Humanitiese and important literary offices such as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. He received the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry in 2004 and was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1996 for The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems. He is also the founder of several associations, literary circles and projects, among which the Favorite Poem Project is important. He appeared in the cartoon episode The Simpsons.

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