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Williams, William Carlos

Born: 1883 AD
Died: 1963 AD

1883 – Born on September 17th in Rutherford, New Jersey. An American poet who succeeded in making the ordinary appear extraordinary through the clarity and discreteness of his imagery.

1906 – Received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

1910 – After internship in New York and graduate study in pediatrics in Leipzig, he returned to a lifetime of poetry and medical practice in his hometown.

1917 – In "Al Que Quiere!" (“To Him Who Wants It!”) his style was distinctly his own. Characteristic poems that proffer Williams’ fresh, direct impression of the sensuous world are the frequently anthologized “Lighthearted William,” “By the Road to the Contagious Hospital,” and “Red Wheelbarrow”.

1925 – A prolific writer of prose, Williams’ "In the American Grain" analyzed the American character and culture through essays on historical figures.

1937-1958 – In "Paterson" (5 vol.), Williams expressed the idea of the city, which in its complexity also represents man in his complexity. The poem is based on the industrial city in New Jersey on the Passaic River and evokes a complex vision of America and modern man.

         – Three novels form a trilogy about a family—"White Mule", "In the Money", and "The Build-Up". Among his notable short stories are “Jean Beicke,” “A Face of Stone,” and “The Farmers’ Daughters”.

         – His play "A Dream of Love" was produced in off-Broadway and academic theatres.

         – Williams’ "Autobiography" appeared.

1963 – He was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his "Pictures from Brueghel" and "Other Poems".

         – He died on March 4th in Rutherford.

1975 – "William Carlos Williams", by the poet Reed Whittemore, was published.