Robert Fitzgerald

Robert Fitzgerald (1910–1985) was a poet, critic, and translator. He grew up in Springfield, Illinois and graduated from The Choate School before going on to Harvard University. In 1931 Poetry magazine published some of his original works. After college he started to translate Greek poetry to keep up his skills. These translations were published to much acclaim and he soon earned a reputation as one of the best Greek translators in English. His translations became standard works for scholars and students and in 1961 he earned the Bollingen Award for his verse translation of Homer’s Odyssey. Fitzgerald’s experience writing poetry made his translations much more than a literal work, and more of an art. Fitzgerald worked for The Herald Tribune and TIME magazine before going on to teach at Sarah Lawrence, Princeton, Notre Dame, and Harvard. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He was appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1984.

The Third Kind Of Knowledge

Literature by Robert Fitzgerald

The memoirs and essays collected in The Third Kind of Knowledge encompass the many lives of a remarkable man. Poet, translator, critic, journalist, memoirist, scholar–the late Robert Fitzgerald (1910-1985) had an unusual range of gifts and lived a strikingly varied life in the literary and academic world. While growing up, his scholarly promise earned the attention of his mentor in classical studies, Dudley Fitts, and his poetic gifts the admiration first of Vachel Lindsay and later of T.…
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Spring Shade

Robert Fitzgerald’s work first appeared in Poetry forty years ago. Since then his controlled yet lyric voice, his intimacy with the classic tradition, have gained for him a distinguished reputation as poet and translator. In Spring Shade, he brings together all of his previous collections––Poems (1935), A Wreath for the Sea (1943), In the Rose of Time (1956)––and adds to them two dozen later poems and a generous sampling from the wide range of his translations.…
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Poems From The Greek Anthology

Probably no other single collection of poems captures the quality of a whole civilization as well as the Greek Anthology. Also called the Palatine Anthology, it consists of more than 4,000 short poems which were written as early as 700 BC and as late as the final subsidence of Greek culture 1,000 years after Christ. Here all Greeks go hand in hand––pagan and Christian, Athenian and Byzantine, republican and imperialist, laureate and private man.…
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It is a rich, lucid memoir and captures his mix of passion and stoic balance…. it is more than a homage, it is a resurrection.
Los Angeles Times
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