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Archibald MacLeish

Archibald MacLeish (May 7, 1892 – April 20, 1982) was an American poet and writer who was associated with the Modernist school of poetry. MacLeish studied English at Yale University and law at Harvard University. He enlisted in and saw action during World War One, and lived in Paris in the 1920s. On returning to the US, he contributed to Henry Luce's magazine Fortune from 1929 to 1938. For five years MacLeish was Librarian of Congress, a post he accepted at the urging of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. From 1949 to 1962, MacLeish was Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. MacLeish was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes for his work.

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A Library of Congress blog post about Archibald MacLeish by guest writer Mary Lou Reker. She talks about MacLeish's view of America, a topic covered in many of his poems, some of which are highlighted in this article. Wish it were longer, but it's a good short outline of a man with a great impact in the world of poetry.

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Compassionate Action Network has a page for Archibald MacLeish's "Lines for an Internment," a poem that reflects his view of World War I as a sort of fraud. Speaks to his views of war and his views of views of war.

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An annual tribute to Archibald McLeish by Greenfield Community College, with some poems read by attendants.

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A Greenfield Community College presentation about Archibald MacLeish, particularly his life in Conway, Massachusetts.

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