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Richard Wilbur, FAAR 1955

Richard Wilbur
Baroque fountain in the garden of Villa Sciarra
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Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur, FAAR 1955, died on October 14, 2017 at the age of 96.

He won his first Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Things of This World (1956) in 1957, only two years after completing his fellowship years. He was awarded a second Pulitzer in 1988. Other awards included Poet Laureate of the United States. His obituary in the New York Times provides a full overview of his long career. It cites “A Baroque Wall-Fountain in the Villa Sciarra," as one of his most brilliant poems.