Nemerov, Howard

Nemerov, Howard

(nĕm`ĕrôf), 1920–91, American poet, novelist, and critic, b. New York City, grad. Harvard, 1941; brother of photographer Diane ArbusArbus, Diane
, 1923–71, American photographer, b. New York City. For nearly 20 years Arbus operated a successful fashion photography studio with her husband, Allan Arbus.
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. He taught at Bennington College for many years and was associated with Washington Univ. in St. Louis from 1969 until his death. Nemerov's witty and often gloomy poetry ranges in tone from light to deeply philosophical; collections include The Image and the Law (1947), The Next Room of the Dream (1964), Collected Poems (1977; Pulitzer Prize), By Al Lebowitz's Pool (1979), Inside the Onion (1984), and War Stories (1987). He was poet laureate of the United States (1988–90). His fiction deals largely with moral dilemmas, as in The Melodramatists (1949).


See his Selected Poems (2003), ed. by D. Anderson; studies by B. Duncan, ed. (1971) and J. Bartholomay (1972).

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Nemerov, Howard (Stanley)

(1920–91) poet, writer; born in New York City. He studied at Harvard (B.A. 1941), and taught at many institutions such as Bennington (1948–66) and, beginning in 1967, Washington University, St. Louis. He was named Consultant in Poetry (1963–64) and Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress (1988), and is known for his literary prose works and blank verse, as in Collected Poems (1977).
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