Richard Wilbur was born in New York City in 1921. He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize, for New & Collected Poems (1988) and Things of this World (1956), for which he also won the National Book Award. His other numerous honors include the Wallace Stevens Award, the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Frost Medal, the Bollingen Prize, the T. S. Eliot Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Prix de Rome Fellowship. He is a former poet laureate of the United States and a chancellor emeritus of the Academy of American Poets. Now retired from a teaching career that included Harvard University, Wesleyan University and Smith College, he lives in Cummington, Massachusetts. His books include eight volumes of poetry, children’s poetry, several translations of Moliere and two books of prose. His new Collected Poems was released in 2004.