Leonard Bacon (poet)

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Leonard Bacon
Born (1887-05-26)May 26, 1887
Solvay, New York, U.S.
Died January 1, 1954(1954-01-01) (aged 66)
Peace Dale, Rhode Island, U.S.
Occupation Poet
Nationality American
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Leonard Bacon was an American poet, translator, and literary critic. The great-grandson of preacher Leonard Bacon, he graduated from Yale University in 1909, and subsequently taught at University of California, Berkeley until his retirement in 1923. In 1923, he started publishing poetry in the Saturday Review of Literature under the pseudonym 'Autholycus'. He and his family lived in Florence, Italy from 1927 to 1932. He won the 1941 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his satiric poems Sunderland Capture. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1942.[1]


  • The Heroic Ballads of Servia (1913) (translated from Spanish)
  • Chanson de Roland (1914) (translated from French)
  • The Cid (1919) (translated from Spanish)
  • Sophia Trenton (1920)
  • Ulug beg (1923)
  • Ph.D.s (1925)
  • Animula Vagula (1926)
  • Guinea-fowl and other Poultry (1927)
  • Lost Buffalo, and other Poems (1930)
  • Sunderland Capture (1940) (winner of the Pulitzer Prize)
  • Day of Fire (1943)


  1. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 

External links

  • New York State Literary Tree: Leonard Bacon
  • Biographical Notes, Leonard Bacon
  • Hervey Allen Papers, 1831-1965, SC.1952.01, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh
  • Works by Leonard Bacon at Project Gutenberg
  • Works by or about Leonard Bacon at Internet Archive

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