MacArthur Fellows Program

John Hollander

Poet and Literary Critic | Class of 1990

Poet and Literary Critic
New Haven, Connecticut
61 at time of award
August 17, 2013
Published August 1, 1990

About John's Work

John Hollander is a poet, a scholar, and a literary critic who is interested in the relation of poetry to music and to visual art.

Hollander is the author of many books of poetry, including Types of Shape (1969; expanded edition 1991), Reflections on Espionage (1976, expanded edition 1999), Spectral Emanations: New and Selected Poems (1978), Powers of Thirteen: Poems (1983), In Time and Place (1986), Harp Lake (1988), Selected Poetry (1993), Tesserae and Other Poems (1993), Figurehead (1999), and Picture Window (2003), among many others.  He wrote a three-part work on poetics, Vision and Resonance: Two Senses of Poetic Form (1975, 1985), The Figure of Echo (1981), and Melodious Guile (1988), and his other critical works include The Untuning of the Sky (1961), The Gazer’s Spirit (1995), The Work of Poetry (1997), and The Poetry of Everyday Life (1998).  Co-editor of The Oxford Anthology of English Literature (1973; 1975), Hollander is the editor of Nineteenth-Century American Poetry (1993), Animal Poems (1994), Garden Poems (1996), and Committed to Memory (1996).


Hollander is the Sterling Professor Emeritus of English at Yale University.  He joined the Yale faculty as an instructor in 1959.

Hollander received an A.B. (1950) from Columbia College, an A.M. (1952) from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. (1959) from Indiana University. 

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