Over the course of his distinguished sixty-year career, Richard Wilbur has written numerous collections of poetry, five children's books, and several works of prose and translation. This "handsome and in every sense weighty volume", as the critic William Pritchard called it, presents a comprehensive collection of Wilbur's work, including complete texts of Mayflies (2000), New and Collected Poems (1987), The Mind-Reader (1976), Walking to Sleep (1969), Advice to a Prophet (1961), Things of This World (1956), Ceremony (1950), and The Beautiful Changes (1947). To these have been added thirteen poems written since Mayflies original appearance, some of Wilbur's show lyrics, and his Poems for Children and Others: 'Opposites', 'More Opposites', 'A Few Differences', 'The Disappearing Alphabet' and 'The Pig in the Spigot'.
As well as containing an introduction by the author, the UK edition of the Collected Poems comes complete with an index of Titles and First Lines. In addition there are more than 60 black and white line drawings by the author.
"No other twentieth-century American poet, with the possible exception of James Merrill, demonstrates such a Mozartean felicity in the writing of verse..."
Adam Kirsch, New Yorker
Richard Wilbur was born in New York City in 1921, and is one of the most accomplished poets of our time. Among his many honours are the National Book Award, two Pulitzer Prizes, the Wallace Stevens Award, the Frost Medal, the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bollingen Prize, and the T. S. Eliot Award. He was elected a chevalier of the Ordre des Palmes Academiques and is a former Poet Laureate of the United States. A Chancellor Emeritus of The Academy of American Poets, he lives in Cummington, Massachusetts, and in Key West, Florida.