John Ashbery


Born
in Rochester, New York
July 28, 1927

Died
September 03, 2017

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John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He earned degrees from Harvard and Columbia, and he traveled as a Fulbright Scholar to France in 1955. Best known as a poet, he has published more than twenty collections, most recently A Worldly Country (Ecco, 2007). His Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (Viking, 1975) won the three major American prizes: the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and an early book, Some Trees, was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series. He has served as executive editor of Art News and as the art critic for New York magazine and Newsweek. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he serv ...more

Average rating: 4.06 · 15,724 ratings · 1,049 reviews · 168 distinct worksSimilar authors
Self-Portrait in a Convex M...

4.09 avg rating — 3,632 ratings — published 1975 — 13 editions
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Selected Poems

4.19 avg rating — 1,219 ratings — published 1967 — 8 editions
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The Tennis Court Oath

4.08 avg rating — 497 ratings — published 1962 — 5 editions
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Some Trees

4.17 avg rating — 347 ratings — published 1956 — 13 editions
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Houseboat Days

4.24 avg rating — 335 ratings — published 1977 — 10 editions
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The Mooring of Starting Out

4.34 avg rating — 319 ratings — published 1997 — 3 editions
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Girls on the Run

3.90 avg rating — 323 ratings — published 1999 — 9 editions
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Where Shall I Wander

3.80 avg rating — 311 ratings — published 2005 — 6 editions
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Three Poems

4.44 avg rating — 292 ratings — published 1972 — 12 editions
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Rivers and Mountains

4.20 avg rating — 232 ratings — published 1966 — 8 editions
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More books by John Ashbery…
“Somewhere someone is traveling furiously toward you,
At incredible speed, traveling day and night,
Through blizzards and desert heat, across torrents,
through narrow passes.
But will he know where to find you,
Recognize you when he sees you,
Give you the thing he has for you?”
John Ashbery

“Most reckless things are beautiful in some way, and recklessness is what makes experimental art beautiful, just as religions are beautiful because of the strong possibilities that they are founded on nothing.”
John Ashbery

“The summer demands and takes away too much. /But night, the reserved, the reticent, gives more than it takes”
John Ashbery, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

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