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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Karl Jay Shapiro  

Pen Name: Karl Shapiro

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1913 in Baltimore, Maryland

Died: May 14, 2000

-- Karl Jay Shapiro on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

English Professor, UIC, 1966-68, and was Editor for Poetry, Chicago, Illinois, 1956-66.

Biographical and Professional Information

Shapiro was a poet, editor of poetry, scholar and teacher. He was appointed the fifth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1946.Shapiro's last work, ''Coda: Last Poems'', was published in a collected volume post-mortem by editor Robert Phillips in 2008. The poems, divided into three sections according to love poems to his last wife, poems concerning roses, and other various poems, were discovered in the drawers of Shapiro's desk by his wife two years after his death.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Essay on Rime 2ND Edition


Trial of a Poet and Other Poems
ISBN: B0017XW14M

Reynal & Hitchcock. 1947

Gently used hardcover, no dust jacket. Published by Reynal & Hitchcock, 1947

Poems of a Jew
ISBN: 0394404122

Random House. 1958

First edition. Baltimore-born author. Dust jacket with several nicks and missing a small piece at the top of the rear panel. xi, iii , 70, 4 pages. cloth, dust jacket.. 8vo..

The Bourgeois Poet

Random House,. 1964

Selected poems

Random House. 1968

In this new selection, master literary craftsman John Updike provides a long-overdue reassessment of Karl Shapiro, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who has become one of the defining figures of the postwar period.

Adult Book Store: Poems.

Random House. 1976

Love & War Art & God
ISBN: 0913773107

Stuart Wright. 1984

Adam & Eve (The Bucknell University fine editions)

Bucknell University, Press of Appletree Alley. 1986

New & Selected Poems, 1940-1986
ISBN: 0226750337

Univ of Chicago Pr. 1987

The Wild Card: Selected Poems, Early and Late
ISBN: 0252023897

University of Illinois Press. 1998

Karl Shapiro, who won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1945, is an American poetic treasure and an acknowledged master of lyrical poetry whose subjects have ranged from commonplace objects and occurrences to biting political commentary to open celebrations of the contradictions in humanity's moral nature. As his subjects have evolved, so has his style, developing and modulating into various forms, but always with an essential lyricism. To read Shapiro's work as it unfolds in The Wild Card will be to grasp the depth and breadth of a great poet's career and the many sides of his nature.

Coda: Last Poems
ISBN: 1933896213

Texas Review Press. 2008

The existence of these poems only came about after Shapiro's wife found them in his desk two years after his death. They were in a handwritten notebook and in typescript. Only two of the poems in this final volume of his work have been published.