The Book That Changed My Life
Richard Wilbur won the 1957
National Book Award for Poetry for Things of this
World and was a Finalist for Translation in 1972
for Moliere's the School for Wives and again
in 1983 for Racine's Andromache.
When I was young, our family spent every Christmas season with my maternal grandparents in Baltimore, and every year I re-read the same three books - Lewis Carroll's two stories about Alice, and Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. From the last I learned, over and over, that plain colloquial language is capable of subtlety and can lift into the lyrical. I later learned the same lesson from the poems of Robert Frost. Since I was going to be a writer, those realizations can be said to have changed my life.
Good wishes to you,