William Carlos Williams

Winner, 1950 National Book Awards
Finalist, National Book Awards 1963
Finalist, 1959 National Book Awards
Finalist, 1956 National Book Awards
Finalist, 1955 National Book Awards
Finalist, 1953 National Book Awards
Finalist, 1952 National Book Awards

William Carlos Williams (1883–1963), author of Paterson and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Pictures from Brueghel, is widely considered one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century.
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Selected Poems

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ISBN 9780811209588 New Directions /

Williams's poetry is characterized by formal freedom — inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman — coupled with an imagistic conciseness; like Pound, Williams believed that concrete details need no explanation, that ideas must be embodied in images. More about this book >

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The Build-Up

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ISBN 9780811202275 New Directions / Random House

The Build-up, Volume 3 of the Stecher Trilogy, picks up the thread ofWhite Mule and In the Money. Although all of the novels deal with the triumphant rise of an immigrant family in the early 1900s, the Build-up is more concerned with the overwhelming drive and ambition of Joe Stecher’s wife, Gurlie More about this book >

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Paterson

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ISBN 9780811202336 New Directions

Paterson is both a place—the New Jersey city in whom the person (the poet's own life) and the public (the history of the region) are combined. Originally four books (published individually between 1946 and 1951), the structure of Paterson (in Dr. Williams' words) "follows the course of the Passaic River" from above the great falls to its entrance into the sea. More about this book >

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Collected Earlier Poems

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ISBN 9780811204262 New Directions

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The Autobiography of William Carlos Williams

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ISBN 9780811202268 New Directions / Random House

The Autobiography is an unpretentious book; it reads much as Williams talked—spontaneously and often with a special kind of salty humor. But it is a very human story, glowing with warmth and sensitivity. More about this book >

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Paterson: Book III

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ISBN 9780811212984 New Directions / New Directions

Paterson is both a place—the New Jersey city in whom the person (the poet's own life) and the public (the history of the region) are combined. Originally four books (published individually between 1946 and 1951), the structure of Paterson (in Dr. Williams' words) "follows the course of the Passaic River" from above the great falls to its entrance into the sea. More about this book >

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William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams (1883–1963), author of Paterson and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Pictures from Brueghel, is widely considered one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. Also a short-story writer, novelist, essayist, and translator, he helped in a big way to establish modernism in America.

Williams is the only poet to win a National Book Award for two books in the same year.

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