Discipline: Literature

Horace Gregory

Discipline: Literature
Region: NEW YORK
MacDowell Fellowships: 1940, 1941

Horace Gregory (1898-1982) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was a prize-winning American poet, translator of classic poetry, literary critic and college professor. He was awarded the Bollingen Prize in 1965. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin in 1923, he was the author of eight books of poems. He translated poems by the Roman poets Catullus and Ovid, and wrote biographies of Whistler and Amy Lowell. In 1925, he married poet, editor, and, later, MacDowell Fellow Marya Zaturenska (Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, 1938; 1902–1982). They had two children: Patrick Bolten Gregory and Joanna Elizabeth Zeigler née Gregory.

His collected essays, Spirit of Time and Place, were published in 1973. He wrote book reviews that were published in the New York Times. His work appeared in The New Yorker, Contemporary Poetry, The Wisconsin Literary Magazine, and Poetry Magazine.

Gregory was a professor of English at Sarah Lawrence College for 26 years, from 1934 to 1960, when he became Professor Emeritus.

He and Marya Zaturenska attended a 1948 reception at the Gotham Book Mart for Edith Sitwell. During the end of his life, Gregory and his wife were residents of Palisades, Rockland County, New York. His papers are at Syracuse University.