David McCord

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David Thompson Watson McCord (December 15, 1897 New York - April 13, 1997) was an American poet and college fundraiser.

Life[edit]

He grew up in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Harvard University. His work appeared in Harper's.[1]

He was executive director of the Harvard College Fund, raising millions of dollars.[2]

Awards[edit]

  • Golden Rose Award
  • 1954 Guggenheim Fellow[3]
  • 1961 National Institute of Arts and Letters grant
  • 1977, the first national award for Excellence in Poetry for Children from the National Council of Teachers of English
  • Rudyard Kipling Fellow at Marlboro College in Vermont
  • Benjamin Franklin Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts in London

Two collections of poems, The Star in the Pail and One at a Time were 1976 and 1978 finalists for the National Book Award, Children's Literature.[4]

Poem[edit]

On Halloween, what bothers some
About these witches, is how come
In sailing, through the air, like bats
They never seem, to lose their hats?[5]

Works[edit]

Poetry[edit]

  • Oddly Enough. Washburn & Thomas. 1926. 
  • Far and few: rhymes of the never was and always is. Illustrator Henry B Kane. Little, Brown. 1952. ISBN 978-0-316-55502-9. 
  • An Acre for Education. Crimson Printing Co. 1954. 
  • Take Sky. Little Brown & Company. 1962. ISBN 978-0-316-55509-8. 
  • About Boston: sight, sound, flavor & inflection, Doubleday, 1948
  • All Day Long. Bantam Books. 1971. ISBN 978-0-440-40376-0. 
  • The Star in the Pail. Little, Brown and Company. 1975. ISBN 0-316-55515-0. [4]
  • One At A Time. Little, Brown and Company. 1977. [4]
  • Dinosaurs. Educational Development Corporation. 1977. ISBN 978-0-88110-119-5. 

Essays[edit]

Editor[edit]

  • David Thompson Watson McCord, ed. (1955). What cheer: an anthology of American and British humorous and witty verse, gathered, sifted, and salted, with an introduction. Modern Library. 

Anthologies[edit]

  • Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1936). Modern American poetry: a critical anthology. Harcourt, Brace and company. 
  • David Lehman, John Brehm, ed. (2006). The Oxford book of American poetry. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-516251-6. 

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