Irving Feldman

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Irving Feldman (born 22 September 1928 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American poet and professor of English.

Academic career[edit]

Born and raised in Coney Island, Brooklyn, Feldman worked as a merchant seaman, farm hand, and factory worker through his university education.[1] After an undergraduate education at the City College of New York (B.A., 1950), Feldman completed his Master of Arts degree at Columbia University in 1953.[1] His first academic appointments were at the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Lyon in France. Returning to the continental United States in 1958, he taught at Kenyon College until 1964, when he was appointed professor of English at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, where he was eventually appointed Distinguished Professor of English; he retired from teaching in 2004. In 1992 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.[2]

Published works[edit]

  • Works and Days (1961)
  • The Pripet Marshes (1965)
  • Magic Papers (1970)
  • Lost Originals (1972)
  • Leaping Clear (1976)
  • New and Selected Poems (1979)
  • Teach Me, Dear Sister (1983)
  • All of Us Here (1986)
  • The Life and Letters (1994)
  • Beautiful False Things: Poems (2000)
  • Collected Poems, 1954-2004 (2004)


  1. ^ a b Wheatcroft, John (March 1991). Our other voices: Nine poets speaking. Bucknell University Press. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-8387-5196-1. 
  2. ^ "MacArthur Fellows - July 1992". John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 12 February 2011.