Edwin Honig

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Edwin Honig
Born(1919-09-03)September 3, 1919
DiedMay 25, 2011(2011-05-25) (aged 91)
OccupationAuthor, professor
Known forPoetry, translations

Edwin Honig (September 3, 1919 – May 25, 2011)[1] was an American poet, playwright, and translator.


Honig was born in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1941 and, after Army service in Europe during World War II, a master’s in English from Wisconsin.[2] He published ten books of poetry, eight books of translation, five books of criticism and fiction, three books of plays.

He taught at Harvard University and Brown University, where he started the Graduate Writing Program, and was Emeritus Professor. He was on the Advisory Board of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation.[3]

His work appeared in AGNI and Nedge magazines.[4][5]

Professor Honig’s first wife, Charlotte, died in the early 1960s. His second marriage, to Margot Dennes, ended in divorce in the early 1980s.

Following an illness, cited by a family friend as complications from Alzheimer's disease, Honig died on May 25, 2011.[6] Professor Honig's survivors include his sister, Lila Putnam, and his two adopted sons from his marriage to Ms. Dennes, Daniel (born 1965) and Jeremy (born 1967).[2]

In 2012, filmmaker Alan Berliner completed a documentary feature film about Honig and Honig's loss of memory due to Alzheimer's titled, First Cousin Once Removed. Berliner's mother was Honig's first cousin. The film premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 9.[7]



  • "Pacific Grove; Pinch-hitting; To Infinite Eternity; Turning Eighty; Up Sooner Than That; Elsewhere; On Moving On; Fountain". JACKET (16). March 2002.


  • The Moral Circus. Baltimore, MD: Contemporary Poetry. 1955.
  • The Gazabos: Forty-one Poems. New York, NY: Clarke & Way. 1959.
  • Survivals. New York, NY: October House. 1965.
  • Spring Journal. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press. 1968. ISBN 978-0-8195-2041-8.
  • Four Springs. Chicago, IL: Swallow Press. 1972.
  • Shake a Spear with Me, John Berryman: New Poems and a Play. Providence, RI: Copper Beech Press. 1974. ISBN 978-0-914278-02-3.
  • At Sixes. Providence, RI: Burning Deck Press. 1974.
  • Selected Poems, 1955-1976. Montrose, AL: Texas Center for Writers. 1979. ISBN 0-916092-08-9.
  • Gifts of Light. Isla Vista, CA: Turkey Press. 1983. ISBN 978-0-918824-42-4.
  • Interrupted Praise: New/Selected Poems. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press. 1983. ISBN 978-0-8108-1564-3.
  • The Imminence of Love: Poems 1962-1992. 1993: Texas Center for Writers. ISBN 978-0-916092-16-0.
  • Time and Again: Poems, 1940-1997. Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris. 2000. ISBN 978-0-7388-9520-8.


  • The Widow (verse play), first produced in San Francisco, CA, 1953.
  • Calisto and Melibea (libretto; first produced in Davis, CA, 1979), Hellcoal Press (Providence, RI), 1972.
  • Ends of the World and Other Plays. Providence, RI: Copper Beech Press. 1983. ISBN 0-914278-36-3.




  1. ^ Margalit Fox (June 4, 2011). "Edwin Honig, a Poet, Professor and Translator, Dies at 91". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b Fox, Margalit (June 4, 2011). "Edwin Honig, a Poet, Professor and Translator, Dies at 91". The New York Times. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Isherwoodfoundation.org
  4. ^ Bu.edu
  5. ^ Bu.edu
  6. ^ Joris, Pierre (June 5, 2011). "Edwin Honig (1919–2011)". Nomadics. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
  7. ^ Filmlinc.com
  8. ^ Epoetry.org

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