George Frederick Morgan

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George Frederick Morgan (April 25, 1922 – February 20, 2004[1]) was a poet, the co-founder (1947) and long-time editor (1948–1998) of the literary quarterly The Hudson Review[2] and an heir to a fortune built on soap.[3]

Morgan attended Princeton University, where he studied under Allen Tate. Morgan also translated poems from the French.



  • The Night Sky, Story Line Press
  • The One Abiding (2002)
  • Poems for Paula (1995), Story Line Press
  • Poems: New and Selected (1987), University of Illinois Press
  • Northbook (1982), University of Illinois Press
  • Poems of the Two Worlds (1977), University of Illinois Press


  • Lieberman, Laurence (1995). "William Stafford and Frederick Morgan: The Shocks Of Normality". Beyond the Muse of Memory: Essays on Contemporary American Poets. pp. 264ff. 

Personal life[edit]

Morgan was married to Paula Dietz, who in 1998 succeeded him as editor of The Hudson Review. Morgan later married Constance Canfield, with whom he had two sons. The Esquire article, "Seth Morgan's Last Ride" (February 1, 1991),[3] recounts the description by one of those sons, Seth Morgan, of his mother and childhood: Morgan stated Canfield was "an alcoholic beauty who drank herself to death in 1964", and he claimed that her coldness was to blame for his brother's suicide (by leaping to his death off the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge).[3] Morgan also believed that he inherited what he called his "addictive personality" from his alcoholic mother. He later said that he harbored intense bitterness towards women because of Canfield's treatment of him and his siblings, and he spent years "planning the strategic degradation of women".[4]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Homberger, Eric (March 2, 2004). "Frederick Morgan: Poet of the heart and founder of New York's Hudson Review". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ "Top 50 Literary Magazine". EWR. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Seth Morgan's Last Ride". Esquire. February 1, 1991. 
  4. ^ Seinfelt, Mark (1999). Final Drafts: Suicides of World-Famous Authors. Prometheus Books. p. 432. ISBN 1-615-92664-X. 

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