Horace Gregory

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Horace Gregory (April 10, 1898 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – March 11, 1982 in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts) was a prize-winning American poet, translator of classic poetry, literary critic and college professor.


A graduate of the University of Wisconsin in 1923, he was the author of eight books of poems, and a memoir in 1971. He married poet and editor Marya Zaturenska (1902–1982), in 1925.[1] Her two children were Patrick and Joanna Gregory.[citation needed]

His collected essays were published in 1973. He also wrote book reviews that were published in the New York Times,.[2] His work appeared in The New Yorker,[3] Contemporary Poetry,[4] The Wisconsin literary magazine,[5] and Poetry Magazine.[6]

His poetry is known for its dramatic structure and deep insights into contemporary life's harshness.[citation needed]

Gregory was a professor of English at Sarah Lawrence College, from 1934 to 1960.[7]

He and Marya Zaturenska attended a 1948 reception at the Gotham Book Mart for Edith Sitwell.[8] During the end of his life, Gregory and his wife were residents of Palisades, Rockland County, New York.[citation needed]

His papers are at Syracuse University.[9]




  • Chelsea rooming house: poems. Covici, Friede. 1930. 
  • No Retreat, 1933
  • Chorus for Survival, 1935
  • Fortune for Mirabel, 1941
  • Poems, 1930-1940. Harcourt, Brace and Company. 1941. 
  • A Door in the Desert, 1951
  • Medusa in Gramercy Park: poems. Macmillan. 1961. 
  • Another look: poems. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 1976. ISBN 978-0-03-015396-9. 


  • Pilgrim of the Apocalypse: a critical study of D.H. Lawrence. The Viking Press. 1933. 
  • The shield of Achilles: essays on beliefs in poetry. Harcourt, Brace. 1944. 
  • A History of American Poetry, 1900-1940. Harcourt, Brace and company. 1947. 
  • Amy Lowell: portrait of the poet in her time. T. Nelson. 1958. 
  • The world of James McNeill Whistler. Nelson. 1959. 
  • The dying gladiators, and other essays. Grove Press. 1961.