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

Academic career

Born and raised in Coney Island
Coney Island
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, Brooklyn, Feldman worked as a merchant seaman, farm hand, and factory worker through his university education. After an undergraduate education at the City College of New York
City College of New York
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 (B.A., 1950), Feldman completed his Master of Arts
Master of Arts (postgraduate)
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 degree at Columbia University
Columbia University
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 in 1953. His first academic appointments were at the University of Puerto Rico
University of Puerto Rico
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 and the University of Lyon
University of Lyon
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 in France. Returning to the continental United States in 1958, he taught at Kenyon College
Kenyon College
Kenyon College is a private liberal arts college in Gambier, Ohio, founded in 1824 by Bishop Philander Chase of The Episcopal Church, in parallel with the Bexley Hall seminary. It is the oldest private college in Ohio...

 until 1964, when he was appointed professor of English at the State University of New York, Buffalo, where he was eventually appointed Distinguished Professor of English; he retired from teaching in 2004. In 1992 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

Published works

  • 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)
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