The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 
Dr Charles Olson

Dr Charles Olson

Birth
Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 10 Jan 1970 (aged 59)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 11700970 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Author, Poet. He was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was educated at Wesleyan University and Harvard, where he studied American civilization. During the Second World War, he worked for the Democratic Party and for the Office of War information as assistant chief of the Foreign Language Division. His first 2 books, "Call Me Ishmael" (1947), a study of Mellville's "Moby-Dick," and "The Mayan Letters" (1953), written to Robert Creeley from Mexico where he was studying Mayan hieroglyphics. His influential manifesto, "Projective Verse," was published in pamphlet form in 1950 and then quoted in William Carlos Willams's "Autobiography" (1951). He had started writing poetry including "The Kingfishers," "In Cold Hell," and "Thicket" (1953). "The Distances" was his second collection published in 1960. In 1951, he succeeded the artist Josef Albers as rector of Black Mountain College, North Carolina, and remained there until it closed in 1956. He taught again at the State University of New York, Buffalo (1963-1965) but settled in Gloucester, Massachusetts, devoted most of his time and energy in subsequent years to "The Maximus Poems" which begun in 1950 as a sequence of verse letters to his friend Vincent Ferrini. The first volume of "The Maximus Poems" (1960) was published in 1960 followed by the second volume, "The Maximus Poems, IV, V, VI" in 1968. The unfinished final volume, "The Maximus Poems, Volume III" was published in 1975 after his death.

Bio by: Genet


Family Members


Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

How famous was Dr Charles Olson?

Current rating:

18 votes

Sign-in to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Genet
  • Added: 7 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11700970
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Charles Olson (27 Dec 1910–10 Jan 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11700970, citing Beechbrook Cemetery, Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .