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Louis Untermeyer (1885–1977)

Autor(a) de The Golden Treasury of Poetry

178+ Works 5,123 Membros 57 Críticas 3 Favorited

About the Author

Louis Untermeyer was born in 1885 in New York City. He was a poet, anthologist, and editor. Untermeyer was known for his wit and his love of puns. For a while, he held Marxist beliefs, writing for magazines such as The Masses. He advocated that the U.S. should stay out of World War 1. After the mostrar mais suppression of that magazine by the U.S. government, he joined The Liberator, published by the Workers Party of America. Later he wrote for the independent socialist magazine The New Masses. He was a co-founder of "The Seven Arts," a poetry magazine that is credited for introducing many new poets, including Robert Frost. In 1950, Untermeyer was a panelist during the first year of the What's My Line? television quiz program. According to Bennett Cerf, Untermeyer would sign virtually any piece of paper that someone placed in front of him, and Untermeyer inadvertently signed a few Communist proclamations. He was named during the hearings by the House Committee on Un-American Activities investigating communist subversion. At that point, the producers told Untermeyer that he had to leave the television series. The controversy surrounding Untermeyer led to him being blacklisted by the television industry. Louis Untermeyer was the author or editor of close to 100 books, from 1911 until his death in 1977. Many of his books and his other memorabilia are preserved in a special section of the Lilly Library at Indiana University. Schools used his Modern American and British poetry books widely, and they often introduced college students to poetry. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: English: American writer, poet, literary critic, and editor Louis Untermeyer (1885-1977)


Obras por Louis Untermeyer

The Golden Treasury of Poetry (1959) — Editor — 584 exemplares
New Enlarged Pocket Anthology of Robert Frost's Poems (1971) — Editor — 454 exemplares
A Treasury of Great Poems (1942) — Editor — 395 exemplares
Modern American and Modern British Poetry (1919) — Editor — 309 exemplares
Treasury of Favorite Poems (1932) — Editor — 214 exemplares
The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature Set (1961) — Editor; Contribuidor — 212 exemplares
A Concise treasury of great poems (1953) — Editor — 186 exemplares
Modern American Poetry (1919) — Editor — 177 exemplares
Albatross Book of Verse (1933) — Editor — 120 exemplares
Modern British Poetry (1920) — Editor — 105 exemplares
Story Poems: An Anthology of Narrative Verse (1957) — Editor — 105 exemplares
This Singing World (1923) 95 exemplares
Æsop's Fables (A Giant Golden Book) (1958) — Editor — 74 exemplares
Love Sonnets (1964) — Editor — 62 exemplares
Collins Albatross Book of Verse (1960) — Editor — 55 exemplares
Tales from the Ballet (1968) 50 exemplares
A Treasury of Ribaldry (1956) — Editor — 48 exemplares
Lots of limericks: light, lusty, and lasting (1961) — Editor — 47 exemplares
For You With Love (1961) 39 exemplares
The Forms of Poetry (1926) 38 exemplares
The second Christmas (1961) 37 exemplares
The Magic Circle: Stories and People in Poetry (1952) — Editor — 33 exemplares
Plants of the Bible (1970) 30 exemplares
Rainbow in the Sky (1963) 30 exemplares
Poems: Selections from the Golden Treasury of Poetry (1959) — Editor — 29 exemplares
Doorways to Poetry (1938) 28 exemplares
The Pocket Book of Story Poems (1945) — Editor — 25 exemplares
Pan Book of Limericks (1961) — Editor — 25 exemplares
The Pursuit of Poetry (1969) 25 exemplares
The Pocket Book of American Poems (1948) 23 exemplares
Love Lyrics (1965) — Editor — 22 exemplares
Stars to Steer By (1941) 21 exemplares
American Poetry, 1922 A Miscellany (2007) — Editor — 19 exemplares
Big and Little Creatures (1961) 15 exemplares
Cat O' Nine Tales (1971) 12 exemplares
Heinrich Heine: Paradox and poet (1937) 11 exemplares
The Paths of Poetry (1966) 11 exemplares
Robert Frost: a backward look (1964) 11 exemplares
A Galaxy of Verse (1978) 10 exemplares
Long feud, selected poems (1962) 9 exemplares
You, a poem by Louis Untermeyer (1969) 8 exemplares
The lowest form of wit (1947) 8 exemplares
The Kitten Who Barked (1962) 8 exemplares
One and one and one (1962) 7 exemplares
Moses, a novel (1958) 6 exemplares
The Pocket Treasury (1947) 6 exemplares
Pour Toi (1968) 5 exemplares
Labyrinth of Love (1901) 5 exemplares
Heavens (2008) 5 exemplares
This is your day,: A poem (1964) 5 exemplares
The book of noble thoughts (1946) 4 exemplares
Challenge (2011) 4 exemplares
Rainbow in the Sky (1935) 4 exemplares
Including Horace (1919) 4 exemplares
The New Adam 3 exemplares
American Poetry Since 1900 (1977) 3 exemplares
Burning Bush. (1928) 3 exemplares
More Poems 3 exemplares
Wordsworth to Dylan Thomas (1988) 2 exemplares
The donkey of God (1999) 2 exemplares
Grimm's Fairy Tales Vol I (1962) 2 exemplares
Roses 2 exemplares
The Best Humor of 1949-1950. (1950) 2 exemplares
"---and Other Poets," 2 exemplares
Roast Leviathan (1975) 2 exemplares
The Dog of Pompeii 2 exemplares
The New Era in American Poetry (1901) 2 exemplares
The Best Humor Annual (1952) 2 exemplares
TheseTimes (1917) 2 exemplares
Collected parodies 2 exemplares
American Poems 1 exemplar
Chip: My Life and Times (1933) 1 exemplar
Your lucky stars 1 exemplar
Words of Wisdom 1 exemplar
Barchester Towers 1 exemplar
�sop's fables 1 exemplar
Adirondack Cycle (1929) 1 exemplar
Grimm's Fairy Tales Vol II (1962) 1 exemplar
Food and drink 1 exemplar
THANKS, A Poem (1965) 1 exemplar
Lift Up Your Heart 1 exemplar
The Worlds Great Stories (1968) 1 exemplar
Westwind Songs 1 exemplar
The Magic Circle 1 exemplar
The Heart 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Canterbury Tales (1380) — Introdução, algumas edições22,152 exemplares
Cyrano de Bergerac (1897) — Tradutor, algumas edições7,482 exemplares
The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (1120) — Editor, algumas edições; Editor, algumas edições5,224 exemplares
A High Wind in Jamaica (1929) — Introdução, algumas edições2,156 exemplares
The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe (Signet Classics) (1943) — Editor, algumas edições1,706 exemplares
Grimm's Fairy Tales (1812) — Editor, algumas edições1,641 exemplares
Robert Frost's Poems (1970) — Editor — 1,291 exemplares
Epodes and Odes (0030) — Editor, algumas edições975 exemplares
Poems (1957) — Editor, algumas edições946 exemplares
The Complete Works of Horace (1901) — Tradutor, algumas edições825 exemplares
Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1890) — Editor, algumas edições596 exemplares
The Pocket Book of Ogden Nash (1943) — Introdução, algumas edições504 exemplares
A Pocket Book of Robert Frost's Poems (1946) — Introduction and Commentary — 293 exemplares
The Love Poems of Elizabeth And Robert Browning (1994) — Editor, algumas edições233 exemplares
Poems (1849) — Editor — 222 exemplares
Poems (1890) — Editor, algumas edições160 exemplares
The Fireside Book of Dog Stories (1943) — Contribuidor — 146 exemplares
A Comprehensive Anthology of American Poetry (1929) — Contribuidor — 130 exemplares
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Contribuidor — 116 exemplares
Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing (2006) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
A Golden Treasure of Jewish Literature (1937) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854) — Editor & Introduction, algumas edições68 exemplares
The Love Poems of Robert Herrick and John Donne (1948) — Editor, algumas edições46 exemplares
Poems of Emily Dickinson [ed. Untermeyer] (1952) — Editor — 36 exemplares
The Golden Book of Quotations (1964) — Prefácio — 20 exemplares
Poems of Heinrich Heine (1923) — Tradutor, algumas edições; Editor — 19 exemplares
The Poems of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1945) — Editor — 17 exemplares
Bawdy Songs and Backroom Ballads (1960) — Prefácio — 13 exemplares
The Poetry and Prose of Walt Whitman (1949) — Editor, algumas edições7 exemplares
Case-Record from a Sonnetorium (1951) — Prefácio — 6 exemplares
Focus (1970) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
A Cedar Box and Other Poems (1929) — Prefácio — 5 exemplares
War poems from the Yale review (1919) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
The Complete Household Tales of Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm (Volume II) — Editor, algumas edições4 exemplares
A Treasury of the Spoken Word (1949) — Introdução — 3 exemplares
McBride's Magazine, September 1915 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
The Golden Treasury of Ogden Nashery — Introdução, algumas edições1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
New York, New York, USA
Local de falecimento
Newtown, Connecticut, USA
left high school without graduating
Prémios e menções honrosas
U.S. Poet Laureate, 1961-1963
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature ∙ 1941)

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"Untermeyer ... continued to be active in campaigning for left-wing causes and as a result the FBI had been collecting a file of his activities. His name was also mentioned during the House of Un-American Activities Committee investigation into communist subversion. This was brought to the attention of the television industry and in 1951 Untermeyer was sacked from the television show and was blacklisted. Like many left-wing artists during this period, Untermeyer became a victim of McCarthyism.

"In his autobiography, Timebends - A Life (1987), Arthur Miller, explained how Untermeyer responded to this victimization: 'Louis went back to his apartment. Normally we ran into each other in the street once or twice a week or kept in touch every month or so, but I no longer saw him in the neighborhood or heard from him. Louis didn't leave his apartment for almost a year and a half. An overwhelming and paralyzing fear had risen him. More than a political fear, it was really that he had witnessed the tenuousness of human connection and it had left him in terror. He had always loved a lot and been loved, especially on the TV program where his quips were vastly appreciated, and suddenly, he had been thrown into the street, abolished.'"
Married four times, to Jean, Virginia, Esther, then Bryna.



My fifth grade students and I enjoyed a lively discussion about this touching story. Tito, a blind homeless boy living in Pompeii, experiences the famous eruption of 79 AD. Tito relies on Bimbo, his faithful dog/comerade, for survival. Our discussion ranged from the importance of the setting for this story, the relationship between Bimbo and Tito, faithfulness and sacrifice, as well as foreshadowing and prophesy within the story.
This book sparked interest in not only Mt. Vesuvius, but other active volcanoes in the world.… (mais)
Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
favorites of romance, humor, adventure
SrMaryLea | Aug 22, 2023 |
This was a thrift-store pickup, mainly due to the interesting period artwork within. The most important thing about it, I guess, would be if I found it at least somewhat funny or not. I may have chuckled once maybe twice in the reading. To be honest most of the humor is definitely dated (it is from 1946 after all). However, a lot of the humor is based on the premise that women talk a lot and are emotional, men are the opposite. One example being A Pair of Sexes by Franklin P. Adams. A man talks on the phone in Part I which is a single line of dialogue. In Part II it's a woman on the phone and goes on for almost two pages. Basically, a visual joke when looking at the text. The intended effect the author was probably hoping for was that the reader would stop partways into the female dialogue and chuckle not having to continue but seeing the length. The effect on me was simply a sigh and a little anger at the (long dead) author for wasting my precious time.
Another premise that is "of its time" is humor aimed at immigrant and Jewish stereotypes with only a couple of bits of actual racist humor rearing its ugly head. The n-word does show up once (its "less" potent variant shows up about twice elsewhere) but I cannot remember which story, I hit that word and just skipped the story (most of these things just blend together into an antiquated mush really). Note that most, maybe all, of the authors whose work appears in this collection were born in the 19th-century and long dead by the time this book was published.
There are extracts from other (better) books such as a section on Mark Twain with The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County reprinted in full with extracts from Tom Sawyer (Tom Whitewashes the Fence) and Roughing It. There is also a bit from Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris (The Wonderful Tar Baby Story) and multiple episodes drawn from other novels and longer pieces.
Despite these hurdles I did find a few stories that I enjoyed reading. These would be: The Obituary Poet by Max Adeler (here's where I laughed), The Elephant Cutlet by Ludwig Bemelmans, the poem To a Small Boy Standing on My Shoes While I Am Wearing Them by Ogden Nash, Butch Minds the Baby by Damon Runyon, Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer (hey it is a classic though I always picture Disney's cartoon while reading it), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber, and I did enjoy The Art of Insult Or, The Devastating Crusher section along with Edward Lear's Limericks and the More Limericks section.
Overall, it wasn't a bad buy for two bucks. There are a few bits of classic humor buried in here but overall it's stuff that has less aged badly rather than having been utterly left behind in the ashes of history. Even some of the daily life references were very alien to me. It also contains stories not just with the previously mentioned flaws but many are also very dialogue-heavy and written in very dense colloquialisms (Haw-haw, they speak funny, pfft) both of these things I hate with an overriding passion (I avoided the O.Henry section, besides I've read both the omnibus volumes of his work so I've paid my dues).
So, would I recommend this book to anybody? Not really. There's probably text from novels and other books that are hard or nearly impossible to find now and it suited my purpose for some light reading but the stuff I thought was a good read can be had elsewhere with more consistent quality in the text for the most part.
… (mais)
Ranjr | Jul 13, 2023 |
This was a treasured book of Ed’s. I had it rebound for him while I was at the Athenaeum.
Eurekas | 3 outras críticas | May 4, 2023 |



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