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Born in February 29, 1920 / Died in July 5, 1991 / United States / English


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  • The Melodramatists (novel), Random House (New York City), 1949.
  • Federigo: Or the Power of Love (novel), Little, Brown (Boston), 1954.
  • The Homecoming Game (novel), Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1957.
  • A Commodity of Dreams and Other Stories, Simon & Schuster, 1959.
  • (Editor and author of introduction) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Longfellow: Selected Poetry, Dell (New York, NY), 1959.
  • Poetry and Fiction: Essays, Rutgers University Press (New Brunswick, NJ), 1963.
  • Journal of the Fictive Life (autobiography), Rutgers University Press, 1965, reprinted with a new preface, University of Chicago Press (Chicago), 1981.
  • (Editor and contributor) Poets on Poetry, Basic Books (New York City), 1965.
  • (Editor) Marianne Moore, Poetry and Criticism, Adams House & Lowell House Printers, 1965.
  • Stories, Fables and Other Diversions, David R. Godine, 1971.
  • Reflexions on Poetry and Poetics, Rutgers University Press, 1972.
  • Figures of Thought: Speculations on the Meaning of Poetry and Other Essays, David R. Godine, 1978.
  • New and Selected Essays, with foreword by Kenneth Burke, Southern Illinois University Press (Carbondale), 1985.
  • The Oak in the Acorn: On Remembrance of Things Past and on Teaching Proust, Who Will Never Learn, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge), 1987.
  • A Howard Nemerov Reader, University of Missouri Press (Columbia), 1991.


  • The Image and the Law, Holt (New York, NY), 1947.
  • Guide to the Ruins, Random House, 1950.
  • The Salt Garden, Little, Brown, 1955.
  • Small Moment, Ward Ritchie Press, 1957.
  • Mirrors and Windows, University of Chicago Press, 1958.
  • New and Selected Poems, University of Chicago Press, 1960.
  • Endor: Drama in One Act (verse play; also see below), Abingdon (Nashville), 1961.
  • The Next Room of the Dream: Poems and Two Plays (includes the verse plays "Endor" and "Cain"), University of Chicago Press, 1962.
  • The Blue Swallows, University of Chicago Press, 1967.
  • A Sequence of Seven with a Drawing by Ron Slaughter, Tinker Press, 1967.
  • The Winter Lightning: Selected Poems, Rapp & Whiting, 1968.
  • The Painter Dreaming in the Scholar's House (limited edition), Phoenix Book Shop (New York, NY), 1968.
  • Gnomes and Occasions, University of Chicago Press, 1973.
  • The Western Approaches: Poems, 1973-75, University of Chicago Press, 1975.
  • The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov, University of Chicago Press, 1977.
  • Sentences, University of Chicago Press, 1980.
  • Inside the Onion, University of Chicago Press, 1984.
  • Trying Conclusions: New and Selected Poems, 1961-1991, University of Chicago Press, 1991.
  • The Selected Poems of Howard Nemerov, Swallow Press (Athens, OH), 2003.

Also author of War Stories: Poems about Long Ago and Now, 1987. Contributor of poems to numerous periodicals, including Harvard Advocate, Kenyon Review, Poetry, New Yorker, Nation and Polemic. CONTRIBUTOR

  • Hughes, Ted and Thom Gunn, editors, Five American Poets, Faber, 1963.
  • Grebstein, Sheldon Norman, editor, Perspectives in Contemporary Criticism, Harper, 1968.
  • Cheuse, A. and R. Koffler, editors, The Rarer Action: Essays in Honor of Francis Fergusson, Rutgers University Press, 1971.
  • Sugarman, Shirley, editor, Evolution of Consciousness: Studies in Polarity, Wesleyan University Press, 1976.
  • Edelstein, Arthur, editor, Images and Ideas in American Culture: The Functions of Criticism, Essays in Memory of Philip Rahv, Brandeis University Press, 1979.


  • "The Poetry of Howard Nemerov" (two audio cassettes), Jeffrey Norton, 1962.
  • "Howard Nemerov," Tapes for Readers, 1978.
  • "Howard Nemerov," Tapes for Readers, 1979.
  • (Contributor of introduction) "Surly Verses for the Holidays: From D. H. Lawrence to E. E. Cummings and Far Beyond," read by Reed Whittemore, Library of Congress, 1989.
  • "Science and Stories: A Lecture," Library of Congress, 1989.
  • "Language, Nonsense and Poetry," Library of Congress, 1989.
  • "Prosser Gifford Interviews Howard Nemerov," Library of Congress, 1990.
  • "The Poet and the Poem," Library of Congress, 1990.
  • "Howard Nemerov Reading from His Work," Library of Congress, 1990.
  • "The Junction on a Warm Afternoon" (musical score), music by William Bolcom, poem by Howard Nemerov, E. B. Marks, 1990.

Associate editor of Furioso, 1946-51. Contributor of essays, introductions or commentaries to several books. Contributor of essays, articles and reviews to literary journals, including Hudson Review, Poetry, Atlantic, Partisan Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Contributor of short fiction to Harvard Advocate, Story, Esquire, Carleton Miscellany, Reporter, and Virginia Quarterly Review.