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Archibald MacLeish


Archibald MacLeish was born on May 7, 1892, in Glencoe, Illinois. He was a poet, playwright, journalist, lawyer, and statesman. He served in various government positions including Assistant Secretary of State and was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to serve as Librarian of Congress, a position he held from 1939 to 1944. He won three Pulitzer Prizes for his writing.

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Modern American Poetry

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Academy of American Poets

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Poetry Foundation

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Archibald MacLeish Interview
Paris Review


Archibald MacLeish in Conway
[video; 26:01 mins.]

2012 Annual Tribute to Archibald MacLeish
[video; 59:32 mins.]

The Sprituality of Archibald MacLeish
Rev. Martin Woulfe [video; 23:41 mins.]

Library of Congress


[Ars Poetica]
[ rread by Tom O'Bedlam
] [read by Mark William Lindberg]
Ars Poetica-audio]

[Two Poems From the War ] [An Eternity]



Archibald MacLeish, Songs for a Summer's Day: (A Sonnet-Cycle)(New Haven: Yale University Press, 1915)

________________, The Happy Marriage and Other Poems (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1924)

________________, The Pot of Earth (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1925)

________________, Streets in the Moon (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1926)

________________, The Hamlet of A. MacLeish (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1928)

________________, Einstein (Paris: Black Sun Press, 1929)

________________, Interrogate the Stones (Pasadena, California: Ward Ritchie, 1929)

________________, New Found Land, Fourteen Poems (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1930)(printed in Paris by Black Sun Press)

________________, Conquistador (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1932)

________________, Before March (New York: A. A. Knopf, 1932)

________________, Poems, 1924-1933 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1933)

_______________, Frescoes for Mr. Rockefeller's City (New York: John Day Company, 1933)

________________, Poems (London: Boriswood, 1935)

_______________, Public Speech, Poems (New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1936)(London: Boriswood, 1936)

________________, Land of the Free (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1938)

________________, America Was Promises (New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1939)

________________, Poems (London: John Lane, 1943)

________________, Actfive, and Other Poems (New York: Random House, 1948)(London: Bodley Head, 1950)(Random House, 1967)

________________, Collected Poems 1917-1952 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1952)

________________, Songs for Eve (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954)

________________, The Collected Poems of Archibald MacLeish (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1962)

________________, The Wild Old Wicked Man, & Other Poems (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1968)

________________, The Human Season: Selected Poems, 1926-1972 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1972)

________________, New & Collected Poems, 1917-1976 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1976)

________________, Collected Poems, 1917-1982 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985)


R.H. Winnick (ed.), Letters of Archibald MacLeish, 1907 to 1982 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1983)

Conversations, Interviews, Reflections

Bernard A. Drabeck and Helen E. Ellis (eds.), Archibald MacLeish: Reflections (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1986)

Warren V. Bush (ed.), The Dialogues of Archibald MacLeish and Mark Van Doren (1964)

Bernard A. Drabeck & Helen E. Ellis (eds.), Archibald MacLeish: Reflections: (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1986)


Archibald MacLeish, Tower of Ivory (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1917) [online text]

________________, Nobodaddy: A Play (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Dunster House, 1926)

_______________, Panic: A Play in Verse (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1935)

_______________, The Fall of the City: A Verse Play for Radio (New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1937)

_______________, Air Raid, a Verse Play for Radio (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1938)

________________, The Trojan Horse: A Play (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1952)

________________, This Music Crept by Me Upon the Waters (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1953)(Roma [Italy]: Botteghe Oscure, 1953)

________________, J.B.: A Play in Verse (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1958)

________________, Herakles: A Play in Verse (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1967)

________________, An Evening's Journey to Conway, Massachusetts: An Outdoor Play (Northampton, Massachusetts: Printed at Gehenna Press, 1967)

________________, The Great American Fourth of July Parade: A Verse Play for Radio (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1975)

________________, Six Plays (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980)


Archibald MacLeish & E.F. Prichard, Jr. (eds.), Law and Politics: Occasional Papers of Felix Frankfurter, 1913-1938 (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1939)

Archibald MacLeish, The Irresponsibles: A Declaration (New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1940)

_______________, A Time to Speak: The Selected Prose of Archibald MacLeish (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941)

_______________, The American Cause (New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1941)

_______________, Prophets of Doom (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1941)

_______________, The Free Company presents The States Talking (New York: The Free Company, 1941)

________________, American Opinion and the War (New York: Macmillan Company, 1942)(The Rede lecture delivered at Cambridge University on 30 July 1942)

________________, A Time to Act: Selected Addresses (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1943)

________________, Freedom is the Right to Choose: An Inquiry into the Battle for the American Future (Boston: Beacon Press, 1951)

________________, Art Education and the Creative Process (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1954)

________________, The American Story: Ten Broadcasts (New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1944)(2nd ed., 1960)

________________, Poetry and Opinion: The Pisan Cantos of Ezra Pund, a Dialog on the Role of Poetry (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1950)

________________, The Alternative (New York: Roger N. Baldwin Civil Liberties Foundation, 1955)

________________, Poetry and Experience (Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1960)(Göttingen: Sachse & Pohl, 1960)(Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1961)(London: The Bodley Head, 1961)(Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1964)

________________, The Eleanor Roosevelt Story (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965)

________________, A Continuing Journey (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1968)(1967)(essays)

________________, The Great American Frustration (Stamford, Connecticut: Overbrook Press, 1968)

________________, Poetry and Journalism (Folcroft, Pennsylvania: Folcroft Press, 1969)

________________, Champion of a Cause: Essays and Addresses on Librarianship (Chicago: American Library Association, 1971)(compiled by Eva M. Goldschmidt)

________________, Riders on the Earth: Essays and Recollections (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1978)


Helen E. Ellis & Bernard A. Drabeck, Archibald MacLeish: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography (Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1995)

Scott Donaldson, Archibald MacLeish: An American Life (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992)

Signi Lenea Falk, Archibald MacLeish (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1966)(1965)

William H. MacLeish, Uphill With Archie: A Son's Journey (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001)

Arthur A. Mizener, Catalogue of the First Editions of Archibald MacLeish (New Haven: Yale University Library, 1938)

Leota H. Moller, "The Wide World of Archibald MacLeish: A Study of Poetics and Politics in Selected Writings," Master's Dissertation, Wayne state College, 1964

Edward J. Mullaly, Archibald MacLeish: A Checklist (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1973)

Grover Smith, Archibald MacLeish (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1971) [online text]

Bibliography: Articles

Lauriat Lane, Jr., The Publication History of MacLeish's Longer Poems (in Notes), 61 (2) American Literature 273-278 (1989)

Eleanor M. Sickels, MacLeish and the Fortunate Fall, 35 (2) American Literature 205 (1963)

______________, Archibald MacLeish and American Democracy, 15 (3) American Literature 223 (1943)

Michael Stanford, The Cyclopean Eye, The Courtly Game, Admissions Against Interest: Five Modern American Lawyer Poets, 30 Legal Studies Forum 9 (2006) [online text]

Research Resources

Rachel Galvin, "Conversing With the World: The Poet in Society" [online text]