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Louise Bogan was a poet, critic and translator who commanded both the admiration of readers and the respect of her peers throughout her long career. Born in Livermore Falls, Maine in 1897 she was married at 19 and widowed with a young daughter before her 24th birthday. Bogan's formal education ended with one year of college, yet she was later to be the recipient of numerous grants, prizes, and honorary degrees. Among these awards were two Guggenheim Fellowships, a National Institute of Arts and Letters grant, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry (in 1955 for her Collected Poems). The Library of Congress Chair in Poetry, and honorary degrees from Western College for Women and Colby College. Bogan taught at the University of Washington, the University of Chicago, Brandeis University, and a number of other universities. In addition to writing six volumes of poetry and numerous books of criticism, Bogan was particularly involved with translating German literature and her last book was a translation of Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther and Novella (1971). Washington University's Louise Bogan Papers consist of editorial material toward volume one of her Goethe translations. It consists of galley proofs of sections of the book translated by Bogan and others. The proposed Goethe series was never completed but two selections from these papers, Young Werther and Elective Affinities, were published separately. Bogan has described this series of events in a letter included with the papers. ...

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