Anthony Hecht was born in New York City in 1923. He is the author of eight poetry collections, including A Summoning of Stones (1954), The Hard Hours (1967), and Collected Later Poems (2005). Hecht is also renowned for his criticism, most notably Melodies Unheard: Essays on the Mysteries of Poetry (2003). He has received fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the Loines Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award from the Poetry Foundation, and the Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America. In addition, he was the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress for two years and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He taught at the University of Rochester from 1967-1985, as well as Smith and Bard Colleges and Harvard, Georgetown, and Yale Universities. Anthony Hecht died in 2004.
Audio Recordings of Anthony Hecht
- As part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, Anthony Hecht reading his poems in the Recording Laboratory on October 25, 1982.
- The pathetic fallacy Anthony Hecht delivering a lecture.