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Richard Howard (b. 13 October 1929) is a distinguished American poet, literary critic, essayist, teacher, and translator, known for his translation of works such as The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre.



He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and is a graduate of Columbia University. He lives in New York City.

After reading French letters at the Sorbonne in 1952-53, Howard had a brief early career as a lexicographer. He soon turned his attention to poetry and poetic criticism, and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his 1969 collection Untitled Subjects, which took for its subject dramatic imagined letters and monologues of 19th century historical figures. For much of his career, Howard has written poems using a quantitative verse technique.

He was awarded the PEN Translation Prize in 1976 for his translation of E. M. Cioran's A Short History of Decay and the American Book Award for his 1983 translation of Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal. Howard was a long-time poetry editor of The Paris Review and is currently poetry editor of The Western Humanities Review. A former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, he is Professor of Practice in the writing program at Columbia's School of the Arts.



  • Quantities (1962)
  • Damages (1967)
  • Untitled Subjects (1969)
  • Findings 1971
  • Two-Part Inventions (1974)
  • Fellow Feelings (1976)
  • Misgivings (1979)
  • Lining Up (1984)
  • No Traveller (1989)
  • Selected Poems (1991)
  • Like Most Revelations (1994)
  • Trappings (1999)
  • Talking Cures (2002)
  • Inner Voices (selected poems), 2004
  • The Silent Treatment (2005)

Critical Essays

  • Alone With America: Essays on the Art of Poetry in the United States Since 1950 (1969)
  • Preferences: 51 American Poets Choose Poems From Their Own Work and From the Past (1974)
  • Travel Writing of Henry James (essay) (1994)
  • Paper Trail: Selected Prose 1965-2003 (2004)

Major Translations (French to English)

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