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Name: Lowenfels, Walter (1897-1976)


Historical Note:

Walter Lowenfels was born in New York City in 1897, and lived for extended periods in Europe.  He was one of the expatriate poets of the 20s and 30s and has been described by fellow poets and critics as one of the best of their generation.  On his return to the United States, he became editor of the Pennsylvania edition of the Daily Worker and gave up poetry.  In the mid-50s, he was arrested for advocating the overthrow of the government and later released for lack of evidence.  He then resumed his career as a poet.

Among his awards for literary achievement was the Richard Aldington Award for American Poets, shared with E.E. Cummings in 1930, the Mainstream Award in 1954, and the Longview Foundation Award in 1959. He died in 1976.






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