Henry S. Taylor

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Henry Splawn Taylor (born June 21, 1942) is an American poet, author of more than 15 books of poems and winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Taylor was born in Lincoln, Virginia, in rural Loudoun County, where he was raised as a Quaker.[1] He went to high school at George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1965 and received his M.A. from Hollins University (formerly Hollins College) in 1966.

He taught literature and co-directed the MFA program in creative writing at American University from 1971–2003.

Taylor won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1986 for his book The Flying Change.


  • Crooked Run, Louisiana State University Press, 2006. ISBN 978-0-8071-3125-1
  • Brief Candles: 101 Clerihews, Louisiana State University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-8071-2564-9
  • Electra (a verse translation of Sophocles’ play in Sophocles I), University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998. ISBN 978-0-8122-1653-0
  • Understanding Fiction: Poems, 1986–1996, Louisiana State University Press, 1996. ISBN 978-0-8071-2111-5
  • Curculio (a translation of the play by Titus Maccius Plautus in Plautus: The Comedies, Volume 1), Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-5070-7
  • Compulsory Figures: Essays on Recent American Poets, Louisiana State University Press, 1992. ISBN 978-0-8071-1755-2
  • The Flying Change, Louisiana State University Press, 1986. ISBN 978-0-8071-1263-2
  • The Children of Herakles, Oxford University Press, 1982. ISBN 978-0-19-507288-4
  • The Water of Light: A Miscellany in Honor of Brewster Ghiselen, University of Utah Press, 1976. ISBN 0-87480-105-2
  • An Afternoon of Pocket Billiards, University of Utah Press, 1975. ISBN 0-87480-098-6
  • Poetry: Points of Departure, Winthrop, 1974. ISBN 978-0-87626-678-6
  • Breakings, Solo Press, 1969.
  • The Girl in the Black Raincoat, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1966. ASIN B000FREQKI
  • The Horse Show at Midnight and An Afternoon of Pocket Billiards, Louisiana State University Press, 1965. ISBN 978-0-8071-1763-7


  1. "Henry Taylor (1942– )". Daniel Cross Turner. Encyclopedia Virginia (encyclopediavirginia.org). Retrieved 23 October 2011.

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