John Frederick Nims

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John Frederick Nims (November 20, 1913 Muskegon, Michigan – January 13, 1999 in Chicago, Illinois) was an American poet and academic.


He graduated from DePaul University, University of Notre Dame with an M.A., and from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D. in 1945. He published reviews of the works by Robert Lowell and W. S. Merwin. He taught English at Harvard University, the University of Florence, the University of Toronto, Williams College, University of Missouri, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He was editor of Poetry magazine from 1978 to 1984.[1]

The John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize, for poetry translation, is awarded by the Poetry Foundation.[2]





  • Euripides: Four Tragedies (1958)
  • Sappho to Valery: Poems in Translation (1971)
  • Saint John of the Cross (1979). Poems of St. John of the Cross. Translator John Frederick Nims. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-40110-2. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry (1983)
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti (1998). The complete poems of Michelangelo. Translator John Frederick Nims. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-08033-8. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>




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