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James Laughlin

James Laughlin was born in Pittsburgh in 1914 and as a twenty-two year old sophomore at Harvard University he founded New Directions, which published some of this century's greatest writers: Ezra Pound, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Henry Miller, Kenneth Rexroth, Gary Snyder, and many others. As a champion of literature in translation, New Directions published Boris Pasternak, Vladimir Nabokov, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, among others. Laughlin was awarded honorary degrees from Colgate University, Hamilton College, Duquesne University, Cornell (Iowa), Yale University, and Brown University. He received the American Academy and Institute Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts, the Annual PEN Publishers Citation, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He died in 1997.

   

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