Louis O. Coxe


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born in New Hampshire, after graduation from Princeton (1940) and naval service taught English at Lawrenceville, Harvard, Minnesota, and Bowdoin (1955–). His poetry has been collected in The Sea Faring (1947), The Second Man (1955), The Wilderness (1958), The Last Hero (1965), and Nikal Seyn and Decoration Day (1966), whose sense of tradition, lofty subjects, and disciplined craftsmanship may be reasons why he has called himself “the first neo-Victorian.” The Middle Passage (1960) is a book-length blank-verse narrative poem on the depravity of the slave trade. With Princeton classmate Robert H. Chapman he wrote the dramatic adaptation of Billy Budd (1951), first produced in an earlier version as Uniform of Flesh(1949). He also authored of a critical book, Edwin Arlington Robinson (1969), and Enabling Acts (1976), critical essays.

Subjects: Literature.

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