poet and novelist, born in Chicago, resident in New York after graduation from the University of Wisconsin. Angel Arms (1929), Poems (1935), Dead Reckoning (1938), Afternoon of a Pawnbroker (1943), and Stranger at Coney Island (1949) are verse satires of disintegrating, contemporary, middle-class life. His New and Selected Poems appeared in 1956. His novels include The Hospital (1939), about a moment in the big institution; Clark Gifford's Body (1942), a modern parallel of John Brown's raid; The Big Clock (1946), a fastpaced tale of murder and a manhunt; and The Crozart Story (1960).
Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).