About James Schuyler
Pulitzer Prize winning poet James Schuyler was a central member of the New York School. In 1951, Schuyler was introduced to Frank O’Hara and John Ashbery at a party in New York. The three poets would go on to share an apartment on 49th Street in Manhattan and to work closely together, often collaborating on a variety of writing projects. By the mid-1950s, Schuyler was writing for Art News and working as a curator for circulating exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art. Schuyler’s work in the art world allowed him to befriend many prominent painters of the era. The late 1960s and 1970s were the productive zenith of Schuyler’s career, culminating in the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Morning of the Poem awarded in 1980. Freely Espousing, Schuyler’s first major collection of poetry, was published in 1969 at the age of 46. His other major collections include The Crystal Lithium (1972), Hymn to Life (1974), The Morning of the Poem (1980), and A Few Days (1985). Schuyler also wrote novels, including Alfred and Guinevere (1958), A Nest of Ninnies, with John Ashbery (1969), and What’s for Dinner (1978).
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