A Game of Catch by Richard Wilbur

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Full-color watercolor paintings highlight an insightful story about neighborhood boys and baseball, first published in The New Yorker, by the 1987 Poet Laureate of the United States.
 

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When Richard Wilbur's Things of This World (1956) won the 1957 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award the same year, the N.Y. Times commented editorially: "A seemingly effortless craftsman, Mr. Wilbur reveals a fine lyrical gift, a searching wit and, in his translations, a sympathetic kinship to the works of others." Wilbur was born in New York City and educated at Amherst College and Harvard University. During the late 1950s he taught at Wesleyan University. He has also been on the English faculty at Harvard and Wellesley College, and he is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. With Lillian Hellman he wrote the libretto for the opera Candide. He also is one of the premier translators of his generation. He has translated Moliere's Tartuffe and Misanthrope and many poems of Andrei Voznesensky and others. Co-recipient of the Bollingen Translation Prize in 1963, he was made the second Poet Laureate of the United States in 1987.
 
Published March 1, 1994 by Harcourt Childrens Books (J). 29 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Seemingly amiable play becomes anything but in a distinguished poet's brief, disturbing story, first published 40 years ago in the New Yorker.

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Three boys, two gloves and one bad attitude add up to a zero-fun afternoon of baseball. More an illustrated short story than a traditional picture book (the text originally ran in the New Yorker in 19

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More an illustrated short story than a traditional picture book (the text originally ran in the New Yorker in 1953), this odd tale of manners showcases former U.S. poet laureate Wilbur's fluency in the compact, colorful language of sport: ``Then he would burn the ball straight toward Monk, and it...

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