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The Death Club


Still an outsider
Richard Wilbur Poet
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I was sent to schools outside of North Caldwell because they were better schools. My parents somehow wangled an arrangement whereby I went to the Essex Fells Grammar School about three miles away in a pleasant and progressive suburb. What I remember of the school is that it was awfully good and the teachers were very fine. I had a number of friends there, but I had the loneliness and the slight feeling of oddity of somebody who comes from a distance and who is not around in the afternoons much of the time to enjoy the company of his contemporaries in the neighbourhood.

Acclaimed US poet Richard Wilbur (1921-2017) published many books and was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He was less well known for creating a musical version of Voltaire's “Candide” with Bernstein and Hellman which is still produced throughout the world today.

Listeners: David Sofield

David Sofield is the Samuel Williston Professor of English at Amherst College, where he has taught the reading and writing of poetry since 1965. He is the co-editor and a contributor to Under Criticism (1998) and the author of a book of poems, Light Disguise (2003).

Tags: North Caldwell, Essex Fells Grammar School

Duration: 57 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2005

Date story went live: 24 January 2008