Poet W.D. Snodgrass Dies
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, William DeWitt (W.D.) Snodgrass died Tuesday after a 4-month battle with inoperable lung cancer. January 5 was his 83rd birthday.
In 1960, Snodgrass won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his first book, Heart’s Needle. The poetry of Heart’s Needle expressed the angst he felt after losing custody of his daughter in a bitter divorce.
Prior to World War II, Snodgrass aspired to a career in music but after the war, he hoped to become a playwright. Somehow from there he drifted into poetry where he found his niche. Snodgrass was the author of more than 30 books of poetry and translations.