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Indiana authors and their books 1917-1966.
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REXROTH, KENNETH: 1905-

Kenneth Rexroth was born on Dec. 92, 1905, in South Bend, Ind., the son of Charles Marion and Delia Reed Rexroth. Orphaned at an early age, he moved to Chicago when he was twelve and was allowed by his guardian to leave school and pursue his own reading interests. Although largely self-educated, he took courses at the Art Institute of Chicago and Art Students League (New page: [508][View Page [508]] York City). He married Myrtle Schaefer in 1927 and his second wife was Marie Kass. In 1949 he married Marthe Larsen and they had two daughters, Mary and Katharine. Rexroth had the following work experiences: mucker, harvest hand, packer, fruit picker, forest patrolman, factory hand, and insane asylum attendant. In 1953 he became San Francisco correspondent for THE NATION. He was a columnist for the SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER and co-founder of the San Francisco Poetry Center. He was the recipient of several awards including a California Literature Silver Medal Award for Poetry, 1941 and 1945; Guggcnhcim fellowship in poetry, 1948 and 1949; Eunice Teitjens Award, 1957; Shelley Memorial Award, 1958; and an Amy Lowell fellowship, 1958. Becoming one of the country's first abstract painters, Rexroth held one-man art shows in Chicago, New York, Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Santa Monica . In addition to writing, he has edited a number of anthologies and has translated poetry from Greek, Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish.

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