Biography Alan Dugan

Alan Dugan

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  • Time Period 1923 - 2003
  • Place New York
  • Country United States
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Poet Biography

Alan Dugan (February 12, 1923-September 3, 2003) was an American poet. His poetry is known for its plain and direct language, though it is supported by technical skill;                                                                                                                                                                                  


it is generally trenchant and ironic in its criticism of American

life and received ideas, and in its frank sensuality alike. Dugan grew up in Jamaica, Queens in New York City and served in World War II, experiences which entered his poetry though he avoided simple autobiography or confession. He later lived in Truro on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, where he directed the Fine Arts Work Center and was a mentor and teacher to younger poets for decades. Dugan's work was published in successive numbered collections under the simple title Poems. Alan Dugan was married to the artist Judith Shahn. He died on September 3, 2003, of pneumonia at age 80.

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