John Ashbery (Poet) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
John Ashbery

John Lawrence Ashbery was an American poet and art critic. Ashbery is considered the most influential poet of his time. Oxford University literary critic John Bayley wrote that Ashbery “sounded, in poetry, the standard tones of the age.” Langdon Hammer, chair of the English Department at Yale University, wrote in 2008, “No figure looms so large in American poetry over the past 50 years as John Ashbery” and “No American poet has had a larger, more diverse vocabulary, not Whitman, not Pound.” Stephanie Burt, a poet and Harvard professor of English, has compared Ashbery to T. S. Eliot, calling Ashbery “the last figure whom half the English-language poets alive thought a great model, and the other half thought incomprehensible”. Ashbery published more than 20 volumes of poetry and won nearly every major American award for poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.

Born: John Lawrence Ashbery, July 28, 1927, Rochester, New York, U.S.
Died: September 3, 2017, Hudson, New York, U.S.
Occupation: Poet, professor, and art critic
Nationality: American
Alma mater: Harvard University, Columbia University
Period: 1949–2017
Literary movement: Surrealism, The New York School, Postmodernism
Notable works: Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror
Notable awards: MacArthur Fellowship, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Guggenheim Fellowship
Spouse: David Kermani

About John Ashbery

Postmodernist, surrealist poet who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1975 poetry collection, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. His other works include The Tennis Court Oath, Some Trees, and As Umbrellas Follow Rain.

Before Fame

He attended New York University and Columbia University. He published his first poetry collection, Turandot and Other Poems, in 1953.


He was an art critic for The New York Times and Newsweek.

Family Life

He was born in Rochester, New York to Chester and Helen Ashbery. He later settled in New York City with his partner, David Kermani.


W.H. Auden presented Ashbery with the 1956 Yale Younger Poets Prize.

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