1948: Poets’ Party

gotham-book-mart-party 1948

A party at the Gotham Book Mart in New York City to welcome poets Sir Osbert and Dame Edith Sitwell (seated, left of center) to the US for a series of readings. W. H. Auden is perched on the ladder at top right; Elizabeth Bishop is to the center right and Marianne Moore is seated below her (with hat). Delmore Schwartz is front right with Randall Jarrell behind him leaning against the books. Charles Henri Ford is cross-legged on the floor. Seated in front to the left is William Rose Benét, and then, in a clockwise semicircle: Stephen Spender, Marya Zaturenska, Horace Gregory, Tennessee Williams, Richard Eberhart, Gore Vidal and José Garcia Villa

Photo by Lisa Larsen for Life magazine, Nov. 9, 1948. I have retouched the photo; the original is here.

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