Leonard Bacon portrait

Leonard Bacon (1887-1954), from Memories of Yale Life and Men, 1854–1899, 1903. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Leonard Bacon
Born May 26, 1887(1887-Template:MONTHNUMBER-26)
Solvay, New York, U.S.
Died January 1, 1954(1954-Template:MONTHNUMBER-01) (aged 66)
Peace Dale, Rhode Island, U.S.
Occupation Poet
Nationality United States American
Notable award(s) Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Leonard Bacon (May 26, 1887- January 1, 1954) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, translator, and literary critic.


Bacon graduated from Yale University in 1909, and subsequently taught at University of California, Berkeley until his retirement in 1923. In 1923, he began publishing poetry in the Saturday Review of Literature under the pseudonym "Autholycus". He and his family lived in Florence, Italy, from 1927 to 1932.


He won the 1940 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his satiric poems Sunderland Capture. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1942.[1]



  • Ulug Beg: An epic poem, comic in intention, in VII cantos. New York, A.A. Knopf, 1923.
  • Ph.D.s: Male and female created He them.. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1925.
  • Animula Vagula. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1926.
  • Guinea-fowl, and other poultry. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1927.
  • Lost Buffalo, and other poems. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1930.
  • The Goose on the Capitol. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1936.
  • Sunderland Capture, and other poems. New York & London; Harper & Brothers, 1940.
  • Day of Fire. London & New York: Oxford University Press, 1943.


  • The Heroic Ballads of Servia (translated by George Rapall Noyes and Leonard Bacon). Boston: Sherman, French & Co., 1913.
  • The Song of Roland. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1914.
  • Lay of the Cid. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1919.
  • The Legend of Quincibald. New York & London; Harper & Brothers, 1928.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  2. Search results=Leonard Bacon, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, July 9, 2012.

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