Philip Appleman

Philip Appleman. Courtesy Eco-Poetry.

Philip D. Appleman (born February 8, 1926) is an American poet and academic.


Appleman is professor emeritus of the Department of English, Indiana UniversityIndiana University, Bloomington .

He has published 7 volumes of poetry, the latest of which is New and Selected Poems, 1956-1996 (University of Arkansas Press, 1996); three novels, including Apes and Angels (Putnam, 1989); and half a dozen nonfiction books, including the widely used Norton Critical Edition, Darwin and the Norton Critical Edition of Malthus' Essay on Population. His poetry and fiction have appeared in scores of publications, including Harper's Magazine, The Nation, New Republic, New York Times, Paris Review, Partisan Review, Poetry, Sewanee Review, and Yale Review. He has given readings of his poetry at the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim Museum, the Huntington Library, and many universities. He is a founding member of the Poets Advisory Committee of Poets House, New York, a former member of the governing board of the Poetry Society of America, and a member of the Academy of American Poets, PEN American Center, Friends of Poets & Writers, Inc., and the Authors Guild of America.

Appleman has written many poems drawing on the work of Charles Darwin.


Appleman's writing has won many awards, including a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Friend of Darwin Award from the National Center for Science Education, and the Humanist Arts Award of the American Humanist Association.



*Darwin's Ark (illustrated by Rudy Pozzatti). Indiana University Press, 1984.

  • Darwin's Bestiary. Echo Press, 1986.
  • Let There be Light. Harper Perennial, 1991.
  • New and Selected Poems, 1956-1996. University of Arkansas Press, 1996.
  • Karma, Dharma, Pudding & Pie. Norton, 2009.


  • In the Twelfth Year of the War. Putnam, 1970.
  • Shame the Devil. Crown, 1981.
  • Apes and Angels. Putnam, 1989.


  • The Silent Explosion (foreword by Sir Julian Huxley). Beacon Press, 1965.


  • 1859: Entering an Age of Crisis (edited with William A. Madden & Michael Wolff, and contributor). Indiana University Press, 1959.
  • Darwin (critical anthology), (Editor & contributor). Norton, 1970; 2nd edition, 1979, 3rd edition, 2001.
  • Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species. Norton, 1975; 2nd edition, 2002.
  • Thomas Malthus, An Essay on the Principle of Population (critical anthology). Norton, 1976; 2nd edition, 2003.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the Poetry Foundation .[1]

See alsoEdit

Philip Appleman

Philip Appleman


  • Biographical notes from Who's Who in America, Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Vol. 18


  1. Philip Appleman b. 1926, Poetry Foundation, Web, Aug. 4, 2012.

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