The Botereid

Monday, October 25, 2004

Anthony Hecht

I hadn't noticed until today, but Anthony Hecht passed away last week. The New York Times has a decent obituary. The best part:

[Hecht] immediately informed his parents that he had decided to become a poet; alarmed, they told him to seek the advice of Theodor Geisel, a family friend who was better known to the world as Dr. Seuss. Mr. Geisel told young Hecht to read about the life of Joseph Pulitzer, but he never did, suspecting that it would discourage him from seeking a career as a writer. After he became a success, Mr. Hecht was fond of advising young writers that they, too, could be successful if they never read about the life of Joseph Pulitzer.

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