Archibald MacLeish was born in Glencoe,
Illinois. In 1932 his epic poem
Conquistador won the Pulitzer Prize.
From 1930 to 1938, MacLeish worked as
an editor at Fortune magazine. During
that period, he wrote two radio dramas.
In 1949 Archibald Macleish became
Harvard's Boylston Professor of
Rhetoric and Oratory, a position he
held until 1962. From 1963 to 1967 he
was Simpson Lecturer at Amherst
College. Macleish continued to write
poetry, criticism, and stage and
screenplays, to great acclaim. His
Collected Poems (1952) won him a second
Pulitzer Prize, as well as the National
Book Award and the Bollingen Prize.
J.B. (1958), a verse play based on the
book of Job, earned him a third
Pulitzer, this time for drama. And in
1965 he received an Academy Award for
his work on the screenplay of The
Eleanor Roosevelt Story. Archibald
MacLeish died in April 1982 in Boston,