Allen Tate (19 November, 1899 – 9 February, 1979) was a social commentator, poet, and Poet Laureate of the United States.
Fun Facts about Allen Tate:
- John Orley Allen Tate was born around Winchester, Kentucky. His father, John Orley Tate, was a businessman. The poet’s mother, Eleanor Parke Custis Varnell, from Virginia, could trace her roots to George Washington. Mr. Tate inherited a copper luster pitcher that General Washington order from London.
- Tate started out studying violin at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. However, he decided to get a Bachelor’s degree and enrolled at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
- While attending Vanderbilt University, the poet was invited to join a group of men who read and discuss poetry. The group, including Robert Penn Warren, Donald Davidson, Merrill Moore, John Crowe Ransom, started publishing a poetry magazine called The Fugitive, and hence were known as the Fugitives. Tate was the original editor of the magazine.
- Tate graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt in 1923.
- The poet married novelist Caroline Gordon in 1925, the couple was living in Greenwich Village, NYC where Mr. Tate worked as a freelance literary critic.
- The first book he published was Mister Pope and Other Poems (1928), the year the couple were awarded a Guggenheim fellowship.
- The Tates spent some time in Paris, France where they got to hang out with Gertrude Stein , F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Ford Madox Ford. Tate also got to meet T.S. Elliot, a poet he admired for a long time, while in London, England.
- The couple returned to the United States in 1930. By the end of the decade Mr. Tate has established himself as a leading literary man by the end of the decade.
- In 1943 Allen Tate was named as the Poet Laureate of the United States.
- Tate was married twice more, to poet Isabella Gardner, and Helen Heinz, a nun who left the convent for him.
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