By Louis Simpson | Poetry | Volume 19.4, Fall 1985
LOUIS SIMPSON was born in 1923 in Jamaica. Simpson’s early books, like The Arrivistes and A Dream of Governors, speak to his horrific experiences in World War II, where he served in the 101st Airborne Division and saw active duty in France, Belgium, and Germany. At the End of the Open Road won the Pulitzer Prize in 1964. His later volumes include Searching for the Ox and The Best Hour of the Night. A noted scholar and critic, Simpson published a number of literary studies, including Three on the Tower: The Lives and Works of Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, and William Carlos Williams; The Character of the Poet; and Ships Going Into the Blue: Essays and Notes on Poetry. The Owner of the House: New Collected Poems spans his sixty-year career.