1910Charles Olson, poet, (1910-1970)People and Communities, Arts and Culture, Literary History, Notable People

Portrait of Charles Olson, 1967. Charles A. Lowe, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 14303
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Olson was an accomplished poet and writer from a young age while growing up in Worcester and summering with his family in Gloucester. Called a “giant” for most of his life, Olson earned local recognition early as a finalist in the International Oratorical contest as a high schooler.

Von Hallberg, Robert. Charles Olson: The Scholar’s Art. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1978. Clark, Tom. Charles Olson: The Allegory of a Poet’s Life. 1st ed. New York: Norton, 1991. Christensen, Paul. Charles Olson, Call Him Ishmael. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1979. Foundation, Poetry. “Charles Olson.” Poetry Foundation, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/charles-olson.
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