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Pulitzer poet Kunitz dead at 100
Stanley Kunitz
Stanley Kunitz attended the launch of his latest book a year ago
Former US poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Stanley Kunitz has died aged 100 after a 75-year career.

He died in his sleep at his home in Manhattan, his publisher said.

The child of an immigrant dressmaker from Lithuania, Kunitz saw his first collection Intellectual Things published when he was 25.

He was 95 when he was made poet laureate in 2000, and won a National Book Award aged 90. He also helped to found two centres for aspiring writers.

Book of reflections

Last May, Kunitz attended a reception at the Poet's House in New York for his latest book The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden.

This featured poems and photographs of him in his garden and his thoughts on gardening, art and the end of life.

His poems included tributes to nature and wildlife, such as The Snakes of September, and traumatic memories of his father's suicide in The Portrait.

A pacifist who was a conscientious objector in World War Two, Kunitz opposed the Vietnam War and criticised the US-led invasion of Iraq.

He spent much of his later life in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he lived with his third wife, Elise Asher.

Her work appeared on the covers of several of his books.


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