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William Carlos Williams
Williams in  1921
Williams in 1921
Born (1883-09-17)September 17, 1883
Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Died March 4, 1963(1963-03-04) (aged 79)
Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Occupation Writer, physician
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Literary movement Modernism, Imagism
Notable works "The Red Wheelbarrow"; Spring and All; Paterson
Spouse Florence Williams

William Carlos Williams (September 17, 1883 – March 4, 1963) was an American poet and physician closely associated with modernism and imagism.

In addition to his writing, Williams had a long career as a physician practicing both pediatrics and general medicine. He was affiliated with Passaic General Hospital, where he served as the hospital's chief of pediatrics from 1924 until his death. The hospital, which is now known as St. Mary's General Hospital, paid tribute to Williams with a memorial plaque that states "we walk the wards that Williams walked".

Legacy, awards and honors

This Is Just To Say
(wall poem in The Hague)

The U.S. National Book Award was reestablished in 1950 with awards by the book industry to authors of books published in 1949 in three categories. Williams won the first National Book Award for Poetry, recognizing both the third volume of Paterson and Selected Poems.

In 1952 Williams was named Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, but was barred from serving out his term due to McCarthyism and unfounded accusations of Williams's membership in a communist organization. Williams retained legal counsel to refute the charges but was never allowed to respond to his critics and never received an apology from the Library of Congress.

In May 1963, he was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems (1962) and the Gold Medal for Poetry of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. The Poetry Society of America continues to honor William Carlos Williams by presenting the prestigious William Carlos Williams Award annually for the best book of poetry published by a small, non-profit or university press.

Williams's house in Rutherford is now on the National Register of Historic Places. He was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2009.

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