Robert Bagg

PO Box 205 611 Huntington Road
Worthington, MA 01098

Author's Bio

I was born in New Jersey, graduated from Amherst (B.A. 1957), attended Harvard as a special student (1960), and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut (1965). I've taught at the University of Washington (1963–1965) and the University of Massachusetts (from 1965 to 1996, serving as Graduate Director from 1982 to 1986 and as Department Chair from 1986 to 1992. In addition to essays on Classical and English literature, I've published six books of poetry and translations of eight plays by Euripides and Sophocles. My first book, Madonna of the Cello, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. My translations of Greek plays have been staged in sixty productions worldwide. I've held Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill, Rockefeller (Bellagio Residency), NEA and NEH fellowships, the latter in 2007 for work on a critical biography of Richard Wilbur. I live in Western Massachusetts with my wife Mary, a free-lance writer and editor. My remaining outdoor enthusiasm is golf, but earlier ones included déjeuner sur l'herbe, touch football, skiing, sailing, and horseback riding. I have three websites:

Publications and Prizes

(Harper Perennial, 2012)
, Body Blows: Poems New & Selected
(University of Massachusetts Press, 1988)
, Elektra
(Harper Perennial, 2012)
, Euripides HIPPOLYTOS
(Oxford University Press, 1973)
, Euripides THE BAKKHAI
(University of Massachusetts Press, 1978)
, Let Us Watch Richard Wilbur: A Biographical Study
(University of Massachusetts Press, 2017)
, Madonna of the Cello
(Wesleyan University Press, 1961)
, Niké and other poems
(Azul Editions, 2005)
, Oedipus At Kolonos
(Harper Perennial, 2012)
, Oedipus The King
(Harper Perennial, 2012)
, The Complete Plays of Sophocles: A New Translation
(Harper Perennial, 2011)
, The Oedipus Cycle
(Harper Perennial, 2012)
, The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles
(University of Massachusetts Press, 2004)
, The Scrawny Sonnets
(University of Illinois Press, 1973)
, Women of Trakhis
(Harper Perennial, 2012)
North Dakota Quarterly
Prizes Won: 
The Mount Holyoke Irene Glascock Memorial Poetry Prize (1957). Rome Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1958-59).

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Complete Poems: 1943-2004 by Richard Wilbur
Angel of History by James Scully
Collected Letters by Anthony Hecht

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Last updated: Aug 06, 2018