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Leonard Bacon Papers

Biographical note

Leonard Bacon, the son of Nathaniel and Helen Hazard Bacon, was born in Solvey, New York on May 26, 1887. he graduated from Yale in 1909 and taught English at the University of California at Berkeley from 1910 to 1923. After that he devoted all his time to writing poetry. In 1926, he and his family moved to "The Acorns" in Peacedale, Rhode Island where he lived for the rest of his life. Bacon received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1941 for Sunderland Capture and other Poems. He died on January 1, 1954. More details about his life can be found in Current Biography 1941, pp. 34-36 and the Providence Journal, January 2, 1954, p. 1-3