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John Ashbery


b. 6 Oct 1915, Warrenton, Virginia, USA, d. 11 Might 1979. Ashby discovered to try out fiddle and in 1930, along with his sibling Marshall and three others, shaped the Free Condition Ramblers, playing for regional dances. They continued to be energetic until 1943, if they had been pressured to disband by Globe War II. Of these years Ashby frequently earned fiddle contests. In 1947, the Free of charge Condition Ramblers re-formed and for a couple years these were regulars on Connie B. Homosexual’s popularGay Period on WARL Arlington, Virginia. Ashby ultimately retired from regular shows, but continued to try out for regional dances and features, usually along with his boy, George (Skipper), and in addition made an appearance at fiddling conventions.

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Full Name John Ashbery
Profession Poet, Professor, Author, Playwright, Novelist, Essayist
Education Columbia University, Harvard University, Deerfield Academy, New York University
Nationality American
Parents Helen Lawrence, Chester Frederick Ashbery
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Bollingen Prize, MacArthur Fellowship, Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, National Book Award for Poetry, Robert Frost Medal, National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada, American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Poetry, Ambassador Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, Wallace Stevens Award
Nominations Neustadt International Prize for Literature
Movies The Forbidden Room, Seances, Mounting Tension, Ostensibly

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The Forbidden Room 2015 additional writer



John Ashbery: The Poet's View 2003 Video documentary Himself
New Scenes from America 2003 Documentary short Himself - Poet

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1 There are not that many things to write poetry about. There's love and there's death and time passing and the weather outside, which is horrible today. I'm so glad I'm not writing poetry today. The weather gets to me when I write.
2 I guess it would be wonderful to be America's greatest living painter and have acres and acres of one's work to survey and have prizes and museums and wealth, but I think I'd rather stick with poetry.
3 I attempt to use words abstractly, as an abstract painter uses paint . . . I originally wanted to be a painter, and did paint until I was 18 years old.

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