Alan Dugan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, died on Sept. 2 from pneumonia. He was 80.
Dugan served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, then wandered around the country, experiencing life and writing poetry. He graduated from Mexico City College and became an advertising copywriter who wrote poetry on the weekends for the New Yorker and other magazines.
When he was 39, Dugan published his first collection, “Poems.” In 1962, the book won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Yale Younger Poets Prize and the Prix de Rome. A prominent and influential literary voice, Dugan spent the rest of his life teaching and writing the books, “Poems 2,” “Poems 3,” “Poems 4,” “Poems 5” and “Poems 6.” The book, “Poems 7,” earned him a second National Book Award in 2001.
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