By Bernard A. Drabeck, Helen E. Ellis, Richard Wilbur
"During the final 5 years of his lifestyles MacLeish participated during this sequence of interviews tracing his occupation as a poet, Librarian of Congress, statesman, and guy of letters. He speaks candidly of his scholar years, his 'expatriate interval' in Paris, and his next writing and instructing. The editor/interviewers have correctly requested merely short, perceptive questions, leaving the highlight at the poet. His language is colloquial, and the diversity of his writing adventure, and neighbors may still end up interesting to readers."--Library Journal
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I was Page 17 chairman of the literary board. 8 I wrote verse through Yale and won all the prizes that you can win. Anybody could get a prize at Yale by producing a couple of lines. I don't want to be too bitter about it. I loved Yale deeply, love it, but it wasn't an educational institution. It lacked the sort of thing that I felt at once when I went to the Harvard Law School and would occasionally cross over to the Yard. But I imagine what you had in mind in your question is the bridge between New Trier High School and Hotchkiss School, Yale and the Harvard Law School, and Paris.
Paris was full of the young from Africa, from Eastern Europe, from Asia, the Swedes, the Norwegians, the Finns, the Latinos, every kind of Latino. They poured into Paris after the war. I think it is possible to say (it may not be possible to prove) that they felt a kind of vacuum. The youth of Europe had been slaughtered. The thing I used to notice in Paris, when I got there earlier, was the total absence of the young, even young women, because young women didn't look young. They looked old. They were dressed in black and their faces were unsmiling.
That ended with seven or eight years of public service beginning with the Library of Congress of which I was director (Librarian of Congress) for five years during which the entire library was reorganized. This involved a war of words with the professional librarians who were, at first, violently opposed to my appointment for very understandable reasons, and then a continuing struggle, with the professional librarians on my side, to reshape the institution and, to some degree, the profession. , etc.
Archibald MacLeish: reflections by Bernard A. Drabeck, Helen E. Ellis, Richard Wilbur