Guide to the Jack Hirschman Collection, 1959Manuscript MS-1227

Biography

Jack Hirschman was born on December 13, 1933, in New York City. He received a BA from City College in New York in 1955, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1961. From 1959-1961, Hirschman taught at Dartmouth College after which he moved to California becoming a professor at UCLA. However, he was fired from this position after encouraging students to resist the draft during the Vietnam War. Hirschman published his first volume of poetry in 1960, and has continued writing for such publications as "Left Curve," and "The People's Tribune." Some of his published books include "Black Alephs" (1969), "Lyripol" (1976), "The Bottom Line" (1988), and "Endless Threshold" (1992). He also translated the youthful poems of Joseph Stalin into English. In 2009, Hirschman was named Poet-in- Residence of the San Francisco Public Library.

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