Author:Louis Untermeyer

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Louis Untermeyer
American author, poet, anthologist, and editor. United States Poet Laureate for 1961 to 1963.
Louis Untermeyer



  • Modern American Poetry (1919) (6th edition, 1942)
  • Modern British Poetry (1920) (5th edition, 1942)
  • Modern American and British Poetry (1919)
  • Yesterday and Today (1926)
  • New Songs for New Voices (1928), with Clara and David Mannes, illustrated by Peggy Bacon
  • A Treasury of Great Poems (1942, 1955)
  • The Golden Treasury of Poetry (1959), illustrated by Joan Walsh Anglund
  • Story Poems (1946, 1972)
  • Early American Poets (1952)
  • An Uninhibited Treasury of Erotic Poetry (1963)
  • A Galaxy of Verse (1978)
  • Men and Women: the Poetry of Love (1970), illustrated by Robert J. Lee
  • Collins Albatross Book of Verse (1933, 1960)
  • Stars To Steer By (1941)
  • Lots of Limericks (1961), illustrated by R. Taylor
  • The Book of Living Verse (1932,1945)
  • Rainbow in the Sky (1935), illustrated by Reginald Birch
  • A Treasury of Laughter (1946)
  • An Anthology of New England Poets (1948)
  • The Best Humor of 1949-1950 (with Ralph E. Shikes, 1950)
  • The Best Humor Annual (with Ralph E. Shikes, 1951)
  • The Best Humor Annual (with Ralph E. Shikes, 1952)
  • The Magic Circle (1952)
  • A Treasury of Ribaldry (1956)
  • Big and Little Creatures (1961), with Bryna Ivens Untermeyer
  • Beloved Tales (1962), with Bryna Ivens Untermeyer
  • Old Friends and Lasting favorites (1962), with Bryna Ivens Untermeyer
  • Fun and Fancy (1962), with Bryna Ivens Untermeyer
  • Creatures Wild and Tame (1963), with Bryna Ivens Untermeyer
  • The Golden Book of Poems for the Very Young (1971)
  • A Treasury of Great Humor (1972)


  • Burning Bush
  • Challenge
  • Coal Fire
  • Disenchanted
  • First Love
  • Last Words Before Winter
  • Leviathan
  • Long Feud
  • Portrait Of A Machine
  • Questions At Night
  • Scarcely Spring
  • Summer Storm
  • Thanks
  • The New Adam
  • These Times



  • Heinrich Heine: Paradox and Poet (1937)
  • Makers of the Modern World (with John Moore, 1955)
  • Makers of the Modern World selections, Japanese translation (1971)


  • From Another World (1935)
  • Bygones (1965)


  • Moses (1923)
  • The Fat of the Cat and Other Stories (19??)
  • The Donkey of God and Other Stories (1932)
  • The Kitten Who Barked (1962), illustrated by Lilian Obligado
  • The Second Christmas (1964), illustrated by Louis Marak
  • Cat O' Nine Tales (1971), illustrated by Lawrence DiFiori

Adaptations, Translations[edit]

  • Poems of Heinrich Heine (19??)
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Paul Bunyan (1946), illustrated by Everett Gee Jackson
  • More French Fairy Tales (1946), illustrated by Gustave Doré
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (1954), illustrated by Pierre Brissaud
  • Aesop's Fables (1965), illustrated by A. and M. Provensen
  • Songs of Joy from the Book of Psalms (1967), illustrated by Joan Berg Victor
  • Tales from the Ballet (1968), illustrated by A. and M. Provensen
  • A Time for Peace (1969), illustrated by Joan Berg Victor
  • The World's Great Stories (1964)
  • The Firebringer (1968)
  • Lines to a Pomeranian Puppy Valued at $3500 (1950), musical adaptation of Untermeyer poem by Irving Ravin


  • American Poetry Since 1900 (19??)
  • The Forms Of Poetry (1926)
  • Play in Poetry (1938)
  • Doorways to Poetry (1938)
  • The Lowest Form of Wit (1947)
  • The Pursuit of Poetry (1969)

Critical Collections[edit]

  • The Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1943)
  • The Poetry and Prose of Walt Whitman (1949)
  • The Letters of Robert Frost to Louis Untermeyer (1963)
  • The Love Poems of Elizabeth and Robert Browning (1994)
  • The Love Poems of Robert Herrick and John Donne (1948)

Contributing Editor[edit]

Some or all works by this author are in the public domain in the United States because they were published before January 1, 1926.

The author died in 1977, so works by this author are also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 years or less. Works by this author may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.


Some or all works by this author are in the public domain in the United States because they are legally published within the United States (or the United Nations Headquarters in New York subject to Section 7 of the United States Headquarters Agreement) before 1964, and copyright was not renewed.

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