Rutherford, New Jersey, Williams graduated from the University of
Pennsylvania (M.D., 1906), interned at hospitals in New York City for two
years, studied pediatrics in Leipzig, then returned to practice medicine in
his hometown. As a general practitioner, Williams found ample poetic
inspiration in his patients, and scribbled down lines between appointments
and on the way to house calls.
His early collections include The Tempers (1913),
Kora in Hell: Improvisations (1920), and Sour Grapes (1921). A
stroke in the mid-1950s forced him to retire from his medical practice, but
gave him more time to write. His many honors include the National Book Award
(1950) and the Pulitzer Prize (1963). The Williams Reader was
published in 1966.
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