Richard Wilbur




  • The Beautiful Changes and Other Poems. New York: Reynal, 1947.

  • Ceremony and Other Poems. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1950.

  • Things of This World. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1956.

  • Advice to a Prophet and Other Poems. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1961.

  • The Poems of Richard Wilbur. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1963.

  • Walking to Sleep: New Poems and Translations. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1969.

  • The Mind-Reader: New Poems. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1976.

  • New and Collected Poems. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1988.

  • The Beautiful Changes and Other Poems, Harcourt Brace 1947 - out of print

  • Ceremony and Other Poems, Harcourt Brace 1950 - out of print

  • Things of This World, Harcourt Brace 1956 - out of print

  • Advice to a Prophet, and Other Poems, Harcourt Brace 1961 - out of print

  • Walking to Sleep: New Poems and Translations, Harcourt Brace, 1969

  • The Mind-Reader, Harcourt Brace 1976 - out of print

  • New and Collected Poems, Harcourt 1988 - out of print

  • The Catbird's Song: Prose Pieces, 1963-1995, Harcourt 1997 - out of print

  • Mayflies, Harcourt Brace 2000 / Waywiser Press 2004

  • Collected Poems, 1943-2004, Harcourt Brace 2004 / Waywiser Press 2005

  • Richard Wilbur Reading from his Poems, The Poetry Archive 2005

  • The Beautiful Changes and Other Poems, Reynal, 1947.

  • Ceremony and Other Poems, Harcourt (Boston), 1950.

  • Things of This World: Poems (also see below), Harcourt, 1956.

  • Poems, 1943-1956, Faber (London), 1957.

  • Mayflies: New Poems and Translations, Harcourt (New York City), 2000.

  • Opposites, More Opposites, and a Few Differences, edited by Diane D'Andrade, Harcourt, 2000.


  • Loudmouse. New York: Collier Macmillan, 1963.

  • Opposites, drawings by author. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1973.

  • More Opposites. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1991.

  • A Game of Catch. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1994.

  • The Disappearing Act. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1998.


  • Responses: Prose Pieces 1953-1976. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1976.

  • The Catbird's Song: Prose Pieces 1963-1995. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1997.


  • The Misanthrope, translation of the play by Molière (premiere Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1955). New York: Harcourt Brace, 1955.

  • Candide (lyrics only, with others). Book by Lillian Hellman, music by Leonard Bernstein, adaptation of the novel by Voltaire (premiere New York, 1956). New York: Random House, 1957.

  • Tartuffe, translation of the play by Molière (premiere Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1964). New York: Harcourt Brace, 1963.

  • School for Wives, translation of the play by Molière (premiere New York, 1971). New York: Harcourt Brace, 1971.

  • The Learned Ladies, translation of the play by Molière (premiere Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1977). New York: Harcourt Brace, 1978.

  • Andromache, translation of the play by Racine. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1982.

  • Phaedra, translation of the play by Racine (premiere Stratford, Ontario, 1990). San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1986.

  • The School for Husbands, translation of the play by Molière. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1992.

  • Sganarelle, or The Imaginary Cuckold, translation of the play by Molière. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1993.

  • Amphitryon, translation of the play by Molière. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 1995.


  • The Whale and Other Uncollected Translations. Brockport, New York: BOA, 1982.



  • Butts, William, ed. Conversations with Richard Wilbur. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1990.

  • (With Robert Hillyer and Cleanth Brooks) Anniversary Lectures, U.S. Government Printing Office (Washington, DC), 1959.

  • (Translator) Philippe de Thaun, The Pelican from a Bestiary of 1120 (poem), privately printed, 1963.

  • Prince Souvanna Phouma: An Exchange between Richard Wilbur and William Jay Smith (poem), limited edition, Phoenix Book Shop, 1968. .


  • (Translator) Moliere, The Misanthrope: Comedy in Five Acts, 1666 (also see below; produced in Cambridge, MA, by the Poet's Theatre, October 25, 1955; produced off-Broadway at Theatre East, November 12, 1956), Harcourt, 1955.

  • (Lyricist with John Latouche, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman, and Leonard Bernstein) Voltaire, Candide: A Comic Operetta Based on Voltaire's Satire (musical; based on adaptation by Lillian Hellman; music by Leonard Bernstein; produced on Broadway at Martin Beck Theatre, December 1, 1956; produced on the West End at Saville Theatre, April 30, 1959), Random House, 1957.

  • (Translator) Moliere, Tartuffe: Comedy in Five Acts, 1669 (also see below; produced in Milwaukee, WI, at Fred Miller Theatre, January, 1964; produced on Broadway at ANTA Theatre, January 14, 1965), Harcourt, 1963.

  • (Translator) Moliere, The Misanthrope [and] Tartuffe, Harcourt, 1965.

  • (Translator) Moliere, The School for Wives: Comedy in Five Acts, 1662 (produced on Broadway at Lyceum Theatre, February 16, 1971 ), Harcourt, 1971.

  • (Translator) Moliere, The Learned Ladies: Comedy in Five Acts, 1672 (produced in Williamstown, MA, at the Williamstown Festival Theatre, 1977), Harcourt, 1978.

  • (Translator) Jean Racine, Andromache: Tragedy in Five Acts, 1667, Harcourt, 1982.

  • (Translator) Moliere: Four Comedies, Harcourt, 1982.

  • (Translator) Racine, Phaedra, Harcourt, 1986.

  • (Translator) Moliere, The School for Husbands (also see below), Harcourt, 1992.

  • (Translator) The Imaginary Cuckold (also see below), Dramatists Play Service, 1993.

  • (Translator) Moliere, The School for Husbands & Sganarelle, or The Imaginary Cuckold, Harcourt, 1994.

  • (Translator) Moliere, Amphitryon, Dramatists Play Service (New York City), 1995.

  • (Translator) Moliere, Don Juan, Dramatists Play Service (New York City), 1998, published as Don Juan: Comedy in Five Acts, 1665, Harcourt, 2001.


  • (With Louis Untermeyer and Karl Shapiro) Modern American and Modern British Poetry, revised abridged edition, Harcourt, 1955.

  • A Bestiary (anthology), Pantheon, 1955.

  • (And author of introduction and notes) Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Poems, Dell, 1959.

  • (Editor, with others) Major Writers of America, Harcourt, 1962.

  • (With Alfred Harbage, and author of introduction) William Shakespeare, Poems, Penguin, 1966, revised edition published as Shakespeare, the Narrative Poems and Poems of Doubtful Authenticity, 1974.

  • (And author of introduction) Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, David R. Godine, 1974.

  • (And author of introduction) Witter Bynner, Selected Poems. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1978.


  • (Contributor) Gygory Kepes, editor, The New Landscape in Art and Science, Paul Theobald, 1955.

  • Poems (recording), Spoken Arts, 1959.

  • (Contributor) Don C. Allen, editor, The Moment of Poetry, Johns Hopkins Press, 1962.

  • (Lyricist) On Freedom's Ground (cantata; music by William Schuman), produced in New York City at the Lincoln Center for the Statue of Liberty Centennial, October, 1986.

  • (Author of foreword) Rollie McKenna, A Life in Photography, Knopf (New York City), 1991.

  • Also recorded Richard Wilbur Reading His Own Poems, for Caedmon, and additional readings for the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, Library of Congress. Translator of The Funeral of Bobo, by Joseph Brodsky, for Ardis. Work represented in anthologies. Contributor of critical reviews to periodicals. General editor, "Laurel Poets" series, for Dell; former member of poetry board, Wesleyan University Press.



  • Bawer, Bruce. Prophets & Professors. Brownsville, Oregon: Story Line, 1995.

  • Bixler, Francis, Richard Wilbur: A Reference Guide, Macmillan, 1991.

  • Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography, Supplement: Modern Writers, 1900-1998, Gale (Detroit), 1998.

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism, Gale, Volume 3, 1975, Volume 6, 1976, Volume 9, 1978, Volume 14, 1980, Volume 53, 1989.

  • Cummins, Paul F., Richard Wilbur: A Critical Essay, Eerdmans, 1971.

  • Davison, Peter. The Fading Smile: Poets in Boston 1955-1960. New York: Knopf, 1994.

  • Dickey, James, Babel to Byzantium, Farrar, Straus, 1968.

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 5: American Poets since World War II, Gale, 1980.

  • Edgecombe, Rodney Stenning. A Reader's Guide to the Poetry of Richard Wilbur. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1995.

  • Hill, Donald L. Richard Wilbur. New York: Twayne, 1967.

  • Hougen, John B., Ecstasy within Discipline: The Poetry of Richard Wilbur, Scholars Press, 1994.

  • Hungerford, Edward, editor, Poets in Progress, Northwestern University Press, 1962, new edition, 1967.

  • Jarrell, Randall, Poetry and the Age, Knopf, 1953.

  • Jarrell, Randall, The Third Book of Criticism, Farrar, Straus, 1969.

  • Kunitz, Stanley, and Vineta Colby, Twentieth-Century Authors: A Biographical Dictionary of Modern Literature, H. W. Wilson, 1955.

  • Michelson, Bruce. Wilbur's Poetry: Music in a Scattering Time. Amherst, University of Massachusetts Press, 1991.

  • Nemerov, Howard, editor, Poets on Poetry, Basic Books, 1966.

  • Salinger, Wendy, editor, Richard Wilbur's Creation, University of Michigan Press (Ann Arbor), 1983.

  • Rosenthal, M. L., The Modern Poets, Oxford University Press, 1965.

  • Salinger, Wendy, ed. Richard Wilbur's Creation. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1983