Reeve, F(ranklin) D('Olier) 1928-

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REEVE, F(ranklin) D('Olier) 1928-

PERSONAL: Born September 18, 1928, in Philadelphia, PA; son of Richard and Anne Reeve; married first wife Barbara (divorced, c. 1956); married Laura Stevenson, December 22, 1997; children: Christopher, Benjamin, Alison, Brock, Mark, Katharine, Margaret.

Education: Princeton University, A.B., 1950; Columbia University, Ph.D., 1958.

ADDRESSES: Home—P.O. Box 14, Wilmington, VT 05363. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: Worked as longshoreman and truck driver; Columbia University, New York, NY, began as instructor, became assistant professor of Slavic languages, 1952-61; Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, professor of Russian, 1962-66, professor of letters, 1968-2002, professor emeritus, 2002—. Exchange professor in the former U.S.S.R., 1961; visiting professor at Oxford University, 1964, Connecticut College, 1970, Yale University, beginning 1972, Columbia University, 1988, and Marlboro College, 1999. Pettee Memorial Library, member of board of trustees. Exhibitions: Exhibits include Poem Paintings at the Donnell Library in New York, 1985, and Via Dolorosa (poems; carbon and pencil drawings by Richard A. Clark) at Moon-brook Gallery, Rutland, VT, 1995.

AWARDS, HONORS: Ford Foundation Fellowship; literature award from American Academy-National Institute, 1970; PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, 1984 and 1986; Golden Rose Award, New England Poetry Society.



The Stone Island: Six Poems, Salamander Press (London, England), 1964.

In the Silent Stones, Morrow (New York, NY), 1968.

The Blue Cat, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York, NY), 1972.

Concrete Music, Pyncheon House, 1992.

The Moon and Other Failures, Michigan State University Press (East Lansing, MI), 1999.

A World You Haven't Seen, Rattapallax Press (New York, NY), 2001.

The Urban Stampede, Michigan State University Press (East Landing, MI), 2002.

The Blue Boat on the St. Anne, Story Line Press (Ashland, OR), 2003.


The Red Machines, Morrow (New York, NY), 1968, Azul Editions (Falls Church, VA), 1999.

Just over the Border, Morrow (New York, NY), 1969.

The Brother, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York, NY), 1971.

White Colors, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York, NY), 1973.

The White Swans, Ellis, 1978.

A Few Rounds of Old Maid, Azul Editions (Falls Church, VA), 1995.


Aleksandr Blok: Between Image and Idea, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 1962.

Robert Frost in Russia, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1964, reprinted, Zephyr Press, 2001.

On Some Scientific Concepts in Russian Poetry at the Turn of the Century, CAS, 1966.

The Russian Novel, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1966.

The White Monk: An Essay on Dostoevsky and Melville, Vanderbilt University Press (Nashville, TN), 1989.


I. S. Turgenev, Five Short Novels, Bantam Books (New York, NY), 1961.

Anthology of Russian Plays, Vintage (New York, NY), Volume I, 1961, published as Nineteenth-Century Russian Plays, Norton (New York, NY), 1973, Volume II, 1963, published as Twentieth-Century Russian Plays, Norton (New York, NY), 1973.

Great Soviet Short Stories, Dell (New York, NY), 1963.

Contemporary Russian Drama, Pegasus (Fairview, NC), 1968.

A. I. Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Lecture, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York, NY), 1972.

(With W. J. Smith) Andre Voznesensky, An Arrow in the Wall (poetry), Holt (New York, NY), 1987.

Bella Akhmadulina, The Garden (poetry), Henry Holt (New York, NY), 1990.

Alexander Borshchagovsky, The King and the Fool, 2001.

Translator of introduction to Six Short Stories by Tolstoy, Dell (New York, NY), 1963; translator of The Trouble with Reason, a four-act comedy in verse by A. S. Griboyedov, published in The Portable Nineteenth-Century Russian Reader, edited by G. Gibian, Viking-Penguin (New York, NY), 1993.


The Three-Sided Cube, produced in Middletown, CT, and New London, CT, 1972.

Glass House (staged reading), performed in William-stown, VA, 1980.

Electricity (staged reading), performed in New York, NY, 1981.

The Leak, produced at Vermont Theater Works, 1986.

Painted Apples, Playwrights & Players, 1995.


(Editor, with Jay Meek) After the Storm, Maisonneuve Press (University Park, MD), 1992.

(Editor) Winged Spirits, with paintings by Jean Zaleski, Bayeux Arts (New York, NY), 1995.

Author of oratorios, including Alycone (modern oratorio for narrator, instruments, and voices), music by Thomas L. Read, performed in London, England, at Barbican Theater, 1998; and The Urban Stampede (modern oratorio for narrator, instruments, and voices), music by Andrew Gant, performed in London, England, at Barbican Theater, 2000.

Work represented in anthologies, including September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond. Contributor of poems, stories, articles, essays, and reviews to numerous periodicals, including American Poetry Review, Atlantic, Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, Modern Poetry Studies, Nation, New Yorker, Poetry, Slavic Review, and Sewanee Review. Founding editor of Poetry Review, 1982-84; member of advisory board, Marlboro Review.

WORK IN PROGRESS: The Puzzle Master, a modern oratorio, with music by Eric Chasalow; My Sister Life, Man of Genius, and Rules of the Game, works of fiction; The Inconstant Translation, a critical work.

SIDELIGHTS: F. D. Reeve told CA: "More and more I admire our bold, outspoken painters and poets—artists who stand up against our repressive government and cry for justice for all who suffer poverty and ethnic or racial humiliation. I admire the writer whose work presents society with images of freedom and whose life exemplifies awareness of moral obligation. And I have a grand time with everyone who laughs and makes us laugh, even ennobling us on our ridiculous hobby-horses."

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