Robert Stuart Fitzgerald Boyhood Home
Image Courtesy of Elaine Shemoney Evans
The marker is located in Springfield, Illinois, near the corner of Second Street and Jackson Street, in front of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Springfield High School, The Vachel Lindsay Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and The Illinois State Historical Society
Poet, translator, writer, educator, Robert Stuart Fitzgerald (1910-1985) lived in his family's home on this site (215 E. Jackson) for 20 years. While a student at Springfield High School, his talent for poetry came to the attention of poet Vachel Lindsay, who lived just three blocks away. Fitzgerald was the author of three books of poems. His translations of Homer's Odyssey and Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid remain standard works for American scholars and students, and his other memoirs and writings have enduring value. From 1965-1981 he was Boylston Professor at Harvard. He was a close friend of James Agee, Flannery O'Connor, William Maxwell, and other significant writers of his generation. Among his many honors were election to the American Institute of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In the last year of his life he was named Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a position later renamed Poet Laureate of the United States.
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