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David Lehman

A steady contributor to American Heritage, David Lehman has written both poetry and nonfiction books. He edited The Oxford Book of American Poetry and helped found The Best American Poetry, an annual collection of American poems, in 1988. In 1990, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded Lehman an Academy Award in literature, and his latest works include Yeshiva Boys, a book of poems, and A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, both released in 2009.

Mr. Lehman currently serves as the Associate Professor of Writing at the New School of New York.

Articles by this Author

Poet, May/June 1998 | Vol. 49, No. 3
The Heretic, September 1997 | Vol. 48, No. 5
At the height of the American avant-garde movement, Fairfield Porter’s realistic paintings defied the orthodoxy of Abstract Expressionism— and risked rejection by the art world. But today his true stature is becoming apparent: He may just be the best we have.
World War I made the city the financial capital of the world. Then after World War II a very few audacious painters and passionate critics made it the cultural capital as well. Here is how they seized the torch from Europe.