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David Ferry was born in Orange, New Jersey, in 1924. He completed his education at Amherst College and Harvard University, and served as a Sergeant in the United States Army Air Force from 1943 to 1946. His books of poetry and translation include "His Epistles of Horace: A Translation," "Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations," "The Eclogues of Virgil," "The Odes of Horace: A Translation," "Dwelling Places: Poems and Translations," "Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse" "Strangers: A Book of Poems," "On the Way to the Islan" and "The Limits of Mortality: An Essay on Wordsworth's Major Poems."
Ferry has won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the Bingham Poetry Prize from Boston Book Review, the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry and was a finalist for The New Yorker Book Award and the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award.
Ferry read from his work on Nov. 20, 2008, in Cornell's AD White House. The event is part of the Creative Writing Program's fall 2008 Reading Series, which features established and emerging artists.