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Archibald MacLeish

Archibald MacLeish
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Milton Elting Hebald, 24 May 1917 - 5 Jan 2015
Archibald MacLeish, 7 May 1892 - 20 Apr 1982
1984 cast of 1957 original
38cm (14 15/16"), Accurate
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Archibald MacLeish always appeared torn between writing poems and the role that the poet might play in the public culture. That the attractions of public life ultimately won out was hardly a tragedy, but MacLeish’s writing has been devalued as a result. MacLeish won the Pulitzer Prize for his long poem Conquistador (1932), whose subject was the explorer Hernando Cortez. During the 1930s and after, MacLeish more and more became a public intellectual and a critic of contemporary life, arguing that modern customs had enervated and weakened the morals of modern society and contributed to the rise of totalitarianism.
Milton Hebald [1917-2015]; purchased NPG 1984
Previous Owner: Commissioned By Macleish For Academy Of Arts And Letters
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