R ichard Wilbur published his first book of poems, The Beautiful Changes and Other Poems, in 1947. Other volumes include Collected Poems, 1943-2004 (Harvest Books, 2004); Mayflies: New Poems and Translations (2000); New and Collected Poems (1988), which won the Pulitzer Prize; The Mind-Reader: New Poems (1976); Walking to Sleep: New Poems and Translations (1969); Advice to a Prophet and Other Poems (1961); Things of This World (1956), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; and Ceremony and Other Poems (1950).

Wilbur has also published numerous translations of French playsspecifically those of the 17th century French dramatists Molière and Jean Racineas well as poetry by Valéry, Villon, Baudelaire, Akhmatova, Brodsky, and others. Wilbur is also the author of several books for children.

Among his honors are the Wallace Stevens Award, the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Frost Medal, the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two Bollingen Prizes, the T. S. Eliot Award, a Ford Foundation Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Memorial Award, the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award, the National Arts Club medal of honor for literature, two PEN translation awards, the Prix de Rome Fellowship, and the Shelley Memorial Award. He was elected a chevalier of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques and has served as Poet Laureate of the United States.

A Chancellor Emeritus of The Academy of American Poets, Richard Wilbur divides his time between Cummington, Massachusetts and Key West, Florida.