Leonard, William Ellery, —, American poet, b. Plainfield, N. Boston Univ. Columbia, For many years he was professor of English at the Univ. Of his numerous volumes of poetry the most famous is Two Lives , a sonnet sequence relating the tragic story of his first marriage, which ended in his young wife's suicide. His psychological autobiography, The Locomotive God , describes his distance phobia. Leonard wrote many scholarly works, notably translations of Beowulf and of the writings of Lucretius.
References in periodicals archive? However, by , he was unable to financially support his family with this profession. Three years later, he returned to ministry.
He accepted an appointment with a Unitarian church in Bolton's Landing, Massachusetts and moved the family there. Leonard's mother, Mattie, was a proponent of the pseudoscientific study of graphology and taught kindergarten. Leonard attended his mother's class for five years, studied with his father at home, and did not enter public school until he was nine. During his adolescence, Leonard gained an appreciation for literature. Frustrated that his impoverished parents could not afford college, Leonard took a job out of high school as a door-to-door salesman.
On a day off, he took a trip to Boston to visit the Massachusetts Genealogical Society. However, his guidebook had the wrong address and Leonard instead wound up at the College of Liberal Arts at Boston University. A clerk invited Leonard to speak with the dean of the school, who offered Leonard a tuition scholarship. He was also the editor of the university biweekly newspaper, the University Beacon.
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Leonard received his B. Harvard University , impressed with Leonard's undergraduate achievements, offered to allow Leonard to study there for a master's degree in one year, instead of the customary two. While studying there, Leonard was offered a temporary position to replace a professor of Latin at Boston University. Czech American Bibliography. Miloslav Rechcigl. Both Hands. Sandra Campbell. Klein The Letters. Donald Horne. Margaret Laurence.
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