A renowned American Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, lyricist, and translator, Richard Wilbur died on Sunday, October 15 at age 96.
Mr. Wilbur, who had been working in the theatre mainly as a translator, was a Tony nominee for his work as a lyricist on the 1956 Leonard Bernstein musical Candide.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, lyricist, and translator, Richard Wilbur died at age 96
Wilbur co-wrote the lyrics for Candide along with John Latouche and Dorothy Parker. The show, a musical adaptation of Voltaire's satirical novel of the same name, has featured music by Bernstein and a book by Lillian Hellman. Later the productions would include additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Candide was last revived in 1997 on Broadway, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Revival.
In the literary world, Richard Wilbur was widely known as a poet, for which he received numerous honors including two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award.
Two-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet, Richard Wilbur Has Died at Age 96
His Broadway credits as a translator include numerous French classics by Molière: Tartuffe, The School for Wives, The Misanthrope, The School for Husbands, and The Imaginary Cuckold.
Wilbur died at his Belmont's home in Massachusetts. He is survived by his four children Christopher, Ellen, Nathan, and Aaron, as well as three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His wife, Charlotte, has already passed away in 2007.