Brian Blanchfield

Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently Proxies: Essays Near Knowing. The recipient of a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction and the 2014 James Laughlin Award, he currently lives in Iowa City, where he is a visiting faculty member at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
March 31, 2017

He was a modernist scholar, one of the earliest, and for decades a leading translator of ancient Greek poetry; but he also wrote with authority on the social history of the pear, Mother Ann Lee and Shaker aesthetics, Dogon cosmogony, the anthropology of table manners, 2 Timothy and the Pauline doctrine, Louis Agassiz, Eudora Welty, geodesic domes, the paintings of Balthus, and the behavior of wasps—which he fed in his home from a saucer of sugar water. He himself subsisted on fried bologna sandwiches and Marlboros.