This day in Jamaican History: Louis Simpson

Photo: Poetry Foundation

Louis Simpson (1923–2012)- Photo: Poetry Foundation

Jamaican-American Poet, critic, and educator Louis Simpson was born on March 27, 1923. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He migrated to the United States in 1940. He won the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his work At The End Of The Open Road. Simpson was the son of Rosalind (née Marantz) and Aston Simpson, a lawyer. His father was of Scottish and African ancestry. His mother was born in Russia (Simpson did not find out that she was Jewish until his teenage years). He passed away on September 18, 2012.

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