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Stanley Moss Dies Aged 99

Monday, 8 Jul 2024

No Text We are deeply saddened to share the news that Stanley Moss, a longtime friend of the press, died on Friday 5 July in New City, N.Y., at the age of 99.

Stanley was a Carcanet and PN Review poet for many years, publishing twelve editions with us, starting with Skull of Adam which came out in 1979 under Anvil and culminating with Goddamned Selected Poems, which came out in May of this year. That book was reviewed recently in the TLS, where William Wootten wrote: 'Easily and unaffectedly sharing his life, times and knowledge of the culture, history and ancient history of three continents, Moss is good, thought-provoking company'. He was a close friend of Carcanet's MD Michael Schmidt for decades. Michael's own most recent poetry publication is named after their relationship: Talking to Stanley on the Telephone came out with the Poetry Business in 2021.

Stanley Moss was born in Woodhaven, New York. He was educated at Trinity College and Yale University, and he served in the US Navy during World War II. After the war he worked at Botteghe Oscure and taught English in Rome and Barcelona. His first book of poems, The Wrong Angel, was published in 1966, and since then published The Skull of Adam (1979), The Intelligence of Clouds (1989), Asleep in the Garden (1997), A History of Color (2003), Songs of Imperfection (2005), New and Selected Poems (2006), Rejoicing (2009), No Tear is Commonplace (2013), It's About Time (2015), Abandoned Poems (2017) and Almost Complete Poems (2017). He is translated into German by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, into Chinese by Fu Hao, and into Spanish by Valerie Mejer.

Moss worked as an editor at New Directions, New American Library, Bookweek, New York Herald Tribune and New American Review. In 1977, he founded Sheep Meadow Press, a non-profit publishing company that publishes poetry and belles lettres. He made his living as a private art dealer, largely in Spanish and Italian Old Masters. He lived in Clinton Corners, New York.

A comprehensive obituary is written by Robert D. McFadden in The New York Times.
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