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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Although John Hall Wheelock employed a prose section in his first volume of poetry, he remained largely devoted to poetic expression throughout his writing life. His What Is Poetry? (1963) was also dedicated to his preferred art.

Wheelock engaged in important work as editor, however. Of significance was Editor to Author: The Letters of Maxwell E. Perkins, to which he supplied an introduction. He also edited the influential anthology series Poets of Today, issued in eight volumes from 1954 to 1961. Among the previously unpublished poets he introduced in these volumes were May Swenson, James Dickey, and Louis Simpson.