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(Poets and Poetry in America)

William Meredith worked as the opera critic for Hudson Review from 1955 to 1956. He wrote the libretto, based on a Robert Louis Stevenson story, for Peter Whiton’s opera The Bottle Imp, which was produced in 1958. Meredith edited and introduced a selected edition of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poetry (1962); in 1968, along with Mackie L. Jarrell, he edited and introduced Eighteenth Century English Minor Poets. He translated Guillaume Apollinaire’s poetry in a work that appeared in 1964 as Alcools: Poems, 1898-1913. In 1986, a volume of Bulgarian poetry, edited and introduced by Meredith, was published. His first nonfiction book, Poems Are Hard to Read, was published in 1991. In addition, he wrote a variety of reviews and essays.