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Name  Charles Eaton
Role  Poet

Died  March 22, 2006
Education  Princeton University
Charles Edward Eaton The Bride Is a Motive of Memory by Charles Edward Eaton Poetry

Nominations  National Book Award for Poetry
Books  The labyrinth, The jogger by the sea, Between the Devil and the D, The man from Buena Vista, The Work of the Sun: New and

Literary North Carolina: Winston-Salem and Charles Edward Eaton

Charles Edward Eaton (1916–2006) was an American poet and professor.



He was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. Eaton received his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1936, studied at Princeton, and received his M.A. degree from Harvard, where he worked with Robert Frost, who later recommended him to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Eaton served as Vice Consul in Brazil, 1942–1946, and as professor of creative writing at UNC, 1946-1952. In 1950, he married Isabel Patterson of Pittsburgh.

His papers are at the University of North Carolina.


  • Golden Rose Award
  • 1981 Arvon Foundation competition winner
  • Poetry

  • The shadow of the swimmer. Fine Editions Press. 1951. 
  • Countermoves. Abelard-Schuman. 1962. 
  • On the edge of the knife. Abelard-Schuman. 1970. 
  • The man in the green chair. A. S. Barnes. 1977. ISBN 978-0-498-02040-7. 
  • Colophon of the rover: poems. A. S. Barnes. 1980. ISBN 978-0-498-02324-8. 
  • The thing king. Associated University Presses. 1982. ISBN 978-0-8453-4743-0. 
  • The work of the wrench. Associated University Presses. 1985. ISBN 978-0-8453-4794-2. 
  • New and Selected Poems, 1942-1987. Associated University Presses. 1987. ISBN 978-0-8453-4807-9. 
  • A guest on mild evenings. Associated University Presses. 1991. ISBN 978-0-8453-4831-4. 
  • A lady of pleasure. Associated University Presses. 1993. ISBN 978-0-8453-4847-5. 
  • The country of the blue. Associated University Presses. 1994. ISBN 978-0-8453-4850-5. 
  • The fox and I. Associated University Presses. 1996. ISBN 978-0-8453-4861-1. 
  • The Scout in Summer. Associated University Presses. 1999. ISBN 978-0-8453-4866-6. 
  • The Jogger by the Sea. Associated University Presses. 2000. ISBN 978-0-8453-4872-7. 
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Associated University Presses. 2002. ISBN 978-0-8453-4883-3. 
  • The Labyrinth. Associated University Presses. 2004. ISBN 978-0-8453-4888-8. 
  • The work of the sun: new and selected poems, 1991-2002. Associated University Presses. 2004. ISBN 978-0-8453-4887-1. 
  • Stories

  • New and Selected Stories, 1959-1989. Associated University Presses. 1989. ISBN 978-0-8453-4821-5. 
  • Non-Fiction

  • The man from Buena Vista: selected nonfiction, 1944-2000. Associated University Presses. 2001. ISBN 978-0-8453-4878-9. 
  • References

    Charles Edward Eaton Wikipedia