Pulitzer Prize poet Robert Lowell, Harvard University, read some of his poetry for the Class of 1928 and Changing American Culture Lecture.  Lowell’s first Pulitzer Prize (1947) was for his second collection, Lord Weary’s Castle (1946).  History, For Lizzie and Harriet and The Dolphin, for which he won the prize in 1974, appeared in 1973.

Robert Lowell read from his work and that of Elizabeth Bishop '34 in April 1966, when he and his wife, critic and essayist Elizabeth Hardwick visited Vassar.