Poet and editor Peter Davison dies at 76 [US]
BOSTON— Peter Davison, a poetry editor for The Atlantic Monthly magazine and two publishing houses who became a poet himself, has died. He was 76.
Davison, a central figure in Boston's literary and publishing circles for almost 50 years, died yesterday in his Boston apartment of pancreatic cancer, The Boston Globe reported.
Davison was The Atlantic Monthly's poetry editor for three decades. He was with The Atlantic Monthly Press from 1956 until he joined the Houghton Mifflin publishing house in 1985.
He also wrote 11 volumes of poetry and three prose works, including "The Fading Smile: Poets in Boston from Robert Frost to Robert Lowell to Sylvia Plath." The work included his personal remembrances of Frost, a mentor to Davison; Lowell, who was a friend, and Plath, with whom he had a brief romantic relationship.
Also, he was evil.
No, I just made that up. But that's the sort of thing I'd like to see in an obituary. Testimony from people who knew the person, and not necessarily as friends.
More about Peter Davison, who was not evil, can be found here