Ernest Hilbert, Ph.D.

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Poetry Concentration Faculty

B.A., Rutgers University
MSt, Oxford University
Ph.D., Oxford University


Ernest Hilbert received his doctorate in English Literature from Oxford University, where he edited the Oxford Quarterly and studied with Jon Stallworthy, editor of the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, and James Fenton, then Professor of Poetry at Oxford. Hilbert is the author of two collections of poetry, Sixty Sonnets (2009), described by critic X.J. Kennedy as “maybe the most arresting sequence we have had since John Berryman checked out of America,” and All of You on the Good Earth (2013), which has been hailed as a “wonder of a book,” “original and essential,” an example of “sheer mastery of poetic form,” containing “some of the most elegant poems in American literature since the loss of Anthony Hecht.” His poems have appeared in The New Republic, Yale Review, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Parnassus, Boston Review, Verse, New Criterion, American Scholar, and the London Review as well as a number of anthologies, including the Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (2009) and two Penguin classroom anthologies, Poetry and Literature (both 2011). He also supplies opera libretti for contemporary composers Stella Sung, Daniel Felsenfeld, and Christopher LaRosa. Hilbert is a senior specialist at Bauman Rare Books in Philadelphia, where he lives with his wife, Lynn Makowsky.

Ernest Hilbert's curriculum vitae