Randall Jarrell (1914-1965) was born in Tennessee and graduated from Vanderbilt. A poet, novelist, translator, and critic as well as writer for children, Jarrell was a prolific author whose best-known works include the poems collected in The Woman at the Washington Zoo
and The Lost World
, the academic comedy Pictures from an Institution
, the children’s story The Bat Poet
, and Poetry and the Age
, a group of essays. An influential critic who, as poetry reviewer for The Nation
, helped to launch the careers of Robert Lowell and other contemporaries, Jarrell taught for many years at the University of North Carolina, where he was much revered. He died in a car accident in 1965.