George Dillon

George Dillon (1906-1968). Courtesy PoemHunter.

George Hill Dillon (November 12, 1906 – May 9, 1968) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet and editor.


Dillon was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but spent his childhood in Kentucky and the Mid-West. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1927 with a degree in English.

He was the editor for Poetry magazine from 1937 to 1949, during which time he also served in World War II.[1]

Though included in several contemporary anthologies, Dillon's poetry is largely out of print. He is perhaps best known as one of the many lovers of Edna St. Vincent Millay (whom he met in 1928 at the University of Chicago, where she was giving a reading). Dillon was the inspiration for Millay's epic 52-sonnet sequence Fatal Interview, and they later collaborated on translations from Charles Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal in 1936.



  • Boy in the Wind. New York: Viking Press, 1927.
  • The Flowering Stone, New York: Viking Press, 1931.

Bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. "History:Poetry Magazine," The Poetry Foundation, Web, June 25, 2011.
  2. 1932 Winners, The Pulitzer Prizes. Web.
  3. Search results=George Dillon, WorldCat, Web, July 9, 2012.

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