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Oppen, George

Born: 1908 AD
Died: 1984 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Poets

1908 – Born in New Rochelle, New York on the 4th of April.

1917 – The family moved to San Francisco where Oppen attended Warren Military Academy.

1926 – Oppen started attending Oregon State Agricultural College. Here he met Mary Colby, a fiercely independent young woman from Grants Pass, Oregon.

1929 – He and Mary spent some time in New York, where they met Louis Zukofsky, Charles Reznikoff, musician Tibor Serly, and designer Russel Wright, among others.

       – George came into a small inheritance which meant that they had relative financial independence.

1930 – They moved to California and then to France, where, thanks to their financial input.

1933 – The Oppens returned to New York where, together with Williams, Zukofsky and Reznikoff, they set up the Objectivist Press.

1936 – Oppen abandoned poetry and joined the Communist Party serving as election campaign manager for Brooklyn and helping organize the Utica New York Milk Strike.

1943 – Oppen was deferred from military service while working in the defense industry. Disillusioned by the CPUSA and wanting to assist in the fight against fascism.

1945 – He was awarded the Purple Heart and returned to New York.

1975 – Oppen was able to complete and see into publication his Collected Poems.

1984 – Died on the 7th of July.