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Double Exposure: Richard Lyons
Double Exposure: Richard Lyons
TitleDouble Exposure: Richard Lyons
Date of Original199-?
DescriptionRichard Lyons standing against a wall, in front of a clock, next to a painted portrait of himself.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectPeople
Subject (LCTGM)Clocks & watches
Older people
Personal NameLyons, Richard
LocationUnited States
Item Number2090.2.9
Format of OriginalColor photographic prints
Color images
Dimensions of Original20 x 30 cm.
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title handwritten on back of print.
Biography/HistoryRichard Eugene Lyons was born June 19, 1920 at Detroit, Michigan, the son of Frank C. and Daisy (Sweeny) Lyons. After graduating from high school he attended the University of Dayton for two years. He then went to Miami University at Oxford, Ohio where he earned a B.A. degree in 1942. After several years working in Dayton and recovering from tuberculosis, he returned in 1946 to Miami University to work on a master's degree that he received in 1947. Mr. Lyons then became an English instructor there for a year. In 1948 he went to Indiana University to begin work on a Ph.D. degree. In 1950 after two years, Mr. Lyons came to North Dakota Agricultural College where he held a duel position as order librarian and instructor in English. His early work connected with the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies where he researched a proposed anthology of North Dakota writers. In 1959 Mr. Lyons returned full time to the English Department, and that same year he took a sabbatical leave to attend the University of Minnesota where he completed his course work towards a degree in American Studies. Mr. Lyons returned to North Dakota State University to teach English until his retirement in 1981. Lyons was a published poet and a graphic artist. Though he concentrated on poetry, he exhibited his prints nationally and some of his writing concerns the visual arts. At Miami University, he was a member of the Poet's Circle. Numerous poems by Mr. Lyons have been published in periodicals including The New Yorker, The Virginia Quarterly Review and The Kenyon Review. His first major work was Men and Tin Kettles (1956). Other publications include One Squeaking Straw (1958), Paintings in Taxicabs ( a study of art consumers in North Dakota, 1965), Above Time (1968), editor of Poetry North: Five Poets of North Dakota (1970), Racer and Lame (1975) and Scanning the Land (1980). In addition to these publications, Mr. Lyons also operated a small printing press in his home on which he produced the publications of Merrykit Press. His first Merrykit publication was Eclogues in Blue (1947). Richard Lyons was a member of the College English Association, the American Studies Association, the Rourke Art Gallery and Phi Kappa Phi. He was married in 1942 to Marjorie Dunkel. They had two children, Christopher and Cressida. Lyons retired from NDSU in 1982 and moved to Newark, Delaware. Marjorie Lyons died in 1983. In 1994 he moved to Gardiner, Maine, where he continued to write and publish poetry. Richard Lyons died January 29, 2000.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionRichard Lyons Photograph Collection 2090
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (2090.2.9)
Digital IDrs002140
Original SourcePhotograph
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