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Born on January 12, 1929, Turner Cassity started writing poetry at the age of fifteen. His books include Watchboy, What of the Night?(1966); Steeplejacks in Babel (1973); a verse play Silver Out of Shanghai (1973); Yellow for Peril, Black for Beautiful (1975); The Defense of the Sugar Islands(1979); Phaëthon unter den Linden (1979); Keys to Mayerling (1983); The Airship Boys in Africa (1984); a verse play The Book of Alna (1985); Hurricane Lamp (1986); Lessons (1987); a book-length poem To the Lost City, or, the Sins of Nineveh (1989); Between the Chains (1991); The Destructive Element: New and Selected Poems (1998); No Second Eden (2002); and Devils and Islands (2007), for which Cassity received a Georgia Author of the Year Award from the Georgia Writers Association. He also received the Levinson Prize for Poetry, the Michael Braude Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. He died in Atlanta on July 26, 2009.