Philip Appleman, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of English at Indiana University, published eight volumes of poetry, among which is New and Selected Poems, 1956-1996 (University of Arkansas Press, 1996); three novels, including Apes and Angels (Putnam, 1989); and half a dozen nonfiction books, including the widely used Norton Critical Edition, Darwin. His poetry and fiction have won many awards, including a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Friend of Darwin Award from the National Center for Science Education, and the Humanist Arts Award of the American Humanist Association, and have appeared in scores of publications, including Harper's Magazine, The Nation, New Republic, New York Times, Paris Review, Partisan Review, Poetry, Sewanee Review, and Yale Review. He gave readings of his poetry at the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim Museum, the Huntington Library, and many universities, and was a member of the Poetry Society of America, the Academy of American Poets, PEN American Center, and the Authors Guild of America. He was listed in Who's Who in America and in Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Vol. 18.
Appleman earned his degrees from Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Lyon. During World War II he served in the US Army Air Corps and was a merchant marine after.
Paul Appleman died on April 11, 2020, at the age of 94.