Mary Oliver in 2010.
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- A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry 1,123 copies, 10 reviews
- New and Selected Poems: Volume One 858 copies, 9 reviews
- Thirst: Poems 546 copies, 8 reviews
- Why I Wake Early: New Poems 492 copies, 7 reviews
- American Primitive 477 copies, 6 reviews
- A Thousand Mornings 459 copies, 21 reviews
- New and Selected Poems: Volume Two 459 copies, 7 reviews
- New and Selected Poems 456 copies, 6 reviews
- Dream Work 405 copies, 5 reviews
- Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse 354 copies, 4 reviews
- Dog Songs 353 copies, 27 reviews
- Upstream: selected essays 348 copies, 13 reviews
- House of Light 287 copies, 6 reviews
- Red Bird: Poems 278 copies, 7 reviews
- Evidence: Poems 210 copies, 22 reviews
- Long Life: Essays and Other Writings 204 copies, 4 reviews
- Felicity 202 copies, 12 reviews
- The Best American Essays 2009 195 copies, 2 reviews
- Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver 183 copies, 4 reviews
- Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems 180 copies, 3 reviews
- Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays 178 copies, 5 reviews
- Blue Horses: Poems 177 copies, 8 reviews
- West Wind: Poems and Prose Poems 177 copies, 1 review
- Blue Iris: Poems and Essays 174 copies, 2 reviews
- Blue Pastures 170 copies, 1 review
- White Pine: Poems and Prose Poems 168 copies, 1 review
- What Do We Know: Poems and Prose Poems 166 copies, 3 reviews
- The Leaf and the Cloud: A Poem 161 copies, 2 reviews
- Swan: Poems and Prose Poems 142 copies, 5 reviews
- Twelve Moons 128 copies, 3 reviews
- The Truro Bear and Other Adventures: Poems and Essays 88 copies, 2 reviews
- A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry (Contributor) 629 copies, 7 reviews
- American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (Contributor) 308 copies
- Ten Poems to Change Your Life (Contributor) 273 copies, 3 reviews
- The Best American Essays 2001 (Contributor) 196 copies
- Teaching with Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach (Contributor) 177 copies, 1 review
- The Best American Essays 1998 (Contributor) 164 copies, 1 review
- The Art of Losing (Contributor) 139 copies, 18 reviews
- The Best American Essays 1996 (Contributor) 118 copies
- American Religious Poems: An Anthology (Contributor) 113 copies
- Leading from Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead (Contributor) 73 copies, 1 review
- The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (Contributor) 49 copies
- A Velocity of Being: Letters to A Young Reader (Contributor) 44 copies
- The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and… 22 copies, 1 review
- Necessary Light: poems by Patricia Fargnoli (Swenson Poetry Award) (Foreword, some editions) 16 copies, 2 reviews
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Mary Oliver (1935-2019) was born in Ohio and as a teenager lived briefly in the home of Edna St. Vincent Millay, helping Millay's family sort through the poet's papers. She attended both Ohio State University and Vassar College, though she did not receive a degree.
Her first collection of poems, No Voyage, and Other Poems, was published in 1963. Since then, she has published numerous books, including New and Selected Poems (1992), which won the National Book Award, and American Primitive (1983), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize.
"Mary Oliver's poetry is an excellent antidote for the excesses of civilization," wrote one reviewer for the Harvard Review, "for too much flurry and inattention, and the baroque conventions of our social and professional lives. She is a poet of wisdom and generosity whose vision allows us to look intimately at a world not of our making."
Her many awards include the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award.
Mary Oliver held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Bennington College until 2001.
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