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John Hollander (1929–2013)

Author of Rhyme's Reason: A Guide to English Verse

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About the Author

John Hollander has edited several Everyman's Library Pocket Poet volumes, including "Robert Frost", "Christmas Poems", "War Poems", "Marriage Poems", "Animal Poems", & "Garden Poems". He is the A. Bartlett Biamatti Professor of English at Yale University, & the author of numerous books of poetry & show more criticism. He was made a MacArthur Fellow in 1990. (Publisher Provided) John Hollander was born in Manhattan, New York on October 28, 1929. He received a B.A. in 1950 and a master's degree in 1952 from Columbia University and a doctorate in 1959 from Indiana University. He taught at Connecticut College, Hunter College, and Yale University, where he was named Sterling Professor of English in 1995 and retired in 2002. As a young poet, he fell under the influence of W. H. Auden and it was Auden who selected Hollander's first collection of poems, A Crackling of Thorns, for the Yale Series of Younger Poets, which was published it in 1958 with an introduction by Auden. During his lifetime he wrote several collections of poetry including The Night Mirror: Poems, Harp Lake, Tesserae, and A Draft of Light. He also wrote many works of criticism including The Untuning of the Sky: Ideas of Music in English Poetry, 1500-1700, Vision and Resonance, The Gazer's Spirit, and The Work of Poetry. He edited the two-volume collection American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century for the Library of America. He died of pulmonary congestion on August 17, 2013 at the age of 83. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by John Hollander

Committed to Memory: 100 Best Poems to Memorize (1996) — Editor — 422 copies
Poetry for Young People: Animal Poems (2004) — Editor — 312 copies
American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century {complete} (1993) — Editor — 164 copies
The Best American Poetry 1998 (1998) — Editor — 160 copies
Animal Poems (1994) 152 copies
American Wits: An Anthology of Light Verse (2003) — Editor — 131 copies
War Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) (1999) — Editor — 90 copies
The Work of Poetry (1997) 60 copies
Selected Poetry (1993) 46 copies
Poems of Our Moment (1968) 36 copies
Tesserae and Other Poems (1993) 33 copies
THE UNTUNING OF THE SKY (1970) 26 copies
Jiggery Pokery (1967) 23 copies
Picture Window: Poems (2003) 21 copies
Harp Lake (1988) 20 copies
A Draft of Light: Poems (2008) 17 copies
Powers of thirteen, poems (1983) 16 copies
The Wind and the Rain (1967) — Editor — 14 copies
Figurehead: And Other Poems (1999) 10 copies
The night mirror; poems (1971) 10 copies
Visions from the Ramble (1965) 9 copies
The Quest of the Gole (1966) 6 copies
A Book of Various Owls (1963) 5 copies
Selected Poems (1972) 2 copies
Swan and shadow (1969) 1 copy
Kinneret 1 copy
Philomel 1 copy

Associated Works

The Sonnets (1609) — Introduction, some editions — 8,437 copies
Spoon River Anthology (1914) — Introduction, some editions — 3,388 copies
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contributor — 1,228 copies
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contributor, some editions — 902 copies
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) — Contributor — 759 copies
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Contributor — 737 copies
Complete Stories: 1892–1898 (1996) — Editor — 336 copies
Complete Stories: 1898–1910 (1996) — Editor — 315 copies
The Best American Poetry 2001 (2001) — Contributor — 219 copies
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Contributor — 208 copies
The Best American Poetry 2004 (2004) — Contributor — 197 copies
The Best American Poetry 1994 (1994) — Contributor — 169 copies
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contributor — 160 copies
Selected Poems 1923-1967 (1970) — Translator — 114 copies
The Best American Poetry 1992 (1992) — Contributor — 101 copies
The State of the Language [1990] (1979) — Contributor — 89 copies
Emma Lazarus: Selected Poems (2005) — Editor — 72 copies
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Contributor — 68 copies
American Sonnets: An Anthology (2007) — Contributor — 65 copies
Partisan Review: The 50th Anniversary Edition (1905) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Yale Younger Poets Anthology (1998) — Contributor — 33 copies
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Contributor — 28 copies
Selected Songs of Thomas Campion (1972) — Introduction — 14 copies
The Paris Review 167 2003 Fall (2003) — Contributor — 12 copies
Discovery No. 2 (1953) — Contributor — 9 copies
Steinberg at the Smithsonian (1973) — Foreword — 8 copies
The Noble Savage 3 (1961) — Contributor — 5 copies


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Date of death
New York, New York, USA
Place of death
Branford, Connecticut, USA
Places of residence
Woodbridge, Connecticut, USA
Columbia University
literary critic
Trilling, Lionel (teacher)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature, 1979)
Awards and honors
Bollingen Prize (1983)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award (Literature ∙ 1963)
Poet Laureate of Connecticut
Frost Medal (2007)
Short biography
John Hollander wrote and edited numerous books of poetry and criticism including, Picture Window (Alfred A. Knopf, 2003) and A Crackling of Thorns (Yale University Press, 1958), which was chosen by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. A former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and former poet laureate of Connecticut, he taught at Connecticut College, Hunter College, the CUNY Graduate Center, and Yale, where he was the Sterling Professor emeritus of English. Hollander died on August 17, 2013, at the age of 83.



Good Lord do I hate Walt Whitman. The other reviewer of this volume has been brainwashed. He believes Whitman is any good (let alone the best thing in the volume) because he's been told to believe it. Whitman is trash. Whitman didn't write poetry. Whitman is the worst thing to ever happen to American poetry. Imagine worshipping Whitman and denigrating Longfellow -- Longfellow!
judeprufrock | 1 other review | Jul 4, 2023 |
The Library of America is like an archive of the best America offers in its authors. These are American poets lived in the 1800's.
poetspirit | Apr 25, 2022 |
I came to this book in a round-about way looking for more info about Edwin Arlington Robinson after confusing him with Edgar Lee Masters. This was one of the few books that carried his work. The collection of poems found here are clever and sharp, mostly highlighting the 20th century. The usual suspects appear: Dorothy Parker, Ogden Nash, Kenneth Koch whose riffs on William Carlos Williams are hilarious. But there are also a few from Robert Frost, E.B. White and W.H. Auden who seem less playful in the works I've read prior to this. The fun part of this is that many of the poems and poets skewer each other and famous people of the time. Cultural and literary references abound showing the writers to have a good pulse on their generation.… (more)
CarrieWuj | 2 other reviews | Oct 24, 2020 |



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