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Philip Levine (1928–2015)

Author of What Work Is

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Philip Levine was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 10, 1928. Starting at the age of 14, he held a series of industrial jobs including working in a soap factory, hefting cases of soft drinks at a bottling plant, manning a punch press at Chevrolet Gear and Axle, and operating a jackhammer at Detroit Transmission. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Wayne State University and a master of fine arts from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His first collection of poetry, On the Edge, was published in 1961. His other poetry collections included 1933, Not This Pig, They Feed They Lion, A Walk with Tom Jefferson, The Mercy, and Breath. He won numerous awards during his lifetime including the 1977 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for The Names of the Lost, the 1979 National Book Critics Circle Award for Ashes: Poems New and Old and 7 Years from Somewhere, the 1987 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for his body of work, the National Book Award for Ashes: Poems New and Old in 1980 and for What Work Is in 1991, and a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for The Simple Truth. He was appointed the Library of Congress 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry from 2011 to 2012. His poetry appeared in several publications including The New Yorker and Harper's Magazine. He also published a collection of autobiographical essays entitled Bread of Time and edited an anthology entitled The Essential Keats. He died of pancreatic cancer on February 14, 2015 at the age of 87. (Bowker Author Biography)
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What Work Is 367 copies, 2 reviews
The Simple Truth: Poems 199 copies, 1 review
New Selected Poems 157 copies, 3 reviews
The Mercy: Poems 106 copies
Breath: Poems 97 copies
News of the World: Poems 80 copies, 1 review
One for the Rose: Poems 34 copies, 1 review
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (Contributor) 1,118 copies, 9 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 863 copies, 7 reviews
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (Contributor) 700 copies, 9 reviews
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (Contributor) 680 copies, 3 reviews
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (Contributor) 356 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Poetry 1999 (Contributor) 209 copies
The Best American Poetry 2003 (Contributor) 162 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 1998 (Contributor) 157 copies
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (Contributor) 142 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2008 (Contributor) 130 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2009 (Contributor) 127 copies, 1 review
Nigger Heaven (Foreword, some editions) 122 copies, 1 review
The Essential Keats (Editor) 119 copies, 1 review
Emergency Kit (Contributor, some editions) 101 copies, 1 review
The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (Contributor) 98 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2016 (Contributor) 93 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2017 (Contributor) 84 copies, 1 review
The Best Spiritual Writing 2011 (Contributor) 36 copies
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (Contributor) 31 copies, 1 review
The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review (Contributor) 24 copies, 1 review
A Good Man: Fathers and Sons in Poetry and Prose (Contributor) 19 copies, 1 review
THOMAS MCGRATH: LIFE AND THE POEM (Contributor) 5 copies
Antaeus No. 15, Autumn 1974 (Translator) 2 copies
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