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W. S. Merwin was born William Stanley Merwin in New York City on September 30, 1927. He received a bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1948 and did some graduate work there in Romance languages. He worked as a tutor and translator while writing poetry. In 1952, his first collection of poetry, A Mask for Janus, was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Prize. He wrote numerous collections of poetry including Green with Beasts, The Moving Target, The Lice, The Compass Flower, The Rain in the Trees, The River Sound, The Moon Before Morning, and Garden Time. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for The Carrier of Ladders and in 2009 for The Shadow of Sirius, the National Book Award in 2005 for Migration: New and Selected Poems, and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for The Vixen. He also published essays, short fiction, memoirs, and translations of Dante, Pablo Neruda, and Osip Mandelstam. Merwin's other works included Unframed Originals, The Lost Upland, The Ends of the Earth, and Summer Doorways. He also received the Bollingen Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the PEN Translation Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Tanning Prize and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award. He died on March 15, 2019 at the age of 91. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Shadow of Sirius 292 copies, 8 reviews
Migration: New & Selected Poems 198 copies, 1 review
The Rain in the Trees 148 copies, 1 review
The First Four Books of Poems 128 copies, 1 review
The Lice 104 copies, 4 reviews
The Mays of Ventadorn 92 copies, 1 review
Travels 84 copies
Selected Poems 84 copies
The Vixen 78 copies
Present Company 77 copies, 1 review
The Miner's Pale Children 73 copies, 1 review
The Moon Before Morning 71 copies, 1 review
The Folding Cliffs: A Narrative 69 copies, 3 reviews
Flower & Hand: Poems, 1977-1983 65 copies, 2 reviews
Garden Time 64 copies, 5 reviews
Summer Doorways 56 copies, 3 reviews
The River Sound: Poems 53 copies, 2 reviews
The Carrier of Ladders: Poems 52 copies, 1 review
The Essential W.S. Merwin 50 copies, 3 reviews
The Book of Fables 46 copies, 2 reviews
Lament for the Makers: A Memorial Anthology (Editor) 44 copies, 1 review
The Moving Target 43 copies, 1 review
The Ends of the Earth: Essays 38 copies, 2 reviews
Asian figures 19 copies
Green with Beasts 14 copies, 1 review
A Mask for Janus 8 copies, 1 review
The Dancing Bears 5 copies, 1 review
Animae 5 copies
Cuatro salmos 3 copies
Signs 2 copies, 1 review
Mary 1 copy
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Translator, some editions) 7,636 copies, 96 reviews
Walden / Civil Disobedience (Introduction, some editions) 6,842 copies, 44 reviews
Purgatorio (Translator, some editions) 6,567 copies, 48 reviews
The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes (Translator, some editions) 2,245 copies, 48 reviews
Selected Poems (Translator, some editions) 1,126 copies, 11 reviews
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
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (Contributor) 680 copies, 3 reviews
The Selected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca (Translator) 658 copies, 7 reviews
American Gothic Tales (Contributor) 416 copies, 5 reviews
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 416 copies, 1 review
Contemporary American Poetry (Contributor, some editions) 358 copies, 1 review
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (Contributor) 356 copies, 3 reviews
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (Contributor) 330 copies, 9 reviews
Ten Poems to Change Your Life (Contributor) 315 copies, 4 reviews
The Treasury of American Short Stories (Contributor) 250 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2000 (Contributor) 206 copies
The Best American Poetry 2002 (Contributor) 176 copies, 1 review
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 172 copies, 20 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2003 (Contributor) 162 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 1994 (Contributor) 161 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 1996 (Contributor) 160 copies, 1 review
Last of the Curlews (Introduction, some editions) 158 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Poetry 1998 (Contributor) 157 copies
A Zen Wave: Basho's Haiku & Zen (Foreword, some editions) 143 copies, 2 reviews
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
The Satires of Persius (Translator, some editions) 115 copies
The Best American Poetry 2010 (Contributor) 111 copies, 3 reviews
Selected Poems 1923-1967 (Translator) 107 copies
Voices (Translator, some editions) 93 copies, 3 reviews
The Architect's Brother (Contributor, some editions) 83 copies
A Thousand Years of Vietnamese Poetry (Translator, some editions) 27 copies
Songs of the Women Troubadours (Foreword) 19 copies
A Good Man: Fathers and Sons in Poetry and Prose (Contributor) 19 copies, 1 review
New voices (Contributor) 6 copies
Antaeus No. 15, Autumn 1974 (Translator) 2 copies
New World Writing - Number 12 (Contributor) 2 copies
Antaeus No. 23, Autumn 1976 (Contributor) 1 copy

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