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Mary Oliver (1) [1935–2019]

This page covers the author of A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry.

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Mary Oliver was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 10, 1935. She attended Ohio State University and Vassar College, but did not receive a degree. Her first collection of poems, No Voyage and Other Poems, was published in 1963. She wrote more than 20 volumes of poetry including The River Styx, Ohio; The Leaf and the Cloud; Evidence; Blue Horses; and Felicity. She received several awards including the Pulitzer Prize for American Primitive, the Christopher Award and the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for House of Light, and the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems. Her books of prose include A Poetry Handbook, Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse, and Long Life: Essays and Other Writings. She held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Bennington College from 1995 to 2001. She died on January 17, 2019 at the age of 83. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry
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New and Selected Poems: Volume One 1,095 copies, 11 reviews
Upstream: Selected Essays 791 copies, 20 reviews
A Thousand Mornings: Poems 713 copies, 25 reviews
Thirst: Poems 666 copies, 14 reviews
Why I Wake Early: New Poems 640 copies, 8 reviews
Dog Songs: Poems 639 copies, 32 reviews
American Primitive 603 copies, 6 reviews
New and Selected Poems 572 copies, 5 reviews
Dream Work 558 copies, 11 reviews
Felicity 413 copies, 17 reviews
House of Light 372 copies, 9 reviews
Red Bird: Poems 345 copies, 7 reviews
Blue Horses: Poems 341 copies, 14 reviews
Evidence: Poems 260 copies, 22 reviews
West Wind: Poems and Prose Poems 233 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Essays 2009 222 copies, 2 reviews
Blue Iris: Poems and Essays 209 copies, 2 reviews
White Pine: Poems and Prose Poems 203 copies, 2 reviews
Blue Pastures 201 copies, 1 review
The Leaf and the Cloud: A Poem 194 copies, 2 reviews
Swan: Poems and Prose Poems 193 copies, 7 reviews
Twelve Moons 151 copies, 4 reviews
Our World 102 copies, 2 reviews
Wild Geese 54 copies, 1 review
Singapore 1 copy
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (Contributor) 1,126 copies, 9 reviews
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (Contributor, some editions) 685 copies, 3 reviews
Ten Poems to Change Your Life (Contributor) 319 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Essays 2001 (Contributor) 230 copies
The Best American Poetry 1999 (Contributor) 209 copies
The Best American Poetry 2000 (Contributor) 207 copies
The Best American Poetry 2006 (Contributor) 190 copies, 5 reviews
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (Contributor) 190 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Essays 1998 (Contributor) 187 copies, 1 review
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 173 copies, 20 reviews
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (Contributor) 147 copies, 1 review
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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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