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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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New and Selected Poems: Volume One 979 copies, 11 reviews
Upstream: Selected Essays 616 copies, 18 reviews
Thirst: Poems 605 copies, 12 reviews
A Thousand Mornings 604 copies, 24 reviews
Why I Wake Early: New Poems 570 copies, 8 reviews
American Primitive 540 copies, 6 reviews
New and Selected Poems 540 copies, 5 reviews
Dog Songs: Poems 515 copies, 32 reviews
Dream Work 492 copies, 10 reviews
House of Light 332 copies, 9 reviews
Felicity 326 copies, 17 reviews
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (Contributor, some editions) 644 copies, 3 reviews
Ten Poems to Change Your Life (Contributor) 301 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Essays 2001 (Contributor) 214 copies
The Best American Essays 1998 (Contributor) 176 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2006 (Contributor) 172 copies, 5 reviews
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 163 copies, 19 reviews
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (Contributor) 142 copies, 1 review
The Best American Essays 1996 (Contributor) 120 copies
The Best American Poetry 2009 (Contributor) 118 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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