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About the Author

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, mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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Obras por Mary Oliver

New and Selected Poems: Volume One (1992) 1,240 exemplares
Upstream: Selected Essays (2016) 1,060 exemplares
A Thousand Mornings: Poems (2012) 897 exemplares
Dog Songs: Poems (2013) 822 exemplares
Thirst: Poems (2006) 737 exemplares
Why I Wake Early: New Poems (2004) 720 exemplares
American Primitive (1983) 696 exemplares
Dream Work (1986) 662 exemplares
New and Selected Poems (1992) 627 exemplares
New and Selected Poems: Volume Two (2004) 619 exemplares
Felicity (2016) 514 exemplares
Blue Horses: Poems (2014) 447 exemplares
House of Light (1990) 413 exemplares
Red Bird: Poems (2008) 381 exemplares
Evidence: Poems (2009) 283 exemplares
West Wind: Poems and Prose Poems (1997) 246 exemplares
Blue Iris: Poems and Essays (2004) 235 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2009 (2009) 233 exemplares
White Pine: Poems and Prose Poems (1994) 224 exemplares
Blue Pastures (1995) 214 exemplares
Swan: Poems and Prose Poems (2010) 213 exemplares
The Leaf and the Cloud: A Poem (2000) 211 exemplares
Twelve Moons (1979) 164 exemplares
Our World (2007) 119 exemplares
Wild Geese (2004) 61 exemplares
No Voyage and Other Poems (1965) 17 exemplares
The Night Traveler (1978) 6 exemplares
The Journey 2 exemplares
Mockingbirds 1 exemplar
Singapore 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contribuidor — 1,268 exemplares
A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry (1996) — Contribuidor — 835 exemplares
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Contribuidor, algumas edições762 exemplares
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Contribuidor — 416 exemplares
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Contribuidor — 373 exemplares
Ten Poems to Change Your Life (2001) — Contribuidor — 355 exemplares
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contribuidor — 238 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 237 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2000 (2000) — Contribuidor — 213 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Contribuidor — 208 exemplares
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contribuidor — 203 exemplares
Teaching with Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach (2003) — Contribuidor — 202 exemplares
The Best American Essays 1998 (1998) — Contribuidor — 191 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2006 (2006) — Contribuidor — 190 exemplares
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contribuidor — 163 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2009 (2009) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
The Best American Essays 1996 (1996) — Contribuidor — 133 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1993 (1993) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 1992 (1992) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
Leading From Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead (2007) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2012 (2012) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio (2006) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
The Poetry Cure (2005) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
A Dream of Summer: Poems for a Sensuous Season (2004) — Introdução — 18 exemplares
Necessary Light: poems by Patricia Fargnoli (Swenson Poetry Award) (1999) — Prefácio, algumas edições17 exemplares
The Analog Sea Review: Number One (2018) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Five points : a journal of literature & arts : vol. 7 no. 2 (2003) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Oliver, Mary
Nome legal
Oliver, Mary Jane
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Local de falecimento
Hobe Sound, Florida, USA
Causa da morte
Locais de residência
Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA
Bennington, Vermont, USA
Florida, USA
Maple Heights, Ohio, USA
Ohio State University
Vassar College
Cook, Molly Malone (partner)
Case Western Reserve University (teacher)
Bennington College (teacher)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1984)
National Book Award for Poetry (1992)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award (Literature, 1983)
New England Booksellers Association Award for Literary Excellence (1999)
Lannan Literary Award (Poetry, 1998)
L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award (1991) (mostrar todos 9)
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
Shelley Memorial Award (1969/1970)
Guggenheim Fellowship
Steven Barclay Agency
Bill Reichblum (literary executor)

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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.



"I quickly found for myself two such blessings -- the natural world, and the world of writing: literature. These were the gates through which I vanished through a difficult place."

In in this exquisite collection of essays, national treasure Mary Oliver uses her poetic talent and gifts of observation to reflect on topics ranging from the beauty of the natural world, to the connectedness of all beings, to the need for solitude, and the genius of some of America's literary masters. As with the poetry for which Oliver is best known, this is a quiet, reflective, and soulful book best savored rather than rushed.

4.5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Press for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
… (mais)
jj24 | 26 outras críticas | May 27, 2024 |
I'll admit it. I'm often intimidated by poetry. Many times I can't understand or find meaning in poems I've read.

I was familiar with some of Mary Oliver's most well-known poems, such as "The Summer Day", "Wild Geese", and "Why I Wake Early", but wouldn't have read this entire book if it wasn't for a challenge for National Poetry month.

I'm very glad that I took the time to go through this book poem by poem. While there were a few that left me scratching my head, on the whole Oliver's poems are approachable and quite moving. Using the natural world as inspiration, Oliver creates metaphors and observations about the human condition that beautifully ring true.

I dog-eared at least 20 poems in this collection, so I can easily find them later, and discovered new favorites such as "Whelks" "The Sun", "University Hospital, Boston" and "The Black Walnut Tree".

4 stars

… (mais)
jj24 | 13 outras críticas | May 27, 2024 |
Mary Oliver reads some of the best of her later poems. Magical.
Treebeard_404 | 4 outras críticas | May 5, 2024 |
I return sporadically to this book when I want a sense of calm. The calm of a knowing bird's silent gaze, the calm of a swan slipping along the top of a lake, the calm of birdsong coming from everywhere and nowhere at once. There's a peace in these poems that I fall into, whether reading it in glimpses or in whole.

Nature poetry doesn't always have the power (to me) of these poems. Often enough, I grow bored or annnoyed with it seemingly trying to do more than it does, or be more than it is. Pushing language too hard and erupting overtop what it's supposedly attempting. But Oliver's poems are something else, quiet and good and easy, but still with an awareness of the larger world even as she examines the simple forms, actions, and attentions described so beautifully here.

And of course there are the essays. When I come back to this work, I say I won't cry over a re-read of "Bird", and then of course I do indeed cry over a reread of "Bird." Perhaps one day I'll look up interviews or see what she's said more about this essay and the experience driving it, or perhaps I'll just reread it again and cry again with the imagining.

The poems here are gorgeous. And in a world so dark as it can be, sometimes the simplest glimpse of a bird, as in these pages, can mean everything.

… (mais)
whitewavedarling | 7 outras críticas | Apr 21, 2024 |



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