Best American Essays 2009

ISBN-10: 0618982728
ISBN-13: 9780618982721
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers
Publication date: 10/8/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Mary Oliver was born in Maple Heights, 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. Her other works include White Pine, West Wind, Why I Wake Early, Thirst, Red Bird, Swan: Poems and Prose Poems, A Thousand Mornings, and Blue Horses: Poems. She has won numerous 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, Blue Pastures, 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.

Robert Atwan is the series editor of The Best American Essays. He recently edited Divine Inspiration, a volume of world poetry on the Gospels.

Foreword
Introduction
Taking a Reading: from Mid-American Review
(En)trance: from The Literary Review
Portrait of a Masked Man: from Harper's Magazine
Faustian Economics: from Harper's Magazine
The Greatest Nature Essay Ever: from Orion
Cherish This Ecstasy: from The Sun
The Dark Art of Description: from The Iowa Review
And Such Small Deer: from Lapham's Quarterly
Our Vanishing Night: from National Geographic
You Be the Moon: from A Public Space
The Mansion: A Subprime Parable: from Conde Nast Portfolio
Madre de Dios: from Portland
Faint Music: from Harvard Review
Cuss Time: from The American Scholar
Dog Is Our Copilot: from Ecotone
Return to Hayneville: from The Virginia Quarterly Review
Ghost Writers: from PEN America
The God of the Desert: from Harper's Magazine
Shipwrecked: from The American Scholar
The Writer in Winter: from AARP Magazine
First: from The Gettysburg Review
The Mechanics of Being: from The Missouri Review
Contributors' Notes
Notable Essays of 2008

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