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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mark Strand  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1934 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada

-- Mark Strand on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Strand taught in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, from 1998 through 2005.

Biographical and Professional Information

Although born in Canada his early years were spent in the United States. In 1957, he earned his B.A. from Antioch College in Ohio In 1981, Strand was elected a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters. He served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress during the 1990-1991 term and is a former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. Strand has taught at many American universities. Currently he is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York.

Published Works

  • Sleeping With One Eye Open, Stone Wall Press, 1964
  • Reasons For Moving, Scribner, 1968
  • Darker, Simon & Schuster, 1970
  • The Story of Our Lives, Simon & Schuster, 1973
  • Selected Poems, Knopf, 1980
  • The Continious Life, Random House, 1990
  • Dark Harbor, W.W. Norton, 1993
  • Blizzard of One, Knopf, 1998
  • Chicken, Shadow, Moon and More, Turtle Point Press, 1999
  • Man and Camel, Knopf, 2006
  • New Selected Poems, Knopf, 2007
  • Paint the Next Sunrise, Beaver Pond Press, 2009Prose
  • The Monument, Ecco Press, 1987
  • The Planet of Lost Things, Clarkson Potter, 1982
  • The Night Book, Random House, 1985
  • Mr. & Mrs. Baby and Other Stories, Random House, 1985
  • Rembrandt Takes a Walk, Clarckson Potter, 1986
  • William Bailey, Robert Miller, 1987
  • Hopper, Ecco Press, 1994
  • The Weather of Words'', Knopf, 2000

Selected Titles At Your Library

Reasons for moving :
ISBN: 0689102623. OCLC Number:

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Darker :
ISBN: 0689103468. OCLC Number:

Atheneum,. New York :. 1985.

The story of our lives :
ISBN: 0375709754. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2002.

Selected poems /
ISBN: 0679733019. OCLC Number:

Atheneum,. New York :. 1980.

The continuous life :
ISBN: 0394588177. OCLC Number:

Knopf :. New York :. 1990.

100 great poems of the twentieth century /
ISBN: 0393058948. OCLC Number:

W.W. Norton,. New York :. ©2005.

Collects poems from one hundred poets from the past century, including pieces from W.H. Auden, Federico Garcâia Lorca, and Maria Rilke.

Blizzard of one :
ISBN: 0375401393. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 1998.

Strand's poems occupy a place that exists between abstraction and the sensuous particulars of experience. It is a place created by a voice that moves with unerring ease between the commonplace and the sublime. The poems are filled with "the weather of leavetaking," but they are also unexpectedly funny. The erasure of self and the depredations of time are seen as sources of sorrow, but also as grounds for celebration. This is one of the difficult truths these poems dramatize with stoicism and wit.

Chicken, shadow, moon & more /
ISBN: 188598345x. OCLC Number:

Turtle Point Press,. New York :. 2000.

A collection of poems by Mark Strand.

Man and camel :
ISBN: 0307262960. OCLC Number:

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A new collection of poetry celebrates the transience, oddities, and lasting beauty of life and its mysteries.

New selected poems /
ISBN: 0375711279. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2009.

Paint the next sunrise :
ISBN: 1592982964. OCLC Number:

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Participation in fishing, hunting, and target shooting is declining steadily. Mark Strand presents a plan to excite and invite beginners, and turn them into active participants.

The monument /
ISBN: 0880012749. OCLC Number:

Ecco Press,. New York :. [1991], ©1978.

The planet of lost things /
ISBN: 051754184x. OCLC Number:

C.N. Potter :. New York :. ©1982.

Luke meets a Missing Person and an Unknown Soldier on the planet where lost things are found.

The night book /
ISBN: 0517550474. OCLC Number:

C.N. Potter :. New York :. ©1985.

The rising moon sees a little girl who is afraid of the night and sends down a special moonbeam to show her the many wondrous things to see during the dark hours.

Mr. and Mrs. Baby and other stories /
ISBN: 0394513592. OCLC Number:

Knopf,. New York :. 1985.

Rembrandt takes a walk /
ISBN: 0517562936. OCLC Number:

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On a visit to his rich eccentric uncle, who owns many wonderful paintings, Tom is amazed when Rembrandt leaves his self-portrait and takes a walk with Tom.

William Bailey :
ISBN: 0944680615. OCLC Number:

Robert Miller Gallery,. New York :. [1999]

Hopper /
ISBN: 0880013435. OCLC Number:

Ecco Press,. Hopewell, NJ :. ©1994.

Edward Hopper's paintings are icons of American culture. His representations of gas stations, storefronts, cafeterias and hotel rooms embody the solitude of travel and adult life in the America of the thirties, forties and fifties. Because of the familiarity of his subject matter, Hopper has been pigeon-holed both historically, as an American realist, and thematically, as an artist of alienation. Mark Strand, recent poet laureate and writer of many books of award-winning.

The weather of words :
ISBN: 0375409114. OCLC Number:

Knopf,. New York :. 2000.

"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, a collection of writings on the art and nature of poetry." "The pieces have a broad range and many levels. In one, we sit with the teenage Mark Strand while he reads for the first time a poem that truly amazes him: "You, Andrew Marvell" by Archibald MacLeish, in which night sweeps in an unstoppable but exhilarating circle around the earth toward the speaker standing at noon. The essay goes on to explicate the poem, but it also evokes, through its form and content, the poem's meaning - time's circular passage - with the young Strand first happening upon the poem, the older Strand seeing into it differently, but still amazed." "Among the other subjects Strand explores: the relationship between photographs and poems, the eternal nature of the lyric, the contemporary use of old forms, four American views of Parnassus, and an alphabet of poetic influences."--Jacket.


  • Pulitzer Prize 1999,
  • A Blizzard of One

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