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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Maura Stanton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1946 in Evanston, Ilinois

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Illinois Connection

Maura was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Maura received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1969 and her M.F.A. in 1971 from the University of Iowa. She has taught at the State University of New York at Cortland (1972-1973), the University of Richmond (1973-1977), Humboldt State University (1977-1978), the University of Arizona (1978-1982), and Indiana University, where she has been employed since 1982.

Published Works

  • Molly Companion, Avon, 1979
  • The Country I Come from, Milkweed Editions, 1988
  • Tales of the Supernatural, David R Godine Pub, 1988
  • Cries of Swimmers, Carnegie-Mellon University Press , 1991
  • Snow on Snow, Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1997
  • Glacier Wine (Poems), Carnegie-Melon University Press, 2001
  • Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling , University of Notre Dame Press, 2001
  • Cities in the Sea, University of Michigan Press, 2003
  • Immortal Sofa, University of Illinois Press, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

Molly Companion /
ISBN: 0380404362. OCLC Number:

Avon Books,. New York :. 1979, ©1977.

The country I come from /
ISBN: 0915943336. OCLC Number:

Milkweed Editions,. Minneapolis, Minn. :. 1988.

Tales of the supernatural :
ISBN: 0879237503. OCLC Number:

D.R. Godine,. Boston :. 1988.

Cries of swimmers /
ISBN: 0887481248. OCLC Number:

Carnegie Mellon University Press,. Pittsburgh, Pa. :. 1991.

Snow on Snow.
ISBN: 0887481590. OCLC Number:

Carnegie Mellon University Press,. Pittsburgh :. 1993.

Glacier wine /
ISBN: 0887483402. OCLC Number:

Carnegie Mellon University Press,. Pittsburgh :. 2001.

Do not forsake me, oh my darling /
ISBN: 026802555x. OCLC Number:

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Cities in the sea /
ISBN: 047211364X. OCLC Number:

University of Michigan Press,. Ann Arbor :. ©2003.

In Cities in the Sea, Maura Stanton taps into the mysterious force of the fairy tale, with its fantastic images and magical narrative patterns. Her stories blur the boundaries between fairy tale and verit+, and comment on the art of storytelling. A range of characters -- from a business man to a pianist, from a county coroner to a hardware store clerk, from a Greek immigrant to a Danish artist -- come to discover that the past is a ruined kingdom, lost forever, but still a place to visit in wish, dream, and memory. Throughout her stories, Stanton attempts to wrest a deeper pattern, full of hum.

Immortal sofa :
ISBN: 0252075803. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. ©2008.

A poetic exploration of the power of human imagination In accessible poems full of rich detail and painterly images, Maura Stanton looks under the surface of the ordinary, hoping to find the magic spark below the visible. In poems both humorous and elegaic, she gathers strange facts, odd events, and overlooked stories to construct her own vision of immortality, one made up of fragments of history and geography and the illusions of yearning human beings. From elephants in Ceylon to Nazi prisoners in Ireland, from Beowulf to Jane Austen, from sonnets to prose poems to blank verse, Immortal Sofa conjures our complex existence in all its sorrowful but astonishing variety. -- Publisher's website.

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