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General Information

Name:  Patricia Lee Smith  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1946 in Chicago, Illinois

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Smith was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock. Her seminal album Horses, bearing Robert Mapplethorpe’s renowned photograph, has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. Her books include Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, and Auguries of Innocence. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the prestigious title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor awarded to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Smith married the late Fred Sonic Smith in Detroit in 1980. They had a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Jesse. Smith resides in New York City.

Published Works

  • Early Work: 1970-1979 , W. W. Norton, 1995
  • Patti Smith Complete 1975-2006: Lyrics, Reflections & Notes for the Future, Harper Perennial, 2006
  • Auguries of Innocence: Poems, Ecco, 2008
  • Just Kids, Ecco, 2010
  • Wool Gathering, New Directions, 2011
  • The Coral Sea, W. W. Norton, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

Early work, 1970-1979 /
ISBN: 0393313018. OCLC Number:

W.W. Norton,. New York :. ©1994.

Patti Smith - poet, songwriter, performer. Collected here are selections from Smith's writings over the decade in which she made a lasting impact on America's underground scene. Smith's work evokes the experimentation, the longing, and the desire to break boundaries of those pre-punk days.

Patti Smith complete, 1975-2006 :
ISBN: 0060849711. OCLC Number:

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Collects lyrics, notes, reflections, and photographs spanning Patti Smith's career, in a volume containing new artwork from her latest albums and previously unpublished photographs by Annie Liebovitz and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Auguries of innocence /
ISBN: 0060832673. OCLC Number:

Ecco Press,. New York :. 2008.

Just kids /
ISBN: 0060936223. OCLC Number:

Ecco,. New York, NY :. 2010.

In this memoir, singer-songwriter Patti Smith shares tales of New York City : the denizens of Max's Kansas City, the Hotel Chelsea, Scribner's, Brentano's and Strand bookstores and her new life in Brooklyn with a young man named Robert Mapplethorpe--the man who changed her life with his love, friendship, and genius.

Woolgathering /
ISBN: 0811219445. OCLC Number:

New Directions,. New York :. 2011.

Patti Smith tells real and imagined stories from her childhood.

The coral sea /
ISBN: 0393341356. OCLC Number:

W.W. Norton & Co.,. New York :. ©2012.

Presents a series of poems and prose selections about the life and AIDS-related death of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

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