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General Information

Name:  Josephine Miles  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1911 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: 1985

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Josephine Miles was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Although born in Chicago, Josephine Milesmoved around a lot with her family, eventually relocating to Southern California. Due to a disabling arthritis, she was educated at home by tutors, but was able to graduate from Los Angeles High School in a class which included the composer John Cage.Miles attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature before moving to the University of California, Berkeley to pursue her doctorate. She remained in Berkeley for the rest of her life, receiving many highly-coveted fellowships and awards until her death in May 1985. She was the first woman to receive tenure in the English Department at Berkeley and, at the time of her death, held the position of University Professor, one of the rarest and most prestigious honors in academic life.

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To all appearances; poems new and selected
ISBN: 0252004434

University of Illinois Press. 1974

Some of the poems in the volume are: Solstice How I Caught Up in My Reading Grey If You Will How to Win a Soccer Match Views from Gettysburg Family Enlightenment Made Shine Art Gallery Closing Time Nine O'Clock Show Merchant Marine Lucifer Alone The Day the Winds Belief Ten Dreamers in a Motel Mercury Sisyphus When the sun came, the rooster expanded to meet it

Coming to Terms: Poems
ISBN: 0252007670

University of Illinois Press. 1979

Collected Poems, 1930-83
ISBN: 0252010175

University of Illinois Press. 1984

"Miles's work is one of the finest and most solid bodies of poetry to be found in this country." - A. R. Ammons. Acclaimed as a poet and scholar, revered as a teacher, Josephine Miles was widely recognized as a shrewd and eloquent observer and a perceptive critic. Among numerous awards and honors for her work, Miles received the Shelley Memorial Award for Poetry (1935), the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Poetry (1956), the MLA's James Russell Lowell Prize (1975), the Academy of American Poets fellowship (1978), and the first Fred Cody Memorial Award for excellence of a body of work from the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association (1984). Spanning a creative life of more than half a century, "Collected Poems" is unified by the poet's abiding concern with the human condition. The volume received seven awards when it was initially published, including the prestigious Lenore Marshall/Nation Poetry Prize for the best book of the year, selected by Josephine Jacobsen, Donald Justice, and Alfred Corn. One of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, "Collected Poems" marks the culmination of a master poet's long and distinguished career.

Ralph Waldo Emerson - American Writers 41: University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers
ISBN: 0816603332

Univ Of Minnesota Press. 1964

Ralph Waldo Emerson - American Writers 41 was first published in 1964. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

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