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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Edward Hirsch  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: January 20, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Edward Hirsch was born in Chicago, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Edward Hirsch received the National Book Critics award, Prix de Rome and was president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He now lives in New York.

Selected Titles At Your Library

On love :
ISBN: 0375702601. OCLC Number:

A.A. Knopf,. New York :. 2000.

Earthly measures :
ISBN: 0679765662. OCLC Number:

Alfred Knopf :. New York :. 1994.

Edward Hirsch's strong, arresting poems have been praised from the start of his career. Of his second book, Wild Gratitude, Robert Penn Warren said, "I am convinced that the best poems here are unsurpassed in our time." This, his fourth collection, contains his finest work. From gritty, apocalyptic views of the urban Midwest to brilliantly empathetic portrayals of Simone Weil and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, the range of poems is at once wide and subtle. "In the Midwest."

The night parade /
ISBN: 0679722998. OCLC Number:

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For the sleepwalkers :
ISBN: 0887482511. OCLC Number:

Carnegie Mellon University Press,. Pittsburgh :. 1998.

How to read a poem :
ISBN: 0151004196. OCLC Number:

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This volume presents an exploration of poetry and feeling, introducing poems selected by the author as emblematic because they suggest something crucial about the nature of poetry itself, and offering his insights on how the poems should be read. In this guide, the author reaches out to all those who may be disaffected by the mere mention of poetry and instructs the reader to focus on a personal, emotional response.

Responsive reading /
ISBN: 0472066927. OCLC Number:

University of Michigan Press,. Ann Arbor :. ©1999.

The night parade /
ISBN: 0679722998. OCLC Number:

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Lay back the darkness :
ISBN: 0375415211. OCLC Number:

Knopf :. New York :. 2003.

"Edward Hirsch's sixth collection is a descent into the darkness of middle age, narrated with exacting tenderness. He explores the boundaries of human fallibility both in candid personal poems ... and in his passionate encounters with classic poetic texts."--Dustjacket.

Wild gratitude /
ISBN: 0375710124. OCLC Number:

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Poet's choice /
ISBN: 015101356X. OCLC Number:

Harcourt,. Orlando, Fla. :. ©2006.

A collection of revised and expanded writings culled from the author's popular Washington Post Book World "Poet's Choice" column demonstrates how poetry responds to world challenges and introduces the work of more than 130 writers.

To a nightingale :
ISBN: 0807615870. OCLC Number:

George Braziller Publishers :. New York :. ©2007.

Special orders :
ISBN: 0307266818. OCLC Number:

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"In 'Special Orders', the renowned poet Edward Hirsch brings us a new series of tightly crafted poems, work that demonstrates a thrilling expansion of his tone and subject matter. It is with a mixture of grief and joy that Hirsch examines what he calls 'the minor triumphs, the major failures' of his life so far, in lines that reveal a startling frankness in the man composing them, a fearlessness in confronting his own internal divisions: 'I lived between my heart and my head, / like a married couple who can't get along, ' he writes in 'Self-portrait.' These poems constitute a profound, sometimes painful self-examination, by the end of which the poet marvels at the sense of expectancy and transformation he feels. His fifteen-year-old son walking on Broadway is a fledgling about to sail out over the treetops; he has a new love, passionately described in 'I Wish I Could Paint You'; he is ready to live, he tells us, 'solitary, bittersweet, and utterly free.'"--Jacket.

The living fire :
ISBN: 037541522X. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2010.

A volume of more than one hundred definitive and original pieces by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning writer includes poems that critically assess his own works and explore such topics as insomnia, culture and the arts.


Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, Embassy of Chile, Office of the Ambassador, 2004

MacArthur Fellowship (1998-2002)

several others

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