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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lisel Mueller  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1924 in Hamburg, Germany

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Illinois Connection

Mueller has lived in the Chicago area since fleeing Nazi Germany at the age of 15.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lisel Mueller is a poet and translator. She graduated from the University of Evansville (Indiana) in 1944 and has taught at the University of Chicago, Elmhurst College in Illinois, and Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Mueller has also written book reviews for the ''Chicago Daily News''.

Published Works

  • The Private Life, Lousiana State University Press, 1976
  • Voices From the Forest, Juniper, 1977
  • The Need to Hold Still, Lousiana State University Press, 1980
  • Second Language , Lousiana State University Press, 1986
  • Waving From Shore, Lousiana State University Press, 1989
  • Alive Together, Louisiana State University Press, 1996
  • Dependencies: Poems, Louisiana State University Press, 1998

Selected Titles At Your Library

The private life :
ISBN: 0807101826. OCLC Number:

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Comprises forty-three poems celebrating the autonomy of the self, the mysteries of intimacy, growth, and feeling.

The need to hold still :
ISBN: 0807106704. OCLC Number:

Louisiana State University Press,. Baton Rouge :. 1980.

Lisel Mueller is the author of seven books of poetry, including Alive Together: New and Selected Poems, winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She has also received the Lamont Poetry Prize, and the Carl Sandburg Prize. She lives in Lake County, Illinois.

Second language :
ISBN: 0807113360. OCLC Number:

Louisiana State University Press,. Baton Rouge :. 1986.

A collection of poems having to do with memory and metaphor, two forces that enable us to interpret our experience.

Waving from shore :
ISBN: 0807115762. OCLC Number:

Louisiana State University Press,. Baton Rouge :. 1989.

Alive together :
ISBN: 0807121274. OCLC Number:

Louisiana State University Press,. Baton Rouge :. 1996.

In a collection that represents over thirty-five years of her writing life, this distinguished poet explores a wide range of subjects, which include her cultural and family history and reflect her fascination with music and the discoveries offered by language. In fact, her book is a testament to the miraculous power of language to interpret and transform our world. It is a testament that invites readers to share her vision of experiences we all have in common: sorrow, tenderness, desire, the revelations of art, and mortality - "the hard, dry smack of death against the glass". To this community Mueller presents moments after moment where the personal and public realms intersect, where lives ranging from her own to those of Mary Shelley and Anton Webern illuminate the ways in which history shapes our lives. In "Brendel Playing Schubert", Mueller's breathtaking linguistic virtuosity reminds us how music can transport us out of ourselves and into "the nowhere where the enchanted live"; in "Midwinter Notes", the, crepuscular world, stripped of its veil, shines forth as a signal from some realm where the sense of things may be revealed. In the title piece Mueller brings a sense of enduring and unclouded wonder to a recognition of all those whose lives might have been our own.

Dependencies :
ISBN: 0807122750. OCLC Number:

Louisiana State University Press,. Baton Rouge :. 1998.


The Private Life

  • Lamont Poetry Selection, Academy of American Poets, 1975
  • The Need to Hold Still

  • National Book Award, 1980
  • Alive Together

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