Books by Donald Hall and Complete Book Reviews

Donald Hall, Author Beacon Press (MA) $15 (123p) ISBN 978-0-8070-7054-3
Hall, winner of the 1988 National Book Critics Circle Award for his poetry ( The One Day ), and the author of children's books ( The Ox-Cart Man ), memoirs and a collection of biographies of poets ( Their Ancient Glittering Eyes ), here offers a...
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Donald Hall, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $19.95 (134p) ISBN 978-0-395-78841-7
This collection has little of the sharply observed, tender lyricism that characterizes much of Hall's earlier work, yet the four sequences here reflect preoccupations that he has made his own: family, nature, rural life, baseball. Hall's oeuvre may...
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Donald Hall, Author . Houghton Mifflin $23 (258p) ISBN 978-0-618-47801-9
"Jane Kenyon died of leukemia at 7:57 in the morning, April 22, 1995" is the first sentence of this unsparing and beautifully structured memoir. She was only 47, and the struggle was harrowing, but it followed 23 years of an extraordinarily...
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Donald Hall, Author . Houghton Mifflin $24 (195p) ISBN 978-0-618-99065-8
This brisk and likable new memoir by the prolific and plainspoken former U.S. poet laureate Hall (White Apples and the Taste of Stone ) covers the years before and after the period he and the late poet Jane Kenyon famously shared. After a childhood...
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Donald Hall, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $24.95 (244p) ISBN 978-0-89919-926-9
This diverse collection, which gathers work from 1947 to 1990 by poet and steadfast New Englander Hall (National Book Critics Circle-winning The One Day ), will serve as a superb introduction to newcomers and a sumptuous offering to familiars. Given
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Donald Hall, Author . Houghton Mifflin $23 (112p) ISBN 978-0-618-18789-8
Hall has for decades been an eminent poet and critic; his previous book, Without (1999), was a raw collection of elegies for his late wife, the poet Jane Kenyon, that brought attention to their lives and work. More controlled, more varied and more...
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Donald Hall, Author Mariner Books $11.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-89919-980-1
Hall proves himself a trustworthy and sympathetic witness in this memoir, which details his encounters over the years with a multitude of poets. (Aug.)
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Donald Hall, Author . Houghton Mifflin $24 (224p) ISBN 978-0-618-32981-6
Celebrated poet and essayist Hall maintains the restrained, elegant style that established him as a master of his craft in the 1987 collection The Ideal Bakery, adding seven new stories to the five entries from the earlier collection. The title...
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Donald Hall, Author Beacon Press (MA) $23 (271p) ISBN 978-0-8070-6202-9
This eloquent and perceptive collection of previously published articles by Hall, a poet (The One Day) and essayist (Life Work), is a joy to read. Not surprisingly, he is at his most incisive when writing about poets and their craft. In ``Long...
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Donald Hall, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $22.95 (348p) ISBN 978-0-89919-979-5
``Curiosity endures, surviving criticism or philosophy,'' affirms poet and critic Hall ( Here at Eagle Pond ) as he introduces a distinguished gallery of poets--Frost, Thomas, Eliot, Moore, MacLeish, Winters, Pound--with verisimilitude and freshness
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Donald Hall, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $19.95 (141p) ISBN 978-0-89919-978-8
A companion to Seasons at Eagle Pond , these witty and perceptive essays capture the essence of New England, past and present. From his ancestral home in Wilmot, N.H., poet Hall reminisces about his childhood, family history and the pleasures of...
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Donald Hall, Author Mariner Books $14 (80p) ISBN 978-0-89919-816-3
In this three-part poem, composed of male and female narrative, as well as classic textsprophecy, pastoral, history and ecloguethe concept of middle age is explored with fresh insight and expressed in brilliant turns of phrase. Though at times...
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Donald Hall, Author . Houghton Mifflin $30 (431p) ISBN 978-0-618-53721-1
Hall's 60 years of much-honored work have made him an elder statesman among American poets and a much-honored exponent of the clear, plain style: this career retrospective (the first since 1990) finds room for all his strengths. Given to formal...
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Donald Hall, Author David R. Godine Publisher $14.95 (176p) ISBN 978-0-87923-282-5
The author reflects on his childhood days in New England, where he spent summers on his grandparents' farm. (July)
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Donald Hall, Author, Anne Chalmers, Photographer Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $18.95 (120p) ISBN 978-0-395-65236-7
Death opens this collection of powerful new poems by Hall ( The One Day ) with ``another elegy in the tradition / of mourning and envy, love and self-love--as another morning / delivers rain on the fishbone leaves of the rotted year.'' The poet so...
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Donald Hall, Author, David Lehman, With Collier Books $9.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-02-044182-3
Flouting conventional wisdom, 1989 NBCC winner Hall boldly asserts, ``More people read poetry now in the United States than ever did before.'' For this growing audience, Hall selects poetry well worth reading--provocative, finely crafted,...
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Donald Hall, Author, Mary Azarian, Illustrator David R. Godine Publisher $11.95 (36p) ISBN 978-1-56792-050-5
An old man enjoys solitude in his cabin atop Ragged Mountain and thinks back over his life. Elegant woodcuts illustrate his simple pleasures. Ages 7-10. (July)
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Donald Hall, Author, Dock Ellis, With Fireside Books $22.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-671-65988-2
Outspoken and fiercely independent, black athlete Ellis refused to ingratiate himself with baseball's powers-that-be, a decision that hindered his career. While with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he achieved a certain notoriety for appearing on the field...
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Donald Hall, Author, Michael McCurdy, Illustrator Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P $15 (0p) ISBN 978-0-15-276873-7
Hall and McCurdy's second book about the author's mother's New Hampshire childhood (following Lucy's Christmas) presents itself like a turn-of-the century magic-lantern show, filled with lovingly chronicled moments. Their nostalgic evocations focus...
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Donald Hall, Author, Michael McCurdy, Illustrator Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $6 (40p) ISBN 978-0-15-201723-1
This sequel to Lucy's Christmas chronicles a girl's New Hampshire childhood in the summer of 1910. ""The fond recollections of each vignette resonate with certain charm,"" said PW. Ages 5-8. (Apr.)
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Donald Hall, Author, Barry Moser, Illustrator Dial Books $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8037-1501-1
While his parents are involved with ``the war effort,'' nine-year-old Peter spends the summer of 1942 at his grandparents' farm in New Hampshire, where he rakes hay, tends chickens and feeds sugar lumps to a horse named Lady Ghost. Although both...
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Donald Hall, Author, Barry Moser, Illustrator Dial Books $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8037-1504-2
A rottweiler and a green-eyed cat are the stars as well as the narrators of this second work from Hall and Moser ( The Farm Summer 1942 ). Hall's evenhanded and whimsical poem/play analyzes the nature of each species: ``DOG: I am the dog. / I like...
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Donald Hall, Author, Barry Moser, Illustrator Voyager Paperbacks $6 (48p) ISBN 978-0-15-202477-2
A chance meeting between a boy and his idol in 1917 leads to an even more exciting encounter years later, as Willard witnesses Ruth's 709th home run. Ages 7-10. (Apr.)
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Donald Hall, Author, Emily Arnold McCully, Illustrator Browndeer Press $16 (0p) ISBN 978-0-15-276896-6
Hall's (Ox-Cart Man) eloquent reflection on the cyclical nature of time and Caldecott winner McCully's (Mirette on the High Wire) graceful watercolors combine for a distinctive, heartfelt portrait of a New Hampshire town. The accomplished poet...
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Donald Hall, Author, Greg Shed, Illustrator Walker & Company $17.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8027-8463-6
As golden as sunlight on an autumn day, Shed's (The Language of Doves) illustrations reinforce the tone of Hall's (Ox-Cart Man) leisurely story about the evolving lives of a turn-of-the-century dairy family. Each gouache-on-canvas painting resembles
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Donald Hall, Author, Thomas W. Nason, Illustrator Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $24 (86p) ISBN 978-0-89919-542-1
In celebration of New England and the seasons, the poet laureate of New Hampshire records his love of place. The place is a 180-year-old farmland, Eagle Pond, the home of Hall's grandparents and now his home. ""There's no reason to live here except...
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Donald Hall, Author, Michael McMurdy, Illustrator, Michael McCurdy, Illustrator Browndeer Press $14.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-15-276870-6
Hall (Ox-Cart Man) and McCurdy (An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving) serve up a New England Christmas at the turn of the century-complete with hand-crafted presents, horse-drawn sleighs and a rousing community church service. Young Lucy takes great care...
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Donald Hall. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22 (144p) ISBN 978-0-544-28704-4
Near the start of this rich essay collection, former U.S. poet laureate Hall—also a biographer, children’s book writer, and literary critic—writes that “poetry abandoned” him after he turned 85, but his prose writing endures and sustains him. And as
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Donald Hall. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22 (160p) ISBN 978-0-544-55560-0
Hall, onetime U.S. Poet Laureate, has been publishing careful, plainspoken poems since the 1950s, but his real powers showed up later. In the 1970s he settled with poet Jane Kenyon in a New Hampshire farmhouse to chronicle rural New England and its...
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Donald Hall. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25 (224p) ISBN 978-1-328-82634-3
Former U.S. poet laureate (2006–2007), Hall reflects on aging and death in this candid and often humorous memoir. Hall meanders over mundane losses in his life—the demise of mill towns, the root cellar in his New Hampshire home—as well as the death...
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