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TITLE: Poet Laureate Donald Hall Opens the Literary Season
SPEAKER: Donald Hall
EVENT DATE: 2006/10/03
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 47 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Donald Hall opened the Library's 2006-07 literary season with a reading of poems from his book "White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006" (Houghton Mifflin, 2006).
Speaker Biography: Donald Hall, 14th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, was born in Connecticut in 1928 and was educated at Harvard College and Oxford University. For the past 30 years he has lived on a farm in rural New Hampshire in the house where his grandmother and his mother were born and where he and his wife of 23 years, poet Jane Kenyon, were living when she died of leukemia in 1995. Hall is author of 15 books of poetry, including "Without" (1998), a collection of poems expressing his grief over Kenyon's death. Subjects of his poetry include solitude, life in New Hampshire and baseball. Among his prize-winning books are "The Happy Man" (1986) and "The One Day" (1988). He also has written books for children. "Ox-Cart Man" (1979) won the Caldecott Medal. His 20 books of prose include a collection of essays about poetry, "Breakfast Served Any Time All Day" (2003). Twice a Guggenheim Fellowship winner, Hall is a member of the Academy of American Arts and Letters. He has two children and five grandchildren from a previous marriage.