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A powerful new collection of poetry by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author features 107 of her finest works, collected from her seven published volumes--including Blood, Tin, Straw and The Wellspring--that capture such themes as adolescent sexual stirrings, the fulfillment of marriage, the pain of childhood with an abusive father,
Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco and was educated at Stanford and Columbia. She was the New York State Poet Laureate from 1998 to 2000. She teaches poetry workshops in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and was one of the founders of the NYU workshop program at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Her work has received the Harriet Monroe Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Lamont Selection of the Academy of American Poets, and the San Francisco Poetry Center Award. She lives in New York City. Sharon Olds's The Dead and the Living; The Gold Cell; The Wellspring; The Father; Blood, Tin, Straw; and The Unswept Room are available in Knopf paperback. From the Hardcover edition.