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Sharon Olds
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Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her first book, Satan Says (1980), received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second, The Dead and the Living, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Father was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize in England, and The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Olds teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and helped to found the NYU workshop program for residents of Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, and for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. She lives in New Hampshire and in New York City.

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Blood, Tin, Straw
Poems
Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $17.00

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Blood, Tin, Straw
Poems
Written by Sharon Olds


Format: eBook, 144 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 5, 2012
Price: $13.99

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The Dead and the Living

Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 12, 1984
Price: $18.00

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The Dead and the Living

Written by Sharon Olds


Format: eBook, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 5, 2012
Price: $13.99

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The Father

Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 21, 1992
Price: $16.95

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The Father

Written by Sharon Olds


Format: eBook, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 5, 2012
Price: $12.99

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Gold Cell

Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 12, 1987
Price: $16.00

This is the third collection of poems by the greatly admired poet whose second book, The Dead and the Living, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. With The Gold Cell, Olds has given us again a book of startling and... Read more >
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Gold Cell

Written by Sharon Olds


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 5, 2012
Price: $13.99

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One Secret Thing

Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $16.95

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One Secret Thing

Written by Sharon Olds


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 21, 2013
Price: $12.99

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Stag's Leap
Poems
Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $16.95


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize


In this wise and intimate new book, Sharon Olds tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory, and new freedom.

As she carries us through the seasons when her marriage was ending, Olds opens her heart... Read more >
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Stag's Leap
Poems
Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $26.95

Winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize

In this wise and intimate new book, Sharon Olds tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory, and new freedom.

As she carries us through the seasons when her marriage was ending, Olds opens her heart to the reader, sharing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Stag's Leap
Poems
Written by Sharon Olds


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $13.99

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Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Strike Sparks
Selected Poems, 1980-2002
Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $19.95

A powerful collection from one of our most gifted and widely read poets–117 of her finest poems drawn from her seven published volumes.

Michael Ondaatje has called Sharon Olds’s poetry “pure fire in the hands” and cheered the “roughness and humor and brag and tenderness and completion in her work as she... Read more >
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Strike Sparks
Selected Poems, 1980-2002
Written by Sharon Olds


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 21, 2009
Price: $14.99

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The Unswept Room

Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 24, 2002
Price: $20.00


Nominated for the National Book Award
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee, Poetry


From Sharon Olds—a stunning new collection of poems that project a fresh spirit, a startling energy of language and counterpoint, and a moving, elegiac tone shot through with humor.

From poems that erupt out of history and childhood to those that... Read more >
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The Unswept Room

Written by Sharon Olds


Format: eBook, 144 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 5, 2012
Price: $14.99

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The Wellspring
Poems
Written by Sharon Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $18.00

Sharon Olds's dazzling collection is a sequence of poems that reaches into the very wellspring of life. The poems take us back to the womb, and from there on to childhood, to a searing sexual awakening, to the shock of childbirth, to the wonder and humor of parenthood--and, finally, to the... Read more >
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The Wellspring
Poems
Written by Sharon Olds


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 5, 2012
Price: $13.99

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