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W.S. Merwin
W.S. Merwin

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W. S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in Union City, New Jersey, and in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From 1949 to 1951 he worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca. He has since lived in many parts of the world, most recently on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands.

He has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets (of which he is now a Chancellor), the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, and the Bollingen Prize in Poetry; most recently he has received the Governor's Award for... Read More

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The Folding Cliffs
A Narrative
Written by W.S. Merwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 28, 2000
Price: $19.95

From a major American poet—a thrilling story, in verse, of nineteenth-century Hawaii. The story of an attempt by the government to seize and constrain possible victims of leprosy and the determination of one small family not to be taken. A tale of the perils and glories of their flight into the... Read more >

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The Pupil
Poems
Written by W.S. Merwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $18.00

Hailed by Peter Davison in the Boston Sunday Globe as a poet who “engages the underground stream of our lives at depths that only two or three living poets can match,” W. S. Merwin now gives us The Pupil, a volume of astonishing range and extraordinary beauty: a major literary event.

These... Read more >

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Rain in the Trees

Written by W.S. Merwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 12, 1988
Price: $18.95

Almost no other poet of our time has been able to voice in so subtle a fashion such a profound series of comments on the passing of history over the contemporary scene. To do this, he seems to have reinvented the poem—so that the experience of reading Merwin is unlike the... Read more >

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The River Sound
Poems
Written by W.S. Merwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 15, 2000
Price: $16.00

A strikingly beautiful book of poems from one of our finest poets, exhibiting his artistry in the style he has made his own. Peter Davison has written of Merwin that "he conveys in the sweet simplicity of grounded language a sense of the self where it belongs, floating between heaven, earth... Read more >

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Translated by W.S. Merwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 30, 2004
Price: $15.00

A splendid new translation of the classic Arthurian tale of enchantment, adventure, and romance, presented alongside the original Middle English text.

Capturing the pace, impact, and richly alliterative language of the original text, W. S. Merwin has imparted a new immediacy to a spellbinding narrative, written centuries ago by a poet whose... Read more >

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The Song of Roland

Translated by W.S. Merwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $11.95

A contemporary prose rendering of the great medieval French epic, The Song of Roland is as canonical and significant as the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf. It extols the chivalric ideals in the France of Charlemagne through the exploits of Charlemagne's nephew, the warrior Roland, who fights bravely to his death in a legendary... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Song of Roland

Written by W.S. Merwin


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 20, 2011
Price: $9.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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Travels

Written by W.S. Merwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 21, 1994
Price: $17.00

"In Travels, one of the most beautiful and moving collections of poetry of his career, W.S. Merwin displays his narrative gifts to provide us with a book of deep historical resonance and luminous poetic grace...With each new book we have been reminded why, for forty years, he has remained a pivotal... Read more >

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The Vixen

Written by W.S. Merwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 25, 1997
Price: $17.00

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