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Donald Hall
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Donald Hall began writing as an adolescent and attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference at the age of sixteen, the same year he had his first work published. He earned a B.A. from Harvard in 1951 and a B. Litt. from Oxford in 1953. Hall has published fifteen books of poetry, most recently The Painted Bed (2002) and Without: Poems (1998), published on the third anniversary of his wife Jane Kenyon 's death from leukemia. Other notable collections include The One Day (1988), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. The Happy Man (1986) won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and Exiles and Marriages (1955) was the Academy's Lamont Poetry Selection for 1956.

Besides poetry, Donald Hall has written books on baseball, the sculptor Henry Moore, and the poet Marianne Moore, as well as children's books, short stories, and plays. He has also published several autobiographical works, such as Life Work (1993), which won the New England Book award for nonfiction. He has edited more than two dozen textbooks and anthologies.

His honors include two Guggenheim fellowships, the Poetry Society of America's Robert Frost Silver medal, a Lifetime Achievement award from the New Hampshire Writers and Publisher Project, and the Ruth Lilly Prize for poetry. Hall also served as Poet Laureate of New Hampshire from 1984 to 1989. In December 1993 he and Jane Kenyon were the subject of an Emmy Award-winning Bill Moyers documentary, "A Life Together." He lives in Danbury, New Hampshire.

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