Mary Oliver Bio, Wiki, Age, Partner (Molly Malone Cook), Death and Cause, Partner, Poet, Pulitzer Prize

Mary Oliver, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet dies at 83.


Mary Oliver Wiki

Mary Oliver Bio

Mary Oliver was born on September 10th, 1935 and died on January 17th, 2019. She was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2007 The New York Times described her as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.”
Mary Oliver Born She was born on September 10th, 1935 in Maple Heights, Ohio
Mary Oliver Died She died on January 17th, 2019 (aged 83) in Hobe Sound, Florida
Mary Oliver Occupation Poet
Mary Oliver Notable awards National Book Award 1992
Pulitzer Prize 1984
Mary Oliver Partner Molly Malone Cook


Mary Oliver Early life and Education

Mary Oliver was born in Maple Heights, Ohio, a semi-rural suburb of Cleveland to parents Edward William and Helen M. V. Oliver. Her father was a social studies teacher and an athletics coach in the Cleveland public schools. While growing up as a child, she spent a great deal of time outside where she enjoyed going on walks or reading. In an interview with Maria Shriver, Oliver describes her family as dysfunctional as says that her childhood was very hard, by writing it helped her create her own world.

In an Interview with Shriver, Oliver revealed that she had been sexually abused as a child and had experienced recurring nightmares.

Oliver began writing poetry at the age of 14. She went to a local high school in Maple Heights. In the summer of 1951 at the age of 15, she attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, now known as Interlochen Arts Camp, where she was in the percussion section of the National High School Orchestra. At the age of 17 she visited the home of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, in Austerlitz, New York, where she then formed a friendship with the late poet’s sister Norma. Oliver and Norma spent the next six to seven years at the estate organizing Edna St. Vincent Millay’s papers.

Oliver studied at The Ohio State University and Vassar College in the mid-1950s but did not receive a degree at either college.

Mary Oliver Adult life and career

Oliver’s first collection of poems, No Voyage, and Other Poems was published in 1963 when she was 28. In the early 1980s, Oliver taught at Case Western Reserve University. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984 from her fifth collection of poetry, American Primitive. She also won the Christopher Award and the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for her piece House of Light (1990), and New and Selected Poems (1992) won the National Book Award. Oliver’s work turns towards nature for its inspiration and describes the sense of wonder it instilled in her. Her collections Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems (1999), Why I Wake Early (2004), and New and Selected Poems, Volume 2 (2004) build the themes. The first and second parts of Leaf and the Cloud are featured in The Best American Poetry 1999, and 2000, and her essays appear in Best American Essays 1996, 1998 and 2001.

Upon returning for a visit to Austerlitz, in the late 1950s, Oliver met photographer Molly Malone Cook, who would become her partner for over forty years. In Our world she says “I took one look and fell, hook and tumble.” Cook was Oliver’s literary agent. They made their home largely in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where they lived until Cook’s death in 2005, and where Oliver continued to live until relocating to Florida. Oliver greatly valued her privacy, she gave very few interviews, saying she preferred for her writing to speak for itself.

Mary Oliver Death and Cause

In 2012 Mary Oliver was diagnosed with lung cancer, but was treated and given a “clean bill of health”. She ultimately died of lymphoma years later, on January 17th, 2019 (aged 83) in Hobe Sound, Florida

Mary Oliver Tributes

Mary Oliver Awards and honors

  • 1969/70 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.
  • 1980 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
  • 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for American Primitive
  • 1991 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award for House of Light
  • 1992 National Book Award for Poetry for New and Selected Poems
  • 1998 Lannan Literary Award for poetry
  • 1998 Honorary Doctorate from The Art Institute of Boston
  • 2007 Honorary Doctorate Dartmouth College
  • 2008 Honorary Doctorate Tufts University
  • 2012 Honorary Doctorate from Marquette University
  • 2012 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Poetry for A Thousand Mornings

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