The Simple Truth

The Simple Truth

by Philip Levine
     
 

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1995
 
Written in a voice that moves between elegy and prayer, The Simple Truth contains thirty-three poems whose aim is to weave a complex tapestry of myth, history (both public and private), family, memory, and invention in a search for truths so basic and universal they often escape us

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1995
 
Written in a voice that moves between elegy and prayer, The Simple Truth contains thirty-three poems whose aim is to weave a complex tapestry of myth, history (both public and private), family, memory, and invention in a search for truths so basic and universal they often escape us all.


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Levine's detailed physicality is so "imitated that his style and diction are now the standard" (LJ 11/1/94). This was a Pulitzer Prize winner.
From the Publisher
“I am a longtime admirer of Philip Levine’s poetry, but until now I thought he could never surpass The Names of the Lost, a book I love deeply. But The Simple Truth deserves its title—I wonder if any American poet since Walt Whitman himself has written elegies this consistently magnificent. The controlled pathos of every poem in the volume is immense, and gives me a new sense of Levine.”
—Harold Bloom

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307559739
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/31/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
445,825
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Philip Levine was born in 1928 in Detroit and was formally educated there, in the public schools and at Wayne University (now Wayne State University). After a succession of industrial jobs, he left the city for good and lived in various parts of the country before settling in Fresno, California, where he taught at the state university until his retirement. For twelve autumns he served as poet in residence at New York University. He has received many awards for his books of poems, including the National Book Award in 1991 for What Work Is and the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for The Simple Truth. In 2011 he was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States. He divides his time between Fresno, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Fresno, California
Date of Birth:
January 10, 1928
Place of Birth:
Detroit, Michigan
Education:
B.A., Wayne State University; M.F.A., Iowa Writers Workshop, University of Iowa

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