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John Ashbery

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John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He earned degrees from Harvard and Columbia, and he traveled as a Fulbright Scholar to France in 1955. Best known as a poet, he has published more than twenty collections, most recently A Worldly Country (Ecco, 2007). His Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (Viking, 1975) won the three major American prizes: the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and an early book, Some Trees, was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series. He has served as executive editor of Art News and as the art critic for New York magazine and Newsweek. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he serv ...more

Average rating: 4.08 · 12,531 ratings · 739 reviews · 144 distinct works · Similar authors
Self-Portrait in a Convex M...

4.09 avg rating — 2,972 ratings — published 1975 — 10 editions
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Selected Poems

4.18 avg rating — 1,005 ratings — published 1967 — 7 editions
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The Tennis Court Oath

4.16 avg rating — 408 ratings — published 1962 — 5 editions
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The Mooring of Starting Out

4.33 avg rating — 293 ratings — published 1997 — 3 editions
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Some Trees

4.27 avg rating — 270 ratings — published 1956 — 9 editions
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Girls on the Run

3.98 avg rating — 281 ratings — published 1999 — 6 editions
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Houseboat Days

4.33 avg rating — 257 ratings — published 1977 — 7 editions
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Three Poems

4.49 avg rating — 247 ratings — published 1972 — 9 editions
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Where Shall I Wander

3.81 avg rating — 265 ratings — published 2005 — 6 editions
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Flow Chart

4.24 avg rating — 197 ratings — published 1991 — 8 editions
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message 1: by Helvy

Helvy
You are a great poet, John.
I've read your book since I was at elementary school.
Nice to see u here...


سپیده جدیری Dear Mr. Ashbery,
You are a well-known poet in Iran. Did you know that? I am proud of that you accepted my friend request. Thank you.


Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend on Good Reads!


message 4: by Jill

Jill Chan Thank you for accepting my friend request. That's kind of you.


a persian& hi mr ashbery
thanks for adding


Jeffrey Cyphers Wright Hey John, thrilled to be in touch. My fuller review of Illuminations will be in the Brooklyn Rail in May.


message 7: by Rosa (last edited Oct 03, 2013 12:32AM)

Rosa Jamali O' Mr Ashbery, you've always been inspiring to me! When my mind's blocked & doesn't work, there's a poet called Ashbrey to read and overread!


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