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Principal Products of Portugal

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If we believe that the most engaging people have eclectic interests, then Donald Hall is incontrovertibly our most engaging man of letters. Prize-winning poet, teacher, essayist, children's book writer, Hall here reflects on some of the things he holds most dear: his family home at New Hampshire's Eagle Pond, baseball, poetry, artists and writers named Henry (Moore, Adams, ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 20th 1997 by Beacon Press (first published 1995)
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His pieces about New Hampshire reminded me of Wallace Stegner, and from my mind, that is high praise.
These essays are fabulous, even the ones on sports, though I like the ones about poetry, writing, and New Hampshire more. When Hall can mix those topics, as in writing about the poem Casey at the Bat, it's good too. His longer essays on Henry Adams, on Marvell, Edward Arlington Robinson, and Henry Moore made me reach for their works again. Quite wonderful to dip into over time.
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Donald Hall was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1928. He 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.

Donald Hall has published numerous books of poetry, most recently White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1
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