Sharon Olds

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Sharon Olds


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in San Francisco, California, The United States
November 19, 1942

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Born in San Francisco on November 19, 1942, Sharon Olds earned a B.A. at Stanford University and a Ph.D. at Columbia University.

Her first collection of poems, Satan Says (1980), received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Olds's following collection, The Dead & the Living (1983), received the Lamont Poetry Selection in 1983 and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Her other collections include Strike Sparks: Selected Poems (2004, Knopf), The Unswept Room (2002), Blood, Tin, Straw (1999), The Gold Cell (1997), The Wellspring (1995), and The Father (1992), which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Average rating: 4.15 · 18,142 ratings · 1,206 reviews · 39 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Dead and the Living

4.17 avg rating — 3,190 ratings — published 1984 — 6 editions
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The Gold Cell (Knopf Poetry...

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4.22 avg rating — 2,145 ratings — published 1987 — 5 editions
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Stag's Leap: Poems

4.10 avg rating — 2,441 ratings — published 2012 — 10 editions
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Satan Says (Pitt Poetry Ser...

4.20 avg rating — 1,847 ratings — published 1980 — 4 editions
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The Wellspring

4.10 avg rating — 931 ratings — published 1996
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Strike Sparks: Selected Poe...

4.27 avg rating — 851 ratings — published 2004 — 6 editions
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The Father

4.20 avg rating — 822 ratings — published 1992 — 8 editions
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Blood, Tin, Straw

4.04 avg rating — 752 ratings — published 1999 — 8 editions
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The Unswept Room

3.99 avg rating — 617 ratings — published 2002 — 10 editions
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One Secret Thing

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 421 ratings — published 2008 — 8 editions
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“I was a late bloomer. But anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky. ”
Sharon Olds

“There is something in me maybe someday
to be written; now it is folded, and folded,
and folded, like a note in school.”
Sharon Olds

“Once you lose someone it is never exactly
the same person who comes back.”
Sharon Olds, Satan Says

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