Maggie Nelson

San Francisco, California, The United States

Maggie Nelson is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, many of which have become cult classics defying categorization. Her nonfiction titles include the National Book Critics Circle Award winner and New York Times bestseller The Argonauts (Graywolf Press, 2015), The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (Norton, 2011; a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Bluets (Wave Books, 2009; named by Bookforum as one of the top 10 best books of the past 20 years), The Red Parts (Free Press, 2007; reissued by Graywolf, 2016), and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (U of Iowa Press, 2007). Her poetry titles include Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull, 2005; finalist for the PEN/ M ...more

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The Argonauts

4.01 avg rating — 35,359 ratings — published 2015 — 46 editions
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4.23 avg rating — 22,655 ratings — published 2009 — 31 editions
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The Red Parts

4.06 avg rating — 5,928 ratings — published 2007 — 23 editions
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Jane: A Murder

4.33 avg rating — 3,288 ratings — published 2005 — 10 editions
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The Art of Cruelty: A Recko...

4.27 avg rating — 2,411 ratings — published 2011 — 11 editions
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Something Bright, Then Holes

4.08 avg rating — 1,257 ratings — published 2003 — 9 editions
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The Latest Winter

4.02 avg rating — 360 ratings — published 2003 — 5 editions
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3.72 avg rating — 355 ratings — published 2001 — 5 editions
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Women, the New York School,...

4.49 avg rating — 127 ratings — published 2007 — 2 editions
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4.22 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2013
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“Mostly I have felt myself becoming a servant of sadness. I am still looking for the beauty in that.”
Maggie Nelson, Bluets

“I want you to know, if you ever read this, there was a time when I would rather have had you by my side than any one of these words; I would rather have had you by my side than all the blue in the world.

But now you are talking as if love were a consolation. Simone Weil warned otherwise. 'Love is not consolation,' she wrote. 'It is light.'

All right then, let me try to rephrase. When I was alive, I aimed to be a student not of longing but of light.”
Maggie Nelson, Bluets

“Empirically speaking, we are made of star stuff. Why aren’t we talking more about that?”
Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts



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