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(20 September 1928 - / Hamden / Connecticut)

Donald Hall
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Biography

Donald Hall was born in Hamden, Connecticut, the only child of Donald Andrew Hall, a businessman, and Lucy Wells. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, then earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1951 and a B.Litt, from Oxford in 1953. Hall received a honorary PhD, Lit. from Bates College in 1991.

Hall began writing even before reaching his teens, beginning with poems and short stories, and then moving on to novels and dramatic verse. Hall continued to write throughout his prep school years at Exeter, and, while still only sixteen years old, attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, where he made his first acquaintance with the poet Robert... more »

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  • In football they measure forty-yard sprints. Nobody runs forty yards in basketball. Maybe you run the ninety-four feet of the court; then you stop, not on a dime, but on Miss Liberty's torch. In footb...
    Donald Hall (b. 1928), U.S. poet, essayist. "Basketball: The Purest Sport of Bodies," Fathers Playing Catch with Sons: Essays on Sport, North Point Pr...
  • ''Sweet death, small son, our instrument
    Of immortality,
    Your cries and hungers document
    Our bodily decay.''
    Donald Hall (b. 1928), U.S. poet. My Son, My Executioner (l. 5-8). . . Contemporary American Poetry. A. Poulin, Jr., ed. (4th ed., 1985) Houghton ...
  • For a hundred and fifty years, in the pasture of dead horses,
    roots of pine trees pushed through the pale curves of your ribs,
    yellow blossoms flourished above you in autumn, and in wint...
    Donald Hall (b. 1928), U.S. poet. Names of Horses (l. 25-29). . . Contemporary American Poetry. A. Poulin, Jr., ed. (4th ed., 1985) Houghton Miffl...
  • ''Generation on generation, your neck rubbed the windowsill
    of the stall, smoothing the wood as the sea smooths glass.''
    Donald Hall (b. 1928), U.S. poet. Names of Horses (l. 15-16). . . Contemporary American Poetry. A. Poulin, Jr., ed. (4th ed., 1985) Houghton Miffl...
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  • Cornelius Siccama (12/4/2012 5:22:00 AM)

    every time I reread the name of horses I have tears in my eye. Why? I guess it is about the most honest and upright way to convey the meaning of love

  • Sheila Pallay (10/27/2009 8:34:00 AM)

    I have been collaborating with Donald Hall for the past few years...combining his words and my photographs. If you like his poetry you should visit my website: www.eaglepondgallery.com

  • Lawrence Glendinning (9/14/2007 1:21:00 AM)

    I want to learn more about him

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