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W.S. Merwin


Interviewed by: H.L. Hix

Catalog Number: 20110701, 20101015

W.S. Merwin became the 17th U.S. Poet Laureate in 2010. With a career spanning more than 60 years, Merwin has won nearly every major literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry twice--in 1971 and again in 2009. In this archive interview, poet and scholar, H.L. Hix, author of Understanding W.S. Merwin, talks with the poet about how his work is influenced by environmental activism. A long-time resident of Hawaii, Merwin's interest in the preservation of the islands' ecology and culture are evident in readings from his 1999 book, The River Sound, as well his 1998 novel-in-verse, The Folding Cliffs: A Narrative, a fact-based fictional tale of Hawaii's tragic 19th century history.

| Subject Matter: Ecology, Nature | Interview Year: 2000 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: Pulitzer Prize, U.S. Poet Laureate |

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