The Pawnbroker's Daughter: A Memoir

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.6 X 0.7 X 8.2 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author
Maxine Kumin (1925--2014), a former U.S. poet laureate, was the author of nineteen poetry collections as well as numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. Her awards included the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award, the Poet's Prize, and the Harvard Arts and Robert Frost medals.
What a treat to curl up with this keenly observed, beautifully written, and altogether glorious memoir. Kumin is one of life's great celebrants, a luminous wordsmith in both poetry and prose, a true American literary treasure.--Diane Ackerman
Maxine Kumin's quietly powerful memoir is so graceful we almost forget it was no easy task for a pawnbroker's daughter, predestined housewife of the 1950s to become a Pulitzer Prize poet, mother of three children, breeder and rider of horses, grower of vegetables, expert swimmer and cross-country skier, New Hampshire farmer, and writer of novels and children's books. And I never heard her raise her voice except in laughter and song.--Dan Wakefield
Everything comes alive in these pages that, like her poems, always say more than the simple words. When you enter this book, this life, you enter the wonderful world that becomes her PoBiz farm, a world not just for poets but for anyone who is enthralled by the world and wants to leave it 'full of the last clover.'--Richard Jackson