The Simple Truth

The Simple Truth

by Philip Levine

Hardcover(1st ed)

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Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for 1995, Philip Levine goes from strength to strength, having received the National Book Ward for Poetry for his earlier book What Work Is. This is the first paperback edition of this text, about which Harold Bloom said, "The controlled pathos of every poem in the volume is immense, and gives me a new sense of Levine."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679435808
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/11/1994
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 6.19(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Philip Levine was born in 1928 in Detroit and was formally educated there, in the public schools and at Wayne University (now Wayne State University). After a succession of industrial jobs, he left the city for good and lived in various parts of the country before settling in Fresno, California, where he taught at the state university until his retirement. For twelve autumns he served as poet in residence at New York University. He has received many awards for his books of poems, including the National Book Award in 1991 for What Work Is and the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for The Simple Truth. In 2011 he was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States. He divides his time between Fresno, California, and Brooklyn, New York.


Fresno, California

Date of Birth:

January 10, 1928

Place of Birth:

Detroit, Michigan


B.A., Wayne State University; M.F.A., Iowa Writers Workshop, University of Iowa

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