WRITER

Mary Oliver

1935 - 2019

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Mary Jane Oliver (September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019) was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. She found inspiration for her work in nature and had a lifelong habit of solitary walks in the wild. Her poetry is characterized by a sincere wonderment and profound connection with the environment, conveyed in unadorned language and simple yet striking imagery. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mary Oliver has received more than 2,056,217 page views. Her biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Mary Oliver is the 4,932nd most popular writer (up from 5,442nd in 2019), the 6,876th most popular biography from United States (up from 9,009th in 2019) and the 552nd most popular American Writer.

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Notable Works

What Do We Know
Women authors, American poetry
The United States in Literature
memory plays, autobiographical drama, Family
Contains: ... - [Young Goodman Brown](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL455569W/Young_Goodman_Brown) by Nathaniel Hawthorne ... - [An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL14863232W/Occurrence_at_Owl_Creek_Bridge) by Ambrose Bierce ... - [A Pair of Silk Stockings](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL20078930W/A_Pair_of_Silk_Stockings) by Kate Chopin ... - [The Glass Menagerie](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL30293W) by Tennesse Williams
Poems
Women authors, American poetry
Women in non-traditional aviation and space careers
Aeronautics, Vocational guidance, Women in aeronautics
Mark Twain's Library of Humor
American wit and humor, Wit and humor
English Country House Murders
domestic violence, Fiction, Private investigators
Contains: [Adventure of the Abbey Grange](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL17084226W/Adventure_of_the_Abbey_Grange) / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A marriage tragedy / Wilkie Collins Lord Chizelrigg's missing fortune / Robert Barr The Fordwych Castle mystery / Emmuska, Baroness Orczy The blue scarab / R. Austin Freeman The doom of the Darnaways / G. K. Chesterton The shadow on the glass / Agatha Christie The queen's square / Dorothy L. Sayers Death on the air / Ngaio Marsh The same to us / Margery Allingham The hunt ball / Freeman Wills Crofts The incautious burglar / John Dickson Carr The long shot / Nicholas Blake. Jeeves and the stolen Venus / P. G. Wodehouse Death in the sun / Michael Innes An unlocked window / Ethel Lina White The wood-for-the-trees / Philip MacDonald The man on the roof / Christianna Brand The death of Amy Robsart / Cyril Hare Fen Hall / Ruth Rendell A very desirable residence / P. D. James The Worcester enigma / James Miles.
Poems
Women authors, American poetry, Poetry (poetic works by one author)
The best American humorous short stories
American Short stories, Fiction, Humor (Fiction)
The Best American Humorous Short Stories features tales from Oliver Wendell Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain and many other well known writers. From the editor:This volume does not aim to contain all "the best American humorous short stories"; there are many other stories equally as good, I suppose, in much the same vein, scattered through the range of American literature. I have tried to keep a certain unity of aim and impression in selecting these stories. In the first place I determined that the pieces of brief fiction which I included must first of all be not merely good stories, but good short stories. I put myself in the position of one who was about to select the best short stories in the whole range of American literature, but who, just before he started to do this, was notified that he must refrain from selecting any of the best American short stories that did not contain the element of humor to a marked degree. But I have kept in mind the wide boundaries of the term humor, and also the fact that the humorous standard should be kept second - although a close second - to the short story standard.
Maria; or, The Wrongs of Woman
Fiction, Women, Biography
**Maria: or, The Wrongs of Woman** is the 18th-century British feminist Mary Wollstonecraft’s unfinished novelistic sequel to her revolutionary political treatise *A Vindication of the Rights of Woman* (1792). The Wrongs of Woman was published posthumously in 1798 by her husband, William Godwin, and is often considered her most radical feminist work. Wollstonecraft’s philosophical and gothic novel revolves around the story of woman imprisoned in an insane asylum by her husband. It focuses on the societal rather than the individual "wrongs of woman" and criticizes what Wollstonecraft viewed as the patriarchal institution of marriage in eighteenth-century Britain and the legal system that protected it. However, the heroine’s inability to relinquish her romantic fantasies also reveals women’s collusion in their oppression through false and damaging sentimentalism. The novel pioneered the celebration of female sexuality and cross-class identification between women. Such themes, coupled with the publication of Godwin’s scandalous Memoirs of Wollstonecraft’s life, made the novel unpopular at the time it was published. Twentieth-century feminist critics embraced the work, integrating it into the history of the novel and feminist discourse. It is most often viewed as a fictionalized popularization of the *Rights of Woman*, as an extension of Wollstonecraft’s feminist arguments in *Rights of Woman*, and as autobiographical. (Source: [Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria:_or,_The_Wrongs_of_Woman))
Mark Twain's Library of Humor
American wit and humor, Wit and humor, American wit and humor, social life and customs
Country House Murders
Country homes, Fiction, Country life
Contains: [Adventure of the Abbey Grange](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL17084226W/Adventure_of_the_Abbey_Grange) / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A marriage tragedy / Wilkie Collins Lord Chizelrigg's missing fortune / Robert Barr The Fordwych Castle mystery / Emmuska, Baroness Orczy The blue scarab / R. Austin Freeman The doom of the Darnaways / G. K. Chesterton The shadow on the glass / Agatha Christie The queen's square / Dorothy L. Sayers Death on the air / Ngaio Marsh The same to us / Margery Allingham The hunt ball / Freeman Wills Crofts The incautious burglar / John Dickson Carr The long shot / Nicholas Blake. Jeeves and the stolen Venus / P. G. Wodehouse Death in the sun / Michael Innes An unlocked window / Ethel Lina White The wood-for-the-trees / Philip MacDonald The man on the roof / Christianna Brand The death of Amy Robsart / Cyril Hare Fen Hall / Ruth Rendell A very desirable residence / P. D. James The Worcester enigma / James Miles.
The Dark Descent
Horror tales, American Horror tales, English Horror tales
pt. 1. The color of evil. The reach / Stephen King -- Evening primrose / John Collier -- The ash-tree / M.R. James -- The new mother / Lucy Clifford -- There's a long, long trail a-winding / Russell Kirk -- The call of Cthulhu / H.P. Lovecraft -- The summer people / Shirley Jackson -- The whimper of whipped dogs / Harlan Ellison -- [Young Goodman Brown](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL455569W/Young_Goodman_Brown) / Nathaniel Hawthorne -- Mr. Justice Harbottle -- J. Sheridan Le Fanu -- The crowd / Ray Bradbury -- The autopsy / Michael Shea -- John Charrington's wedding / E. Nesbit -- Sticks / Karl Edward Wagner -- Larger than oneself / Robert Aickman -- Belsen Express / Fritz Leiber -- Yours truly, Jack the Ripper / Robert Bloch -- If Damon comes / Charles L. Grant -- Vandy, Vandy / Manly Wade Wellman -- pt. 2. The Medusa in the shield. The swords / Robert Aickman -- The roaches / Thomas M. Disch -- Bright segment / Theodore Sturgeon -- Dread / Clive Barker -- The fall of the house of Usher / Edgar Allan Poe -- The monkey / Stephen King -- Within the walls of Tyre / Michael Bishop -- The rats in the walls / H.P. Lovecraft -- Schalken the painter / J. Sheridan Le Fanu -- The yellow wallpaper / Charlotte Perkins Gilman -- A rose for Emily / William Faulkner -- How love came to Professor Guildea / Robert Hichens -- Born of man and woman / Richard Matheson -- My dear Emily / Joanna Russ -- You can go now / Dennis Etchison -- The rocking-horse winner / D.H. Lawrence -- Three days / Tanith Lee -- Good country people / Flannery O'Connor -- Mackintosh Willy / Ramsey Campbell -- The jolly corner / Henry James -- pt. 3. A fabulous formless darkness. Smoke ghost / Fritz Leiber -- Seven American nights / Gene Wolfe -- The signal-man / Charles Dickens -- [Crouch End](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL19650699W/Crouch_End) / Stephen King -- Night-side / Joyce Carol Oates -- Seaton's aunt / Walter de la Mare -- Clara Militch / Ivan Turgenev -- The repairer of reputations / Robert W. Chambers -- The beckoning fair one / Oliver Onions -- What was it? / Fitz-James O'Brien -- The beautiful stranger / Shirley Jackson -- [The damned thing](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL20084265W/The_Damned_Thing) / Ambrose Bierce -- Afterward / Edith Wharton -- The willows / Algernon Blackwood -- The Asian shore / Thomas M. Disch -- The hospice / Robert Aickman -- A little something for us tempunauts / Philip K. Dick.

Among WRITERS

Among writers, Mary Oliver ranks 4,932 out of 7,302Before her are Mark Frost, Swarnakumari Devi, Marin Sorescu, Wang Meng, Frédérick Tristan, and Olavo Bilac. After her are Piers Anthony, Eyvindr skáldaspillir, Sahir Ludhianvi, Albert Londres, Anna Maria Lenngren, and Francis Bebey.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1935, Mary Oliver ranks 345Before her are Ahmad al-Ghashmi, Michael Chapman, Oscar Panno, Candy Barr, Johnny Mathis, and Lee Meriwether. After her are Régine Deforges, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Märta Tikkanen, João Morais, Nancy Kovack, and Vicente Lucas. Among people deceased in 2019, Mary Oliver ranks 334Before her are Norma Croker, Pedro Morales, Beth Carvalho, Richard Lugar, Sulli, and Richard Williams. After her are Egisto Pandolfini, Inger Berggren, Blanca Fernández Ochoa, Zlatko Škorić, Yekaterina Mikhailova-Demina, and Verna Bloom.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Mary Oliver ranks 6,876 out of 20,380Before her are Dove Cameron (1996), Mark Lanegan (1964), Keri Russell (1976), Miguel Sandoval (1951), Ken Jeong (1969), and Marshall Berman (1940). After her are William P. Gottlieb (1917), Kate Mara (1983), Cameron Crowe (1957), Ron Asheton (1948), Allan Bloom (1930), and Richard Simmons (1948).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Mary Oliver ranks 552Before her are Marilynne Robinson (1943), Horatio Alger (1832), C. L. Moore (1911), Diane Ackerman (1948), Edmund Wilson (1895), and Mark Frost (1953). After her are Paula Fox (1923), Eben Alexander (1953), Frank Belknap Long (1901), William Dean Howells (1837), Kenneth Copeland (1936), and Sidney Howard (1891).