New and Selected Poems: Volume One.
Boston: Beacon Press, 1992. First edition. Octavo. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page. Since its publication, this title has been the best-selling volume of poetry in the United States. First editions are uncommon.
Mary Oliver was described by The New York Times as "far and away, [America's] best-selling poet." She has won both the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and the National Book Award in 1992. Oliver's poetry has been called an "indefatigable guide to the natural world, particularly to its lesser-known aspects" (Kumin, 1993). "Visionary as Emerson [… she is] among the few American poets who can describe and transmit ecstasy, while retaining a practical awareness of the world as one of predators and prey," reviewed The Nation. Holly Prado of Los Angeles Times Book Review noted that Oliver's work "touches a vitality in the familiar that invests it with a fresh intensity."