Search Results: "Richard Wilbur"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 2000

"The graceful combination of virtuoso formal verse and fully matured wisdom produces a tightly woven group of poems and translations that reinforce Wilbur's standing as one of the great poetic craftsmen of the 20th century."
Eleven years have passed since Richard Wilbur won his second Pulitzer Prize for New and Collected Poems. Read full book review >

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THE PIG IN THE SPIGOT by Richard Wilbur
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"It is OK—for large poetry collections or for avid collectors of Siebold's work. (Poetry. 7-9)"
Wilbur's credentials as a poet are impeccable: a former US Poet Laureate, he has twice won the Pulitzer Prize as well as the National Book Award and has written several previous books of children's poetry (The Disappearing Alphabet, 1998, etc.), focusing on imaginative wordplay. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1997

"A smart, cleanly written, yet not especially adventurous harvest."
A poet's amble in prose through poetry and other byways of language and art. Read full book review >

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A GAME OF CATCH by Richard Wilbur
POETRY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Like Julie Brinckloe's Playing Marbles (1988), an exploration of play-as-metaphor whose symbolic levels will be more perceptible to adults than to children. (Picture book. 8+)"
Seemingly amiable play becomes anything but in a distinguished poet's brief, disturbing story, first published 40 years ago in the New Yorker. Read full book review >

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RUNAWAY OPPOSITES by Richard Wilbur
HUMOR
Released: March 1, 1995

These poems come from Wilbur's books Opposites (1973) and More Opposites (1991). Read full book review >

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THE DISAPPEARING ALPHABET by Richard Wilbur
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

The joining of the talents of the incandescent Diaz and the wry, venerable Wilbur has produced an enchanting picture book. Read full book review >

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MONSOON by Wilbur Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 1999

"Smith overstuffs every possible paragraph of his cutlass-and-pistol epic, yet he paces his tale as swiftly as he can with swordplay aplenty and killing strokes that come like lightning out of a sunny blue sky."
Bestselling Smith (the Ancient Egypt duet River God, 1994, and The Seventh Scroll,1995, etc.), who usually specializes in colorfully escapist tales with South African settings, returns to the 18th-century scene of his seagoing Birds of Prey (1997) to continue with the lives of the three sons of Sir Henry —Hal— Courteney—Tom, Dorian, and Guy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A heart-warming chronicle of human courage and endurance, as well as a welcome restoration of a pioneering aeronautical engineer's tarnished reputation."
A gripping tale of a disastrous expedition to the North Pole led by the Italian dirigible designer Umberto Nobile. Read full book review >

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WARLOCK by Wilbur Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2001

"Warlock will get a major marketing campaign."
Third appearance of Taita, the witty but enigmatic polymath eunuch who narrated River God (1994) and reappeared largely on a 4,000-year-old papyrus scroll in The Seventh Scroll (1995). Read full book review >

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THE BLUE HORIZON by Wilbur Smith
Released: May 13, 2003

"Utter nonsense, but as readable as ever. Really big retro-fun for the gents."
Superprolific chronicler of Afro-colonial glory days Smith continues the saga of the Courtney family from where it left off in Monsoon (1999). Read full book review >

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ELEPHANT SONG by Wilbur Smith
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Smith knows the scene."
A dashing producer of TV documentaries battles to save his beloved Africa from callous international multimillionaires and home-grown villainous politicians—in a free-standing adventure from the author of the Africa-based Courtney sagas (Golden Fox, A Time to Die, etc.) and others. Read full book review >

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THOSE IN PERIL by Wilbur Smith
Released: May 1, 2011

"An uneven, ripped-from-the-headlines swashbuckler whose heroes dodge their enemies' bullets and the implications of their own actions, with mixed results."
Smith tackles modern-day pirates in this adventure novel set in Africa. Read full book review >