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photo of Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon in 1993

Donald Hall (1928-2018)

A selective list of literary criticism for mid-century American poet Donald Hall, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources

introduction & biography

"Donald Hall's Life Work." By Amanda Petrusich. New Yorker 26 June 2018.

"Between Solitude and Loneliness." By Donald Hall. Donald Hall writes about living alone in the same New Hampshire farmhouse house his family has occupied since the Civil War, and what it has been like to outlive his beloved wife Jane Kenyon. New Yorker 15 Oct. 2016.

"The Mischievous Warmth of Donald Hall." By William H. Pritchard. On A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety,” Donald Hall's last book, which comes out posthoumusly, on July 10. Commonweal Magazine 26 June 2018.

"Donald Hall, Who Gave His Life to Work and Eros." By Henri Cole, in the Paris Review 25 June 2018.

"The Poetry of Death." By Donald Hall. An autobiographical article on poetry and elegy. New Yorker 12 Sept. 2017.

"What Donald Hall Understood About Death." By Annika Neklason, in the Atlantic 12 Sept. 2017.

"Donald Hall." A brief introduction to Donald Hall from the Academy of American Poets.

"Donald Hall." Encyclopedia-type introduction to Donald Hall,includes a biography, selected poems, a list of his works and a secondary reading list, from the Poetry Foundation.

"Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon: A Life Together." The Bill Moyers film about the two poets.

literary criticism

Cole, Henri. "A Review of of Donald Hall's Old and New Poems." In Poetry 158, 1 (April 1991), pp. 51-54 [free at jstor].

Makuck, Peter. "Donald Hall: Exile and the Kingdom." The Sewanee Review 119, 1 (Winter 2011), pp. 139-149 [free at jstor].

Orr, Gregory. "A Reading of Donald Hall's Kicking the Leaves." In Agni 47 (1998), pp. 175-183 [free at jstor].

Rector, Liam. "About Donald Hall." Ploughshares 27, 2/3 (Fall, 2001), pp. 270-274 [free at jstor].

Walsh, Chris. "'Building the House of Dying': Donald Hall's Claim for Poetry." Agni 47 (1998), pp. 175-183 [free at jstor].

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