28 Facts About Donald Hall

1. Donald Hall died on June 23, 2018, in Wilmot, New Hampshire.

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2. Donald Hall served as Poet Laureate of New Hampshire from 1984 to 1989.

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3. Donald Hall edited more than two dozen textbooks and anthologies, including The Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America and Contemporary American Poetry (Penguin Books, 1962).

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4. Donald Hall was born on September 20, 1928, and grew up in Hamden, Connecticut.

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5. Donald Hall writes remarkable poems about loss, solitude, nature, and baseball.

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6. Donald Hall is appointed 14th poet laureate of the United States.

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7. In 1953, Donald Hall became the poetry editor of the Paris Review, a position he held until 1961.

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8. Donald Hall attended Philips Exeter Academy and had his first poem published at age 16.

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9. Donald Hall currently resides at Eagle Pond Farm in Wilmot, New Hampshire, a small town in Merrimack County in the vicinity of fellow poet and author Maxine Kumin.

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10. At the time of his appointment, Donald Hall was profiled in an Oct 16, 2006 episode of The News Hour With Jim Leher.

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11. Donald Hall has won many awards, including two Guggenheim Fellowships and a Robert Frost Medal, and has served as poet laureate of his state.

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12. New England writer Donald Hall was a major poet in the lineage of Robert Frost.

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13. Donald Hall rewarded the Rams with his second straight defensive player of the year award.

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14. Donald Hall appeared in Ken Burns' 1994 documentary on baseball, and was the voice of Walt Whitman in Burns' The Civil War.

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15. Donald Hall was nominated for the National Book Award on three separate occasions.

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16. Donald Hall devoted a lot of time to editing: between 1983 and 1996 he oversaw publication of more than sixty titles for the University of Michigan Press alone.

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17. Donald Hall was closely affiliated with the Bennington College's graduate writing program since 1994, giving lectures and readings annually.

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18. Donald Hall was born in Hamden, Connecticut, the only child of Donald Andrew Hall, a businessman, and Lucy Wells.

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19. Donald Hall died on June 23, 2018, at the age of 89 at his home in Wilmot.

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20. Donald Hall won many awards, including two Guggenheim Fellowships and a Robert Frost Medal, and served as poet laureate of his state.

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21. Donald Hall continued to write throughout his prep school years at Exeter, and, while still only sixteen years old, attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, where he made his first acquaintance with the poet Robert Frost.

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22. Donald Hall was educated at Phillips Exeter and Harvard University, and is the author of 11 books of poetry including The One Day, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Museum of Clear Ideas.

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23. Donald Hall was the subject of a short documentary by Paul Szynol called Quiet Hours.

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24. At the time of his appointment, Donald Hall was profiled in episode of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer which aired on October 16, 2006.

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25. Donald Hall served as a member of the editorial board for poetry at the Wesleyan University Press from 1958 to 1964.

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26. At the end of his first Oxford year, Donald Hall won the university's Newdigate Prize, awarded for his long poem, 'Exile'.

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27. Donald Hall was respected for his work as an academic, having taught at Stanford University, Bennington College and the University of Michigan, and having made significant contributions to the study and craft of writing.

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28. On June 14, 2006, Donald Hall was appointed as the Library of Congress's 14th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.

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