Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Mary Oliver was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Similarly, in 2007, The New York Times described her as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.”

Famous for

  • The poet who wrote ‘American Primitive’.

Gossip and Rumors

On January 17, 2019, Mary Oliver dies at the age of 83 due to lymphoma.

Early Life of Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver was born in Maple Heights, Ohio, The United States as Mary Jane Oliver with Vigro birth sign. Her nationality is American and belongs to white ethnicity. She was a daughter of Edward William and Helen M. (Vlasak) Oliver. Her father was a social studies teacher and an athletics coach in the Cleveland public schools.

Talking about her childhood days, she always has mentioned that it was hard but she loved writing and by writing, she used to create a world of her own. As a child, she has been sexually abused too.

Concerning her education, She studied at The Ohio State University and Vassar College in the mid-1950s but did not receive a degree at either college.

Career of Mary Oliver

Mary by profession is an American poetess who has done exceptional work in the field of literature. So her amazing journey started when she published her first collection of poems namely No Voyage and many other when she was 28 years old in the year 1963. Not only this during her early 1980s, she even taught at Case Western Reserve University. Her fifth collection of poems namely American Primitive won the Pulitzer prize in 1984. This is not it. She has received a lot of appreciation for her poems. She even won the Christopher Award and L.L Winship Award for her piece House Of Light and New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award. So you can see that she has received a lot of awards for her work and she deserves it as she writes exceptionally well. Her poems itself explains how much passion she has for writing and she loves to write. She even was not interested in giving a lot of interviews as she just liked her personal space and loves to talk less and write more. Her observations regarding different aspects of life are something magical and that is why she outshines others. Her poems are an inspiration for the new generation who wants to pursue their career into writing. So this was her professional journey so far and it has been undoubtedly an amazing one too.

Awards and Achievements of Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver earns many awards and honored from her career which mentions below:

  • 1969/70 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.
  • 1980 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
  • 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for American Primitive.
  • 1991 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award for House of Light.
  • 1992 National Book Award for Poetry for New and Selected Poems.
  • 1998 Lannan Literary Award for poetry.
  • 1998 Honorary Doctorate from The Art Institute of Boston.
  • 2003 Honorary membership into Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University.
  • 2007 Honorary Doctorate Dartmouth College.
  • 2008 Honorary Doctorate Tufts University.
  • 2012 Honorary Doctorate from Marquette University.
  • 2012 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Poetry for A Thousand Mornings.

Net Worth of Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver was a great poet and she is worldwide recognized for her wonderful poems. The list of awards is infinite and the fan base of such art is just never-ending. So it is quite obvious that she must have made a good amount out of her career although the exact figures are yet under review and will be updated soon

Death Cause of Mary Oliver

Pulitzer-winning poet, Mary Oliver dies at the age of 83. According to her literary executor Bill Reichblum statement, she died on Thursday, 17th January 2019 at her home in Hobe Sound, Florida. Her postmortem report shows that the cause of death was lymphoma, a group of blood cancer.

Personal Life of Mary Oliver

Moving towards her personal life, she was in a relationship with Molly Malone Cook, a photographer late 1950s. They live together as a partner for over forty years. They made their home largely in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where they lived until Cook’s death in 2005, and where Oliver continued to live until relocating to Florida. Greatly valuing her personal privacy, she was not disclosed her personal life till her death.

Body Measurements of Mary Oliver

Talking about her body measurement, She has pairs of blue eyes and dyed blonde hair color. Her other body measurement such as height, weight and more will be updated soon.

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