Eavan Boland

Eavan Boland (1944—2020) was the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry, including Outside History and several volumes of nonfiction, and was coeditor of the anthology The Making of Poem. Born in Dublin, Ireland, she was one of the foremost female voices in Irish literature. She received a Lannan Foundation Award and an American Ireland Fund Literary Award, among other honors. She taught at Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Bowdoin College, and Stanford University, where she was the director of the creative writing program.


Winner — New York Times Notable Selection, 2001

Shortlisted — Northern California Book Award, 2012

Winner — Costa Book Award, 2020

Books by Eavan Boland

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    Outside History: Selected Poems, 1980-1990

    Eavan Boland

    Paperback, 1992

    An essential volume by one of our most esteemed poets.
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    In a Time of Violence: Poems

    Eavan Boland

    Paperback, 1998

    The publication of Eavan Boland's previous book, Outside History: Selected Poems 1980-1990, established Boland as a significant presence in the contemporary American poetry world.
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    Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time

    Eavan Boland

    Paperback, 1998

    In this important prose work, one of our major poets explores, through autobiography and argument, a woman's life in Ireland together with a poet's work.
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    An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1957-1987

    Eavan Boland

    Paperback, 1997

    "Readers of this work will recognize and relish the way this collection charts a life's course."--Publishers Weekly
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    The Lost Land: Poems

    Eavan Boland

    Paperback, 1999

    "A poet at the peak of her power . . . one of Ireland's greatest and among the best writing in English anywhere."—Booklist
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    The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms

    Eavan Boland, Mark Strand

    Paperback, 2001

    "Concise, learned, revisionary... should enrich the passionate conversation about poetic forms for years to come."— Edward Hirsch, author of How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry
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    Against Love Poetry: Poems

    Eavan Boland

    Paperback, 2004

    A collection of poems about marriage by one of our most celebrated poets.
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    The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology

    Eavan Boland, Edward Hirsch

    Paperback, 2009

    An enlightening, celebratory anthology of the most classic and enduring of forms edited by two major poets.
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    Domestic Violence: Poems

    Eavan Boland

    Paperback, 2008

    A celebrated collection from "one of the finest and boldest poets of the last half century" (Poetry Review).
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    New Collected Poems

    Eavan Boland

    Paperback, 2009

    An expansive, celebratory collection from “one of the finest and boldest poets of the last half century” (Poetry Review).