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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lisel Mueller  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: 1924 in Hamburg, Germany

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Illinois Connection

Mueller has lived in the Chicago area since fleeing Nazi Germany at the age of 15.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lisel Mueller is a poet and translator. She graduated from the University of Evansville (Indiana) in 1944 and has taught at the University of Chicago, Elmhurst College in Illinois, and Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Mueller has also written book reviews for the Chicago Daily News.


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Titles At Your Library

The Private Life: Poems (Louisiana paperbacks ; L-73)
ISBN: 0807101826

Louisiana State Univ Pr. 1976

“Lisel Mueller’s poems are deeply felt and give pleasure because of their truth conveyed in sensuous terms. I found myself earmarking numbers of poems because they were compelling, satisfying, each a thing in itself.”―Richard Eberhart


The forty-three poems in this award winning collection by Lisel Mueller are written with a sense of history, an awareness of the inescapable changes taking place in our century and the effect on how we see our lives.


Each of the poems speaks from a separate moment of experience. Each of them in its own way, celebrates the autonomy of the self, the mysteries of intimacy, growth, and feeling, and the struggle against what one writer has called the “ongoing assault from without to be something palpable and identifiable.”

The Need to Hold Still: Poems
ISBN: 0807106704

LSU Press. 1980

Book by Mueller, Lisel

Second Language
ISBN: 0807113360

Louisiana State University Press. 1986

Second Language is the fourth volume of work from the highly acclaimed poet Lisel Mueller. The second language of the title, English, supplanted Mueller’s native language when she came to the United States from Hitler’s Germany at age fifteen. But other second languages are at work here as well. The poems in this collection have to do with memory and metaphor, two forces that enable us to interpret our experience. Each is in a sense a second language, and in Mueller’s employ each gains expression in an imaginative and humanistic voice. In “English as a Second Language,” the various meanings of Second Language come together lucidly and effectively.

Waving from Shore
ISBN: 0807115762

Louisiana State Univ Pr. 1989

Poems deal with language, music, memory, mortality, silence, the night, and the past

Alive Together: New and Selected Poems
ISBN: 0807121274

Louisiana State Univ Pr. 1996

A collection of poems addresses such topics as family history, music, language, art, and mortality

Dependencies: Poems
ISBN: 0807122750

LSU Press. 1998

This is a reissue of 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Lisel Mueller's first collection of work.


Awards

-- The Private Life

Lamont Poetry Selection, Academy of American Poets, 1975 The Need to Hold Still

National Book Award, 1980 Alive Together: New and Selected Poems

Pulitzer Prize, 1997 Other Awards:

Carl Sandburg Award

National Endowment for the Arts fellowship

Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, 2002

Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 1995