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Our world

Molly Malone Cook (Photographer), Mary Oliver
"Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, is one of the most celebrated and best-selling poets in America. Molly Malone Cook, who died in 2005, was Oliver’s partner for many years, a pioneer gallery owner and photographer. This book joins Cook’s photographs with Oliver’s prose—a uniquely intimate intertwining of their lives and art. There are famous faces here, among them Lorraine Hansberry, Walker Evans, Norman Mailer, and even, through a restaurant window in Venice, Jean Cocteau. Other artists and dozens of wonderful characters and scenes are also immortalized by Cook’s unfailing eye for telling detail and perfect composition—two strangers playing chess, laundry billowing in a cityscape, a Pueblo Indian with his 1958 Cadillac. Mary Oliver writes of Cook’s work, the people they knew, and the places they visited or lived. The poet’s beautiful text captures not only the unique qualities of her partner’s work, but the very texture of their shared world." -- from the Publisher
Print Book, English, ©2007
Beacon Press, Boston, Mass., ©2007