Mark Doty is the author of more than ten volumes of poetry and three memoirs. His many honours include the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers' Award, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, and, in the UK, the T. S. Eliot Prize. He is a professor at Rutgers University and lives in New York City.
Mark Doty's deeply personal love letter to Walt Whitman, belongs in the pantheon...beside Ted Hughes's Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being and Don Paterson's Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets... As admirers of his poetry and memoirs will know, Doty writes about his life with a rare warmth and candour. He makes you lean forward to listen... He reads with care, in the sense of both attentiveness and love. -- Tristram Fane Saunders * Daily Telegraph * Doty is an extraordinarily fine writer whose every word sings on the page... There certainly couldn't be a more appropriate explorer [of Whitman] than Doty, as both a leading North American poet and a memoirist and prose writer of exceptional grace and depth... This is an exceptional, passionate memoir of reading, and of a poet's lifelong work of understanding self and the world. -- Fiona Sampson * Spectator *