Poet 7:

[Paul Muldoon]

Paul Muldoon
(b. 1951)

Paul Muldoon is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet from County Armagh, Northern Ireland as well as an educator and academic at Princeton University. He is married to the writer Jean Hanff Korelitz, has two children - Dorothy and Asher - and lives in Griggstown, New Jersey.

Muldoon has lived in the United States since 1987; he teaches at Princeton University and is an Honorary Professor in the School of English at the University of St Andrews. He held the chair of Professor of Poetry at Oxford University for the five-year term 1999–2004, and he is an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford University. In addition, he teaches in Vermont at The Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College's graduate program.

Muldoon's work has usually been overshadowed by that of his friend and mentor, Seamus Heaney. Heaney, who won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, is better known and has enjoyed more popular success, while Muldoon has been referred to as 'the poet's poet', whose work is frequently too involved for a more casual readership. However, Muldoon's reputation as a serious poet was confirmed in 2003 with his winning of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

He has been awarded such honours as fellowships in the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize; the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, and the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry. In September 2007 he was hired as poetry editor of The New Yorker.

Muldoon has contributed the librettos for four operas by Daron Hagen: Shining Brow (1992), Vera of Las Vegas (1996), Bandanna (1998), and The Antient Concert (2005). He is also interested in rock music, writing lyrics and playing rhythm guitar in his own Princeton-based rock band, Rackett.

[Princeton University]

Author Pages:

[Official Paul Muldoon Home Page (2009)]


  • Knowing My Place. UK: Ulsterman Publications, 1971.
  • New Weather. London: Faber, 1973.
  • Spirit of Dawn. UK: Ulsterman Publications, 1975.
  • Mules. London: Faber, 1977.
  • Names and Addresses. UK: Ulsterman Publications, 1978.
  • Immram. County Meath, Ireland: Gallery Press, 1980.
  • Why Brownlee Left. London: Faber, 1980.
  • Out of Siberia. County Meath, Ireland: Gallery Press, 1982.
  • Quoof. London: Faber, 1983.
  • The Wishbone. County Meath, Ireland: Gallery Press, 1984.
  • Selected Poems 1968-1983. London: Faber, 1986.
  • Meeting the British. London: Faber, 1987.
  • Madoc: A Mystery. London: Faber, 1990.
  • The Annals of Chile. London: Faber, 1994.
  • The Prince of the Quotidian. County Meath, Ireland: Gallery Press, 1994.
  • Kerry Slides. County Meath, Ireland: Gallery Press, 1996.
  • New Selected Poems 1968-1994 London: Faber, 1996.
  • Hopewell Haiku. USA: Warwick Press, 1997.
  • Hay. London: Faber, 1998.
  • Poems 1968-1998. London: Faber, 2001.
  • Moy Sand and Gravel. London: Faber, 2002.
  • Medley for Morin Khur. London: Enitharmon, 2005.
  • Sixty Instant Messages to Tom Moore. Modern Haiku Press, 2005.
  • Horse Latitudes. London: Faber, 2006.
  • When the Pie was Opened. Cahier Series, 8. Illustrated by Lanfranco Quadrio. Paris: American University / Sylph Editions, 2008.
  • Plan B. Photographs by Norman McBeath. London: Enitharmon, 2009.
  • Wayside Shrines. Illustrated by Keith Wilson. County Meath, Ireland: Gallery Press, 2009.
  • Maggot. London: Faber, 2010.
  • One Thousand Things Worth Knowing. London: Faber, 2015.
  • Selected Poems 1968-2014. London: Faber, 2016.

  • Drama:
  • Shining Brow. London: Faber, 1993.
  • Six Honest Serving Men. Gallery Press, 1995.
  • Bandanna: An Opera in Two Acts and a Prologue. London: Faber, 1999.
  • Aristophanes. The Birds (adaptation). Gallery Press, 1999.
  • Vera of Las Vegas. Gallery Press, 2001.

  • Translated:
  • Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. The Astrakhan Cloak. County Meath, Ireland: Gallery Press, 1993.
  • Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. The Fifty Minute Mermaid. County Meath, Ireland: Gallery Press, 2007.

  • Children's Books:
  • The O-O's Party, New Year's Eve. County Meath, Ireland: Gallery Press, 1980.
  • The Last Thesaurus. Illustrations by Rodney Rigby. London: Faber, 1995.
  • The Noctuary of Narcissus Batt. Illustrations by Markéta Prachatická. London: Faber, 1997.
  • Reverse Flannery: Magical Tales of Ireland. New York: Random House, 2003.

  • Edited:
  • The Scrake of Dawn: Poems by Young People from Northern Ireland. Belfast: Blackstaff Press in association with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 1979.
  • The Faber Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry. London: Faber, 1986.
  • The Essential Byron. New York: Ecco Press, 1989.
  • The Faber Book of Beasts. London: Faber, 1997.
  • The Oxford and Cambridge May Anthologies 2000: Poetry. Oxford & Cambridge: Varsity / Cherwell, 2000.
  • The Best American Poetry 2005. Guest Editor Paul Muldoon. Series Editor David Lehmann. New York: Scribner, 2005.

  • Prose:
  • The End of the Poem: 'All Souls Night' by W. B. Yeats. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • To Ireland, I. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • The End of the Poem: Oxford Lectures in Poetry. London: Faber, 2006.

  • Secondary Literature:
  • Holdridge, Jefferson.The Poetry of Paul Muldoon. Dublin: The Liffey Press, 2008.

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