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Donald Andrew Hall, Jr., known as Donald Hall, is an American poet, writer, editor, and literary critic. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard, and Oxford, Hall is the author of over 50 books across several genres. On June 14, 2006, Hall was appointed the Library of Congress’s fourteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Born in 1928, he had a long and prolific career, earning numerous awards and honors for his poetry and prose. His work often explored themes of rural life, nature, and the passing of time. Hall's writing was known for its precise language and vivid images, and he became one of the most respected and influential poets of his generation. Hall was dedicated to promoting poetry and encouraging young writers throughout his life. His extensive body of work continues to resonate with readers, capturing the beauty and complexity of the human experience.

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Quote Left I used to envy kids who had an old-fashioned Grandpa. Not any more. I've got a new ambition. Now I just want to become a modern-type Grandpa myself-and really start living. Quote Right
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Quote Left Does Grandpa love to baby-sit his grandchildren Are you kidding By day he is too busy taking hormone shots at the doctor's or chip shots on the golf course. At night he and Grandma are too busy doing the cha-cha. Quote Right
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Quote Left Whatever happened to that old-fashioned Grandpa If he still survives, he must be hiding in the small towns. You sure don't see him very often in the big city. The big-city Grandpa has gone big time. ... He is the life of every party, and out to prove he is just as young as he ever was. A grandchild who makes the mistake of calling him 'Gramps' is lucky if he isn't rewarded by a quick kick in the stomach. Quote Right
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