Knopf, which has published Olds’s work for decades, is rushing to reprint more copies while interest is hot. Publicity Director Nicholas Latimer said this afternoon that “Stag’s Leap” is getting a fifth printing of 3,500 hardback copies and a third printing of 10,000 paperback copies. There will soon be 25,000 copies in print total — an extraordinary number for a book of contemporary poetry.
The Pulitzer judges praised her book for its “unflinching” examination of “love, sorrow and the limits of self-knowledge.”
Olds, who lives in New Hampshire, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry in 1984. She created a stir in 2005 when, to protest the Iraq War, she publicly declined First Lady Laura Bush’s invitation to the National Book Festival.