Donald Hall was revered as a preeminent man of American letters. Hall served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 2006—2007, but was also considered among the greatest essayists of his time. In 2010, Hall was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. Hall approached writing as he approached life–with simplicity, affection, and a wry wit.
American, 1928 - 2018