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Nancy Willard; wrote children's stories, poems

NEW YORK — Nancy Willard, a prolific author whose 70 books of poems and fiction enchanted children and adults alike with a lyrical blend of fanciful illusion and stark reality, died Feb. 19 at her home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She was 80.

The cause was coronary and pulmonary arrest, said her husband, photographer Eric Lindbloom.

Ms. Willard's 1982 picture book, "A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers," was the first volume of poetry to receive the

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