Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich, 1929–2012, American poet, b. Baltimore, grad. Radcliffe, 1951. From the 1970s on her volumes of exquisitely wrought verse increasingly reflected feminist and lesbian themes. Among her two dozen poetry collections are A Change of World (1951), Diving into the Wreck (1973), The Dream of a Common Language (1978), A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far (1981), Your Native Land, Your Life (1986), Time's Power (1989), Dark Fields of the Republic (1996), and Tonight No Poetry Will Serve (2011). Her volumes of feminist theory and criticism include Of Women Born (1976), On Lies, Secrets, and Silence (1979), and Blood, Bread, and Poetry (1986). Her prose reflections on the function of poetry are in What Is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics (1993).

See her Collected Early Poems: 1950–1970 (1993); biography by A. Sickels (2005); studies by J. R. Cooper (1984), C. Keyes (1986), C. Werner (1988), A. Templeton (1994), and C. C. Langdell (2004).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Adrienne Rich: 'I Happen to Think Poetry Makes a Huge Difference.' (Interview)
Rothschild, Matthew.
The Progressive, Vol. 58, No. 1, January 1994
An American Triptych: Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich
Wendy Martin.
University of North Carolina Press, 1984
Anglo-American Feminist Challenges to the Rhetorical Traditions: Virginia Woolf, Mary Daly, Adrienne Rich
Krista Ratcliffe.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1996
Stein, Bishop & Rich: Lyrics of Love, War & Place
Margaret Dickie.
University of North Carolina Press, 1997
Imagining Incest: Sexton, Plath, Rich, and Olds on Life with Daddy
Gale Swiontkowski.
Susquehanna University Press, 2003
Identity Poetics: Race, Class, and the Lesbian-Feminist Roots of Queer Theory
Linda Garber.
Columbia University Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Five "An Uncommonly Queer Reading: Adrienne Rich"
The Voice of the Mother: Embedded Maternal Narratives in Twentieth-Century Women's Autobiographies
Jo Malin.
Southern Illinois University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Adrienne Rich, Of Woman Born" begins on p. 37
Women, Literature, Criticism
Harry R. Garvin.
Bucknell University Press, 1978
Librarian’s tip: "Politics of Suicide and Survival: The Poetry of Anne Sexton and Adrienne Rich" begins on p. 106
Mapping after the Holocaust: The "Atlases" of Adrienne Rich and Gerhard Richter
Jacobs, Joshua S.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 32, No. 4, December 1999
Iconicity, Immersion and Otherness: The Hegelian "Dive" of J.M. Coetzee and Adrienne Rich
Eckstein, Barbara.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 29, No. 1, March 1996
Framing Water: Historical Knowledge in Elizabeth Bishop and Adrienne Rich
Gilbert, Roger.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 43, No. 2, Summer 1997
Women and Death: Linkages in Western Thought and Literature
Beth Ann Bassein.
Greenwood Press, 1984
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VIII "Topographical and Astronomical Images in Adrienne Rich's Poetry"
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