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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Adrienne Rich: Selected full-text books and articles

Adrienne Rich: 'I Happen to Think Poetry Makes a Huge Difference.' (Interview) By Rothschild, Matthew The Progressive, Vol. 58, No. 1, January 1994
Stein, Bishop & Rich: Lyrics of Love, War & Place By Margaret Dickie University of North Carolina Press, 1997
Identity Poetics: Race, Class, and the Lesbian-Feminist Roots of Queer Theory By 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 By Jo Malin Southern Illinois University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Adrienne Rich, Of Woman Born" begins on p. 37
Women, Literature, Criticism By 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 By Jacobs, Joshua S Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 32, No. 4, December 1999
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Iconicity, Immersion and Otherness: The Hegelian "Dive" of J.M. Coetzee and Adrienne Rich By Eckstein, Barbara Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 29, No. 1, March 1996
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Framing Water: Historical Knowledge in Elizabeth Bishop and Adrienne Rich By Gilbert, Roger Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 43, No. 2, Summer 1997
Women and Death: Linkages in Western Thought and Literature By Beth Ann Bassein Greenwood Press, 1984
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VIII "Topographical and Astronomical Images in Adrienne Rich's Poetry"
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