Deutsch, Babette (doich), 1895–1982, American poet, b. New York City. Her poems are noted for their technical virtuosity and wide range of tone and subject matter. Her best-known collections include Animal, Vegetable, Mineral (1954), Coming of Age (1959), and Collected Poems (1963 and 1969). She also wrote novels, including Mask of Silenus (1933), and numerous critical works, such as Poetry in Our Time (1954). She was married to Avrahm Yarmolinsky (1890–1975), the critic and scholar.
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Deutsch, Babette(1895–1982) poet, writer; born in New York City. She studied at Barnard College (B.A. 1917), and lived in New York City. She lectured at the New School for Social Research (1933–35), Columbia University (1944–71), and at many other institutions. She is known as a translator of Russian poetry, often in collaboration with her husband, Avrahm Yarmolinsky, as an editor and critic, and as a writer of adult and juvenile fiction. Most importantly, however, she is praised as an intelligent and perceptive poet, as in The Collected Poems of Babette Deutsch (1969).
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