Rich, Adrienne

Rich, Adrienne,

1929–2012, American poet, b. Baltimore, grad. Radcliffe, 1951. From the 1970s her exquisitely wrought verse became looser and more personal as her works increasingly reflected feminist and lesbian themes. Among her two dozen poetry collections are A Change of World (1951), Diving into the Wreck (1973, National Book Award), 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), an investigation of motherhood, as well as 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) and the posthumously published Collected Poems: 1950–2012 (2016, ed. by A. Gelpi et al.); Essential Essays (2018, ed. by S. M. Gilbert); biographies by A. Sickels (2005) and H. Holladay (2020); studies by J. R. Cooper (1984), C. Keyes (1986), C. Werner (1988), A. Templeton (1994), and C. C. Langdell (2004).

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Rich, Adrienne (Cecile)

(1929–  ) poet; born in Baltimore, Md. She studied at Radcliffe (B.A. 1951), lived briefly in the Netherlands, and taught at many institutions, notably Cornell (1981). Based in New York City, she won many awards and is known for her highly personal poetry, such as Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971–1972 (1973).
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References in periodicals archive ?
RICH, Adrienne. "Notes Towards a Politics of Location".
Rich, Adrienne. "When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision".
The unrest in labour relations is a reminder that the Factories Acts did not end capitalism, but they changed the relations of the workers to their own lives (Rich, Adrienne, 1995).
Rich, Adrienne, "Permeable Membrane," in A Human Eye: Essays on Art in Society, 1997-2008 (New York: Norton, 2009).
Rich, Adrienne. "Notes toward a Politics of Location." 1984.
Rich, Adrienne. "When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision." On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978.
Rich, Adrienne. Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution (New York: W.W.
Rich, Adrienne. "XVII" in "Twenty-One Love Poems:" The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977.