Vendler, Helen

Vendler, Helen (Hennessy)

(1933–  ) literary critic, educator; born in Boston, Mass. A professor at Boston University (1966–85) and Harvard (1981), she became the New Yorker 's poetry critic (1978); through her numerous reviews there and in the New York Review of Books she exerted a powerful influence over the reputations and publications of contemporary poets.
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