My Years with Adrienne Rich

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English (Scripps)

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American Literature | Literature in English, North America | Women's Studies


Adrienne Rich, whose passing in late March of this 2012 was noted in a previous issue of Scripps Magazine, came to Brandeis University on a one-year creative writing fellowship in 1972, just as I was finishing my dissertation on American women poets. Though I was in awe of this well-published and much-admired personage, I got up the courage to ask her if she would be one of my readers, and she agreed. Thus began one of the most significant passages of my life. Rich worked over my puerile prose, challenged every facile statement I made, and became not just a “reader” but a mentor and a friend.

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