Babette Deutsch


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New York poet, noted for her sensitive intellectual verse, highly charged with emotion and concerned with social questions and attitudes. Her reputation was established by her early volumes, Banners (1919), Honey Out of the Rock (1925), and Fire for the Night (1930). Epistle to Prometheus (1931) is on the Promethean spirit throughout the ages; One Part Love (1939), a protest against the spiritual darkness of today; Take Them, Stranger (1944), poems of war; Animal, Vegetable, Mineral (1954) and Coming of Age (1959), new and selected earlier poems and translations; and Collected Poems (1969). Besides novels, A Brittle Heaven (1926), In Such a Night (1927), Mask of Silenus (1933), and Rogue's Legacy (1942), she wrote a biography of Whitman (1941) for children. Critical works include Potable Gold: Some Notes on Poetry and This Age (1929), This Modern Poetry (1935), revised as Poetry in Our Time (1954), and anthologies of Russian and German poetry.

Subjects: Literature.

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