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Muriel Rukeyser

Muriel RukeyserBorn: 15-Dec-1913
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 12-Feb-1980
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Stroke

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual
Occupation: Poet, Activist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Book of the Dead

Some time at the Roosevelt Aviation School gave Rukeyser background for her first book of poetry, Theory of Flight. Her best-known work is The Book of the Dead, a series of poems published in the volume U.S. 1. Always an activist, she was a reporter arrested in 1933 during the Scottsboro Trials, protested the Vietnam War from Hanoi, and later the imprisonment on death row of fellow poet Kim Chi Ha by South Korea.

Father: Lawrence Rukeyser (concrete salesman)
Mother: Myra (bookkeeper)
Sister: (younger)
Husband: (m. 1945)
Son: William L. Rukeyser (b. 1947, not born to her husband)

    University: Vassar College (two years)
    University: Columbia University (1930-32)
    Teacher: Vassar College
    Teacher: Sarah Lawrence College
    Teacher: California Labor School

    Guggenheim Fellowship
    Stroke 1964
    German Ancestry
    Jewish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Diabetes

Author of books:
Theory of Flight (1935, poetry)
U.S. 1 (1938, poetry)
A Turning Wind (1939, poetry)
Beast in View (1944, poetry)
The Green Wave (1948, poetry)
Elegies (1949, poetry)
The Life of Poetry (1949, nonfiction)
Body of Waking (1958, poetry)
Waterlily Fire: Poems 1935-1962 (1962, poetry)
The Orgy (1965, novel)
The Speed of Darkness (1968, poetry)
Breaking Open (1973, poetry)
The Gates (1976, poetry)
Collected Poems (1978, poetry)

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