16 maj 1929
Adrienne Rich was an American author who excelled in poetry and she is a well-known essayist also. Her essays on feminism, motherhood and lesbianism made her very famous. Adrienne was pretty bold in speaking out her opinions. In 1997, she publicly turned down the National Medal of the Arts stating that her ideas of art did not relate to Bill Clinton’s administration. A similar incident occurred in 2003, when Adrienne did not accept the invitation from President Bush for a poetry event at the White House in protest to the Iraq War.
Adrienne was always firm on her decisions. Until fourth grade, Adrienne was taught at home by her parents. It was due to the encouragement of her father that Adrienne started to write. Adrienne used to spend enormous time in her father’s library reading the works of some of the greatest authors.
It was during her graduation year in Radcliffe College that her first book of poems, ‘A Change of World’ got published. The book was an instant success and it got selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award by W.H.Auden. Soon her next poem, ‘The Diamond Cutters’ and other works started gaining more appreciation.
Adrienne Rich taught at various universities. However, it was during 1960s that, she jumped into political and feminist themes for her works such as, ‘Snapshots of a Daughter-In-Law’, ‘The Necessities of Life’, ‘Leaflets’, ‘The Will to Change’, ‘In Diving into the Wreck’, ‘The Dream of a Common Language’ and ‘An Atlas of the Difficult World’.
The author who addressed many issues faced by the society through her works, passed away at her Santa Cruz California home on Mar 27, 2012.