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Louise Bogan


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The Alchemist 

Tears In Sleep

Epitaph for a Romantic Woman



A Tale


  Solitary Observation Brought Back from a Sojourn in Hell

Louise Bogan was born on August 11,1897 in  Livermore Falls, Maine. She attended Boston Girls Latin School and went to Boston University for a year, from 1915-1916. She married Curt Alexander in 1916 and was widowed in 1919. After the death of her husband, she moved to New York City with her young daughter and began working as a writer.  In New York she came into contact the city's thriving literary community, which included writers like William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, Malcolm Cowley and Edmund Wilson. She published her first collection of poetry, Body of This Death in 1923. She married writer Raymond Holden in 1925. The marriage ended in divorce in 1937. Bogan wrote much of her poetry in the 1920's and 1930's. In the 1930s, she began reviewing poetry for the New Yorker, a job she held for over 38 years. Bogan was a very intense and private poet, whose works reflected a very emotional and sometimes tragic vision. In 1955 she was one of the recipients of the Bollingen Prize - awarded by Yale University for achievement in American poetry - for her Collected Poems 1923-53 (1954). Many of her articles are collected in Selected Criticism (1958) and A Poet's Alphabet (1970).  Her poetry collections include: Body of This Death (1923); Dark Summer (1929); The Sleeping Fury (1937); and The Blue Estuaries: Poems 1923-1968.
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