Deutsch, Babette, 1895-1982

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Allen Tate was an American poet, essayist, literary critic, novelist, and translator.

From the guide to the Allen Tate collection of papers, 1935-1971, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

American author Babette Deutsch published novels, criticism, essays, translations, children's stories, and biography, but is most remembered for her eloquent poetry. Her verse is generally short, exploring artistic or literary themes, and strikes a balance between emotion and intellect. She also prepared several notable translations with her husband, Avrahm Yarmolinsky, of European authors such as Rilke, Pushkin, and Boris Pasternak.

From the description of Babette Deutsch letters and poem, 1955-1957. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 56429521

Correspondence to Lewis and Sophia Mumford from Babette Deutsch and her husband, Avrahm Yarmolinsky.

From the description of Letters, 1923-1981, to Lewis and Sophia Mumford. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155867839

Babette Deutsch (1895-1982) was an American poet, critic, translator, and novelist.

From the guide to the Collection of Babette Deutsch poems, undated, (Ohio University)

Babette Deutsch (1895-1982) was a poet, author and critic.

In addition to ten volumes of poetry, she wrote novels, children's stories, and criticism. In collaboration with her husband, Avrahm Yarmolinsky, she edited and translated Russian, German and French poetry. She taught at Columbia University and the New School for Social Research.

From the description of Babette Deutsch papers, ca. 1880s-1982, bulk (1920s-1960s). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122576145

Babette Deutsch, the daughter of Michael and Melanie (Fisher) Deutsch, was born on September 22, 1895 in New York City. After matriculating from the Ethical Culture School, she attended Barnard College and graduated in 1917 with a B.A.; in 1946 she received an honorary D. Litt. from Columbia University. On April 29, 1921, Deutsch married Avrahm Yarmolinsky, chief of the Slavonic Division of The New York Public Library (1918-1955), who was himself a writer and translator. They had two sons, Adam and Michael.

Deutsch made valuable contributions as a translator of Russian, German and French poetry, as a critic and editor, and as an author of novels and children's books. However, her permanent gift to literature is her poetry - free verse and rhymed poems which are sensitive and serious, yet sparked with humor. Critics have said that her phrasing is brilliant and swift, and that her chief charm is the completeness with which she renders and realizes a subject.

While she was an undergraduate, Deutsch began contributing to the periodicals North American Review and The New Republic. After her graduation, she worked for a brief period with the Political Science Quarterly, and also wrote several critical essays, among them one on Thorstein Veblen, for Reedy's Mirror, Marion Reedy's one-man journal of opinion. Shortly thereafter, Veblen asked Deutsch to be his secretary while he was teaching at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Deutsch's first book of poems, Banners, was published in 1919. From then until 1962, she wrote ten volumes of poetry including Honey Our of the Rock (1925), Epistle to Prometheus (1931), Take Them, Stranger (1944), Coming of Age (1959), and Collected Poems, 1919-1962 1963. Among her novels are A Brittle Heaven (1926), In Such a Night (1927), Mask of Silenus (193), and Rogue's Legacy (1942) . Her criticism includes Potable Gold (1929), This Modern Poetry (1935), Poetry In Our Time (1952, 1956, 1963), and Poetry Handbook (1957, 1962, 1974) ; and in collaboration with her husband, she edited and translated Modern Russian Poetry (1921), Contemporary German Poetry (1923), and Two Centuries of Russian Verse (1966) .

Deutsch's poem Thoughts at the Year's End, which was published in her book Five for the Night (1930), won the Nation Poetry Prize. She was Phi Beta Kappa poet at Columbia in 1929, taught at the New School for Social Research from 1933 to 1935, and was a lecturer in English at Columbia University from 1944-1951, and a guest professor from 1952 to 1971. She was also Honorary Consultant to the Library of Congress from 1960 to 1966. Deutsch died on November 13, 1982.

From the guide to the Babette Deutsch papers, ca. 1880s-1982, 1920s-1960s, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

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creatorOf Wescott, Glenway, 1901-1987. Glenway Wescott collection of papers, 1917-1976. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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creatorOf Babette Deutsch papers, ca. 1880s-1982, 1920s-1960s New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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referencedIn Glenway Wescott collection of papers, 1917-1976 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
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creatorOf Hertzberg, Sidney. Sidney Hertzberg papers, 1924-1984. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Wiemann, Beth. Night songs : for women's chorus / [music by] Beth Wiemann ; texts by Gerald Jonas, Babette Deutsch. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Anderson, Maxwell, 1888-1959. Maxwell Anderson collection of papers, 1925-1926. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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creatorOf Deutsch, Babette, 1895-1982. Babette Deutsch letters and poem, 1955-1957. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Marshall, Lenore, 1897-1971. Papers, 1887-1980. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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creatorOf Rukeyser, Muriel, 1913-1980. Muriel Rukeyser collection of papers, 1920-1976 bulk (1931-1976). New York Public Library System, NYPL
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creatorOf Daiches, David, 1912-2005. Hopwood Awards Collection, 1930- University of Michigan
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referencedIn Committee for Environmental Information, 1972-1973 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
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referencedIn Robert Frost additional papers, 1960-1963. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Robert Penn Warren papers, 1906-1989 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. Edwin Markham collection of papers, 1852-1940. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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creatorOf Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963. William Carlos Williams collection of papers, 1927-1965. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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creatorOf Deutsch, Babette, 1895-1982. Letters, 1923-1981, to Lewis and Sophia Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
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creatorOf Wylie, Elinor, 1885-1928. Elinor Wylie collection of papers, 1885-1950 bulk (1902-1928). New York Public Library System, NYPL
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Poetry--History and criticism
German poetry
American literature--20th century
Criticism
Austrian poetry
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Birth 1895-09-22

Death 1982-11-13

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