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Adrienne Rich
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    (May 16, 1929-March 27, 2012)
    Born in Baltimore, Maryland
    Wrote 'Blood, Bread, and Poetry,' 'Of Woman Born,' 'Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law,' 'Diving Into the Wreck,' 'Dark Fields of the Republic,' and 'On Lies, Secrets, and Silence'
    She turned down the National Medal of Arts in 1997 in protest of Bill Clinton's policies. (What's her problem with awards, anyway?)
    She claimed, 'Men in general think badly: in disjuncture from their personal lives, claiming objectivity where the most irrational passions seethe.'
    Her work was attacked as angry and bitter.
    She initially turned down the National Book Award in 1974 but then accepted it with fellow nominees Alice Walker and Audre Lorde on behalf of 'women whose voices have been silenced.'
    She did not turn down other awards she won, including the MacArthur 'genius' grant and the Guggenheim fellowship.
    She was a pioneering feminist poet and theorist.
    She became involved in civil rights and the antiwar movement.
    Her estranged husband, Arthur Conrad, committed suicide.
    She came out as a lesbian in the 1970s and was involved with the same woman, Michelle Cliff, for 36 years.
    She suffered from arthritis.
    Camille Paglia dissed her.

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