Adrienne Rich was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1929. She graduated from Radcliffe University in 1951. In 1953 she married Alfred Conrad an economist at Harvard. In 1966 she moved to New York where she protested the Vietnam War and taught in a program for disadvantaged young people. In 1970 her husband committed suicide after Rich left him.

In 1974 she received the National Book Award for Diving into the Wreck but rejected it and instead wrote a statement with the other nominees, Audre Lorde and Alice Walker, accepting it in the name of all women. She also became professor of English at City College, and later at Douglass College. She edited the lesbian-feminist journal Sinister Wisdom for several years.

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