Biography and History

Louise Bogan was born in Livermore Falls, Maine, in 1897. She attended Boston Girls' Latin School and spent one year at Boston University. She married in 1916 and was widowed in 1920. She was married again in 1925 to the poet Raymond Holden whom she divorced in 1937. In addition to publishing six highly acclaimed volumes of poetry and a number of collaborative translations, Bogan wrote and compiled three volumes of literary criticism. Her critical essays appeared in such periodicals as Nation, New Republic, and Partisan Review, and her "Verse" column was published regularly in The New Yorker from 1931-1968. She was reclusive and disliked talking about herself, and for that reason details are scarce regarding her private life. Blue Estuaries: Poems, 1923-1968, is an overview of her life's work in poetry. She died in New York City in 1970.

Source: From the finding aid for C0109


  • Poets, American -- 20th century..
  • Women poets, American -- 20th century..
  • Louise Bogan Papers. 1936-1954 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0109

    Consists primarily of drafts, notes, fragments and final copies of American poet Louise Bogan's critical essays on modern literature, published in prestigious American journals. There are a few poetry manuscripts and even fewer pieces of correspondence.