Louise Bogan

Louise Bogan (August 11, 1897 – February 4, 1970) was an American poet.

She attended the Girls’ Latin School in Boston, and later entered Boston University. After her freshman year,  she won a scholarship to Radcliffe, but decided to leave university to marry in 1916. The couple had a daughter, but separated in 1918. Bogan went to New York to pursue a career in writing, and, in 1920, she moved to Vienna. After her return to New York in 1923, she worked in a bookstore. Later, she was contributor of Nation, Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, and Atlantic Monthly. She was the poetry reviewer of The New Yorker from 1931 to 1969.

Poems on the blog



  • Body of This Death (1923)
  • Dark Summer (1929)
  • Sleeping Fury (1937)
  • Poems and New Poems (1941)
  • Collected Poems, 1923-1953
  • The Blue Estuaries: Poems, 1923-1968


  • Women (1929)
  • Achievement in American Poetry, 1900-1950
  • Selected Criticism: Prose, Poetry (1955)
  • Emily Dickinson: Three Views (1960, with Archibald MacLeish and Richard Wilbur)
  • A Poet’s Alphabet: Reflections on the Literary Art and Vocation, edited by Robert Phelps and Ruth Limmer (1970)
  • What the Woman Lived: Selected Letters of Louise Bogan, 1920-1970, edited by Ruth Limmer (1973)
  • Journey around My Room: The Autobiography of Louise Bogan, a Mosaic, edited by Limmer (1980)
  • Our Thirty Year Old Friendship: Letters from Louise Bogan, Conversations with Mildred Weston; and, Legacy: Poems from the Twenties to the Nineties / Our Thirty Year Old Friendship Legacy, with an excerpt from her interview with Leon Arksey, Eastern Washington University (1997, with Mildred Weston)

About Louise Bogan

  • Bowles, Gloria, Louise Bogan’s Aesthetic of Limitation, Indiana University Press (1987)
  • Collins, Martha, editor, Critical Essays on Louise Bogan (1984)
  • Dodd, Elizabeth, The Veiled Mirror and the Woman Poet: H.D., Louise Bogan, Elizabeth Bishop, and Louise Gluck (1992)
  • Frank, Elizabeth, Louise Bogan: A Portrait, Knopf (1985)
  • Upton, Lee, Obsession and Release: Rereading the Poetry of Louise Bogan (1996)

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