September 22, 1895|
New York City
|Died||November 13, 1982(aged 87)|
|Occupation||poet, critic, translator, novelist|
|Alma mater||Barnard College|
|Children||Adam Yarmolinsky, Michael Yarmolinsky|
Born in New York City, the daughter of Michael and Melanie (Fisher) Deutsch, she matriculated from the Ethical Culture School and Barnard College, graduating in 1917 with a B.A. She published poems in magazines such as the North American Review and the New Republic while she was still a student at Barnard.
On April 29, 1921, Deutsch married Avrahm Yarmolinsky, chief of the Slavonic Division of The New York Public Library (1918–1955), also a writer and translator. They had two sons, Adam Yarmolinsky and Michael.
During the 1940s, 1950s and into the 1960s, Deutsch was teaching at Columbia University, where her students included poet/publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In 1946, she received an honorary D. Litt. from Columbia University.
She translated Pushkin's Eugene Onegin into English and also made some of the best English versions of Boris Pasternak's poems. Deutsch's own poems displayed what poet Marianne Moore called "her commanding stature as a poet."
- Animal, Vegetable, Mineral (1954)
- Coming of Age (1959)
- Collected Poems, 1919-1962 (1963)
- Mask of Silenus (1933)
- Poetry in Our Time (1954)
- Poetry Handbook (1957)
- Modern Russian Poetry - an Anthology - Chosen and translated by Babette Deutsch and Avrahm Yarmolinsky (1921)
- Poetry Handbook: A Dictionary of Terms. Funk and Wagnalls, NYC, 1969, notes in the 3rd edition.
- Works by or about Babette Deutsch at Internet Archive
- Works by Babette Deutsch at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- Babette Deutsch at FactMonster
- Babette Deutsch in The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia at GeoCities.com
- Babette Deutsch at The Literary Encyclopaedia (subscription required) – no text as of 2016-07-17
- Penguin Translators A–G at Penguin First Editions – one book translated by Deutsch as of 2016-07-17
- Babette Deutsch at Library of Congress Authorities, with 60 catalog records
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