Babette Deutsch

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Babette Deutsch
Babette Deutsch.jpg
Born (1895-09-22)September 22, 1895
New York City
Died November 13, 1982(1982-11-13) (aged 87)
Occupation poet, critic, translator, novelist
Alma mater Barnard College
Spouse Avrahm Yarmolinsky
Children Adam Yarmolinsky, Michael Yarmolinsky

Babette Deutsch (September 22, 1895 – November 13, 1982) was an American poet, critic, translator, and novelist.


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."[1]


Poetic collections[edit]

  • Animal, Vegetable, Mineral (1954)
  • Coming of Age (1959)
  • Collected Poems, 1919-1962 (1963)

Other works[edit]

  • Mask of Silenus (1933)
  • Poetry in Our Time (1954)
  • Poetry Handbook (1957)

As anthologist[edit]

  • Modern Russian Poetry - an Anthology - Chosen and translated by Babette Deutsch and Avrahm Yarmolinsky (1921)


  1. ^ Poetry Handbook: A Dictionary of Terms. Funk and Wagnalls, NYC, 1969, notes in the 3rd edition.

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