Molly Holden

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Molly Winifred Holden (7 September 1927 in London – 1981) was a British poet.


Holden grew up in Surrey, and Wiltshire.[1] She graduated from King's College London in 1951. Her maiden name was Gilbert. She was the granddaughter of the popular children's author Henry Gilbert.[2]

She suffered from multiple sclerosis.[3][4]



  • A Hill Like a Horse, 1963
  • Bright Cloud, 1964
  • To Make Me Grieve. Chatto and Windus. 1968.
  • Air and Chill Earth. Chatto and Windus. 1971.
  • The Country Over. Chatto and Windus. 1975.
  • Selected poems. Carcanet. 1987. ISBN 978-0-85635-696-4.
  • 'Sudden Immobility: Selected Poems of Molly Holden'. Barbarian Press. 2021. ISBN 0-920971-58-x


  • Geoffrey Hill; Molly Holden; Alfred Edward Housman (2003). Three Bromsgrove poets. Housman Society. ISBN 978-0-904579-19-2.


  • Patricia Beer, ed. (1975). New poems: a PEN anthology of contemporary poetry. Hutchinson. ISBN 978-0-09-125530-5.
  • Colin Falck; Ian Hamilton, eds. (1975). Poems since 1900: an anthology of British and American verse in the twentieth century. Macdonald and Jane's. ISBN 978-0-356-03151-4.


  1. ^ Jenny Stringer, John Sutherland, ed. (1996). The Oxford companion to twentieth-century literature in English. Oxford University Press. p. 310. ISBN 978-0-19-212271-1. Molly Holden poet.
  2. ^ Holden, Molly (1987). Selected poems; Poetry Signatures Series. University of Michigan: Carcanet. p. 117. ISBN 0856356964.
  3. ^ Mark Willhardt; Alan Michael Parker; Andrew Peter Motion, eds. (2000). Who's who in twentieth-century world poetry Who's who series. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-16356-9.
  4. ^ Ian Ousby; Doris Lessing, eds. (1993). Title The Cambridge guide to literature in English. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-44086-8.

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