Muriel Rukeyser (1913–1980) was a prolific poet, playwright, biographer, novelist, children’s book author, and political activist. Her first collection of poetry, 1935's Theory of Flight, won the Yale Younger Poets Prize. During her life she was the recipient of a National Institute of Arts and Letters award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Levinson Prize for Poetry, and the Shelley Memorial Award, among other honors.
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