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Rosemarie Waldrop

Rosemarie Waldrop
author of the novel The Hanky of Pippin’s Daughter


“Rosmarie Waldrop’s haunting novel, superbly intelligent, evocative and strange, reverberates in the memory for a long time, a song for the dead, a judgment.”
— Angela Carter

“Wonderfully, relentlessly absorbing, Hanky’s several overlapping tales leave one marvelling at the beauty, economy, and humor with which Waldrop interweaves the complex tensions of Hitler’s Germany in a family drama of repeated infidelity. Delightfully rich and bawdy and as strong-willed as its characters.”
— Lydia Davis

“[T]he whole novel forms a poetic sequence from which a discourse about origins—psychological, legendary and historic—unfolds. . . Readers will find in this ambitious, at times brilliant fiction a passionate articulation of a painful and guilt-ridden memory.”
— TheNew York Times


Poet, translator, and editor Rosmarie Waldrop has been a forceful presence in American and international poetry for over forty years. Born in Germany in 1935, Waldrop studied literature and musicology at the University of Würzburg and the University of Freiburg before immigrating to the United States in the late 1950s. She received a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1966. While at the University of Michigan, Waldrop married poet and translator Keith Waldrop. In 1961 the Waldrop’s began Burning Deck Magazine. The magazine evolved into Burning Deck Press, one of the most influential publishers for innovative poetry in the United States. She has lived in Providence, Rhode Island since 1968 and has taught at Wesleyan, Tufts, and Brown.

Earlier Event: October 15
Book Club Meeting: Nothing But Dust
Later Event: October 23
Amitava Kumar