Poetry: Biographies & Memoirs

This guide provides general information regarding a selection of KU resources and websites pertaining to poetry and its wide range of forms. Main focus is on poetry in English, though some resources may span multiple languages.

Biographies & Memoirs

I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsChiang Yee: The Silent Traveler from the East Song of My Life: A Biogrphy of Margaret WalkerRobinson Jeffers: Poet and Prophet American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia PlathPure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert LaxTracks on a Page: Louise Erdrich, Her Life and WorksSeamus Heaney: The Making of the Poet

Specialized Biographical Works

Along with single-author biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs, themed biographical compilations are common in print and/or online. The following are examples of the types of specialized biographical works that can be found at KU Libraries:

Biography Databases

Use the following sources (as well as some of the literature databases found under the tab Finding Articles) to find biographical information on authors and other significant historical figures.

Dictionary of Literary Biography

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