Adrien Stoutenburg

Adrien Stoutenburg

About Adrien Stoutenburg

Adrien Stoutenburg (December 1, 1916 – April 14, 1982) was an American poet and a prolific writer of children’s fiction. Having written over forty books, she is best known for her first poetry collection Heroes, Advise Us, which was the 1964 Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets. Her second collection, A Short History of the Fur Trade, won a California Book Award (silver) for 1969, and was a close competitor for the Pulitzer Prize. Her third poetry volume, Greenwich Mean Time, was published in 1979. In 1943, she published her first book of children's fiction, The Model Airplane Mystery. Stoutenburg later wrote: After publishing in many magazines, I seriously settled down to writing books in 1951.
Stoutenburg died of cancer in 1982 in Santa Barbara, California. At Stoutenburg's request, David R. Slavitt subsequently edited and published a selection of her poetry. The volume, Land of Superior Mirages, includes a number of poems that had been unpublished at her death.

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