This Day in Jewish History An Acclaimed American Poet and Activist Dies

American-Jewish poet Muriel Rukeyser died in 1980, leaving behind a legacy of protest and a recently published novel, thought to be lost.

On February 12, 1980, American-Jewish poet Muriel Rukeyser died, at the age of 66. Although Rukeyser received acclaim at a young age – when she was 21, she won the Yale Younger Poets Competition, and had her first collection published – critics tended to be divided about her work during her lifetime, with some belittling her for her political and philosophical idealism. In...