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Denise Levertov, American Poet. Member American Institute Arts and Letters, Academie Mallarmé (correspondent) F C.


Levertov, Denise was born on October 24, 1923 in Ilford, Essex, England. Came to the United States, 1948, naturalized, 1955. Daughter of Paul Philip and Beatrice A. (Spooner-Jones) Levertoff.


Sudent privately; Doctor of Letters (honorary), Colby College, 1970. Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Cincinnati, 1973. Doctor of Letters (honorary), St. Lawrence University, 1984.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Bates College, 1984. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Allegheny College, 1987. Doctor of Letters (honorary), St. Michael's College, 1987.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Massachusetts College of Art, 1989. Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Santa Clara, 1993.


Teacher Young Men’s Christian Association-Young Women’s Christian Association, Poetry Center, New York City, 1964;visiting lecturer, Drew U., Madison, New Jersey, 1965;visiting lecturer, City College of New York, 1965;visiting lecturer, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1966-1967;visiting lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, 1969;visiting professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1969-1970;scholar, Radcliffe Institute Indiana Study, 1964-1965, 66-67;artist-in-residence, Kirkland College, Clinton, New York, 1970-1971;Elliston lecturer, U. Cincinnati, spring 1973;professor, Tufts U., Medford, Massachusetts, 1973-1979;professor, Stanford University, California, 1981-1993;professor emeritus, since 1993;poet-in-residence, Brandeis U., Waltham, Massachusetts, 1981-1983;A.D. White Professor at Large, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, since 1993.



Member American Institute Arts and Letters, Academie Mallarmé (correspondent) F C.


Daughter of Paul Philip and Beatrice A. (Spooner-Jones) Levertoff m. Mitchell Goodman, December 2, 1947 (divorced 1975). 1 child, Nikolai.

Paul Philip Levertoff

Beatrice A. (Spooner-Jones) Levertoff

Mitchell Goodman

Nikolai Levertov