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Diane Middlebrook

Born: Apr 16, 1939

Death: Dec 15, 2007

Birthplace: Pocatello

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Diane Middlebrook

Date of Birth : Apr 16, 1939
Date of Death : Dec 15, 2007
Birth Place : Pocatello

Diane Helen Wood Middlebrook was an American biographer, poet, and teacher. She taught feminist studies for many years at Stanford University. She is best known for critically acclaimed biographies of poets Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath, and jazz musician Billy Tipton. Middlebrook was preparing a biography of the Roman poet Ovid, to be published in 2008. Her death brought that project to a close. Middlebrook held no illusions about the difficulties facing a biographer. In an interview on her professional life, she said: "With a biography there is no straight line; all is muddled. You don't know what you know, you don't know what you don't know; if you find anything you make a note about it because some day it may find its partner. You have to have very good ways of keeping track of what you have found and where you have put it."


  • Writer
  • Teacher
  • Poet
  • Biographer

Also known as

  • Diane Wood Middlebrook
  • Diane W. Middlebrook
  • Diane Helen Wood Middlebrook


  • Carl Djerassi

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
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