Walt Whitman and Wallace Stevens (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1974)

Worlds Into Words: Understanding Modern Poems (New York: W.W Norton & Co,


Gin Considered as a Demon (poems; Cold Spring Harbor, New York: Elysian Press,


Coming to Light: American Women Poets in the 20th Century (essays), ed. Diane

Wood Middlebrook and Marilyn Yalom (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan

Press, 1985)

Selected Poems of Anne Sexton, ed. with an introduction by Diane Wood Middlebrook

and Diana Hume George (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1988)

Anne Sexton, A Biography (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1991; New York: Vintage

Books, 1992)

Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998)


Foreign and other editions of books

Anne Sexton: A Biography

German: Zwischen Therapie und Tod: Das Leben der Dichterin Anne Sexton. Aus dem

Amerikanischen von Barbara von Bechtolsheim und Silvia Morawetz. Zurich:

ArcheVerlag AG, 1993

Italian: Anne Sexton: Una Vita. Traduzione di Claudia Rusconi, Gloria Gordigiani;

traduzione delle poesie, Stefano De Angelis. Firenze: Casa Editrice Le Lettere, 1998.

Portugese: Anne Sexton: A Morte Não É A Vida. Tradução Raul de Sá Barbosa. São

Paulo: Editora Siciliano, 1994

Spanish: Anne Sexton, Una Biografía. Traducción de Roser Berdagué. Barcelona:

Circe Ediciones, S.A, 1998

UK: Anne Sexton, A Biography. London: Virago Press, 1991


Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton

Books on tape: Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton. Unabridged, read by Mary

Peiffer. Newport Beach, California: Books on Tape, Inc, 2000

Chinese: Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton. Translated by Zhu, En-ling.

Taipei: Fembooks Publishing Company, 2001. http://www.fembooks.com.tw

Dutch: Maatwerk: Het dubbelleven van jazzmusicus Billy Tipton, die na zijn dood een

vrouw bleek te zijn. Vertaald door Carla Benink. Amsterdam: Arena, 1999

German: Er War Eine Frau: Das Doppelleben des Jazzmusikers Billy Tipton. Aus dem

Amerikanischen von Uta Goridis. München: Piper Verlag Gmbh, 1999.

Japanese: forthcoming, Fuso Publishing Inc

UK: Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton. London: Virago, 1998.




"David Henderson's Holy Mission" (interview with poet David Henderson), Saturday

Review, 9 September 1972, pp. 38-40

"Bound Each to Each" (retrospective review of the poetry of Allen Ginsberg),

Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Spring/Summer 1974), pp. 128-

135; reprinted in Modern Poetry Criticism, 14 vols., ed. Harold Bloom, Chelsea

House, 1987

"Making Visible the Common World: Walt Whitman and Feminist Poetry," The Kenyon

Review, New Series, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Fall 1980), pp. 14-27

"Housewife into Poet: The Apprenticeship of Anne Sexton," The New England

Quarterly, Vol. LVI, No. 4 (December 1983), pp. 483-503

"Joyce Carol Thomas," Women Writers of the West Coast, ed. Marilyn Yalom (Santa

Barbara: Capra Press, 1984), pp. 31-39

"The Problem of the Woman Artist: Louise Bogan, 'The Alchemist,'" Critical Essays on

Louise Bogan, ed. Martha Collins (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1984), pp. 174-180

"Becoming Anne Sexton," The Denver Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 4, Winter 1984, pp. 23-

34; reprinted in Anne Sexton:Telling the Tale, ed. Steven E. Colburn (Ann

Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1988) pp. 7-21

"Poet of Weird Abundance (Anne Sexton)," Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Vol. 12,

No. 2 and Vol. 13, No. 1 (Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter, 1985) pp. 293-315; reprinted

in Anne Sexton: Telling the Tale, ed. Colburn (op. cit.) pp. 447-470; and excerpted in Critical

Essays on Anne Sexton, ed. Linda Wagner-Martin (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1989), pp. 72-80

"1957: Anne Sexton's Bedlam," Pequod, special issue on biography/autobiography,

No.s 23-24, 1988, pp. 131-142; reprinted in Critical Essays on Anne Sexton,

ed. Wagner-Martin (op.cit.), pp. 239-246

"Anne Sexton at the Radcliffe Institute," Sexton: Selected Criticism, ed. Diana Hume

George (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1988), pp. 211-220

"Seduction in Anne Sexton's Play Mercy Street," Sexton: Selected Criticism, ed. Diana

Hume George (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1988), pp. 19-26

"Anne Sexton and Robert Lowell," Original Essays on Anne Sexton, ed. Frances Bixler

(Conway: Central Arkansas University Press, 1988) pp. 5-21

"Foreword," Love Poems, by Anne Sexton (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1989)

"Postmodernism and the Biographer," Revealing Lives: Gender in Autobiography and

Biography, ed. Susan Bell and Marilyn Yalom (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New

York Press, 1990)

"Spinning Straw into Gold: A Biographer's Story," Stanford Magazine, June 1991, pp.

47-50; reprinted in The Literary Biography: Problems and Solutions, ed. Dale

Salwak (New York: Macmillan, 1996) pp. 86-90

"Psychotherapy as Theme and Influence in the Work of Anne Sexton," Psychotherapy,

Vol. 29, No. 2 (Spring 1992), pp. 401-409

"Anne Sexton, James Wright, and the Making of The Awful Rowing Toward God," The

Library Chronicle, Vol. 21, No.s 1/2 (1992), pp. 223-235

"The Ethics of Disclosure," Letters: The Journal of the Royal Society of Literature

(London) Autumn 1993, pp. 5-9

"What Was Confessional Poetry?" The Columbia History of American Poetry (New

York: Columbia University Press, 1993), pp. 632-649

"Channeling Plath," Mirabella, December 1993, pp. 72-75

"Where All the Ladders Start (Philip Larkin)," Hudson Review, Vol. XLVI, No. 4

(Winter 1994) pp. 751-756

"Tillie Olsen and Anne Sexton at the Radcliffe Institute," Listening to Silences: New

Essays in Feminist Criticism, ed. Elaine Hedges and Shelley Fishkin (New York:

Oxford University Press, 1994), pp. 17-23

"Anne Sexton," The Dictionary of American Biography (New York: Charles Scribner's

Sons, 1994), pp. 711-712

“Telling Secrets,” The Seductions of Biography, ed. Mary Rhiel and David Suchoff

(New York: Routledge, 1996), pp. 123-129

“Anne Sexton,” The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 169: American Poets

Since World War II, ed. Joseph Conte (Columbia, South Carolina: Bruccoli Clark

Layman, Inc., 1996), pp. 244-53

“Preface,” Aphorisms, Poems & Tailed Passages, by Fabio Massimo Faggi (San

Francisco: Pince-nez Press, 1998)

“Poetic Justice for Sylvia Plath,” New York Times, 27 January 1998, p. 26

“The Biographer as Investigative Journalist,” IRE Journal, May-June 1998, pp. 9-11

“Introduction,” The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath (New York: Alfred A. Knopf / Everyman’s Library,

1998), pp vii-xviii

“Ian McKellan Reads The Odyssey,” Joe, vol 1, number 1, June 1999, p. 84

“Plath, Hughes, and Three Caryatids,” Eye Rhymes (catalogue to accompany the exhibition of

visual art by Sylvia Plath at Indiana University) Bloomington: Indiana University Press

(forthcoming November 2002)

“In Search of the Autobiography of Ted Hughes,” New Critical Essays on Ted Hughes,

ed. Joanny Moulin (under consideration)




"Aubade," "Maya," The Southern Review, Vol. IX, Winter 1973, pp. 186-87

"Two Poems for Christopher Caudwell, Dead in Spain, 1939," The Southern Review,

Vol. XI, Spring 1975, pp. 428-429

"You, Seated Near a Lamp," "One Woman Looking at Another," "On Jealousy

Considered as Health," "Water, Fire, Earth, Air," "The Story of My Life," "Musée du

Louvre: Mercure Attachant Sa Talonnière," "Without Selection," "Eating Snow in the

Sierras," Sequoia Twentieth Anniversary Issue: Poetry 1956-1976 (Stanford, 1976),

pp. 53-58

"Cornwall: Vista," Women Studies, An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 5, No. 1

(1977), p. 61

"At Yad Va'Shem," The Jerusalem Post Magazine, 14 July 1978, p. 18

"You, Seated Near a Lamp," "One Woman Looking at Another," reprinted in Networks:

An Anthology of Bay Area Women Poets, ed. Carol Simone (Palo Alto: B. Latimer, 1979)

"Losing You," ("Aveda") translated into Hebrew by Amos Oz, Shdemot, No. 69 (Tel

Aviv, 1979), p. 100

"February Afternoon, in a Boat on the Seine," "Losing You," "Later," "Gin Considered as

a Demon," "Carl Uncovers a Bed of Wild Strawberries," Worlds Into Words:

Understanding Modern Poems (New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 1980), pp. 121-128

Sequence, Four Episodes in a Contagion of Dreams: "The Contagiousness of Dreams," "Carol's

Dream of Diana," "Lost Prince," "To You, Falling Asleep After a Quarrel," The

Southern Review, Vol. XVI, Spring 1980, pp. 416-417. (Reprinted in Anthology of Magazine

Verse Yearbook of American Poetry, 1981 Edition, ed. Stan F. Pater (Beverly Hills:

Monitor Book Company, Inc., 1981)

"The Deviousness of Objects of Desire," "New Brunswick Station, 12:37 p.m.," Inquiry

Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 13 (September 1982), p. 36

"One Woman Looking at Another," set by Conrad Cummings in song cycle Five Songs for

HWH, Oberlin, Ohio, November 1985

"After Klee's Geschwister," "Buddhist Prayer Flags from Bhutan," in Sequoia:Centennial Issue,

1986, p.108

"Aspen," Plains Poetry Journal, No. 28 (January 1989), p.40

"November: Pamela's Ghost," The Harbinger, Vol.VII, No.11 (March 1989), p.3

“Hair,” American Poets Say Goodbye to the Twentieth Century, ed. Andrei Codrescu and Laura

Rosenthal (New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1996), pp. 250-251




"A Modern Thoreau with Nightmares" (review of In Deep: Country Essays, by Maxine Kumin), San Francisco Chronicle Review, 31 May 1987, p. 8


"Forever in Amber" (review of Sylvia Plath, A Biography, by Linda Wagner-Martin), The Nation, Volume 245, Number 18(28 November 1987), pp. 656-659


"A Novelist's Eye for Poetry" (review of Available Light, by Marge Piercy), San Francisco Chronicle Review, 5 June 1988, p. 5

"The Life of a Good Old Girl" (review of Close Connections, Caroline Gordon and the Southern Renaissance, by Ann Waldron), The Hudson Review, Vol. XLI, No. 3 (Autumn 1988), pp. 581- 585


"The Enraged Muse" (review of Bitter Fame, A Life of Sylvia Plath, by Anne Stevenson), Times Literary Supplement (London), 27 October 1989, p. 1179


"Western Literature's Underside" (review of Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, by Toni Morrison), Los Angeles Times Book Review, 24 May 1992, pp 2 & 7.


"A Journey to Bedlam and Back" (review of Girl, Interrupted, by Susanna Kaysen), The Washington Post Book World, 25 July 1993, p. 9


"Son Bathed in Astral Light" (review of My Father's Guru, by Jeffrey Masson), The Independent on Sunday (London), 29 August 1993, p. 26


"The Age Mystique," (review of The Fountain of Age, by Betty Friedan), Los Angeles Times Book Review, 19 September 1993, pp 2, 8.


"Channeling Plath" (review of The Silent Woman, by Janet Malcolm), Mirabella, December 1993, pp. 72-75.


"Where All the Ladders Start" (review of Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life, by Andrew Motion), The Hudson Review, Volume XLVI, Number 4 (Winter 1994) pp. 751-756


“She Knew What She Wanted” (review of Life of the Party: The Biography of Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman, by Christopher Ogden), The Washington Post Book World, 15 May 1994, p. 2


“Robert Lowell’s Life Again, Alas” (review of Lost Puritan, by Paul Mariani), Boston Globe, 18 September 1994, p.17.


“Do Clothes Reveal the Man?”(review of Sex and Suits: The Evolution of Modern Dress, by Anne Hollander), Los Angeles Times Book Review, 25 September 1994, pp.1, 10


“The Analyst and Her Appetites”(review of Karen Horney, by Bernard J. Paris), The Washington Post Book World, 29 January 1995, p. 5


“Portrait of a Lady” (review of The Art of Scandal: The Life and Times of Isabella Stewart Gardner, by Douglass Shand-Tucci), New York Times Book Review, 28 December 1997, p. 6


“Helen Keller's Search for Self-Expression,” (review of Helen Keller, A Life, by Dorothy Hermann) San Francisco Chronicle Review, 16 August 1998, p. 3


“What It Means to Be a Woman” (review of Woman: An Intimate Geography, by Natalie Angier), San Francisco Chronicle Review, 18 April 1999, p. 5


“Anatomy of Suicide” (review of Night Falls Fast, by Kay Redfield Jamison, and Where the Roots Reach for Water, by Jeffrey Smith), San Francisco Chronicle Review, 5 December 1999, p. 5


“Acocella Criticizes Cather’s Critics,” (review of Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism, by Joan Acocella), San Francisco Chronicle Review, 2 April 2000, p. 4


“In Plath’s Full Journals, a Lusty Embrace of Life” (review of The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, ed Karen Kukil), Boston Globe, 5 November 2000, pp. E 1-2


“Footnotes on Ted and Sylvia” (review of Crow Steered, Bergs Appeared:

A Memoir of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, by Lucas Myers, and Sylvia and Ted, by Emma Tennant), San Francisco Chronicle Datebook, 20 May 2001, pp. 72, 77





"The Sound of Poems," audio tape to accompany Worlds Into Words (Palo Alto: Kelson

Enterprises, 1978)




"Twentieth Century British and American Poetry: Yeats, Eliot, Thomas, Crane, Stevens,

Roethke" (18 fifty-minute black and white videotape lectures; Stanford, 1977)


"Twentieth Century Women's Writing as Critique and Vision: Woolf, Cather, Stein,

Hellman, Didion, Lessing, Sexton, Morrison, Rich, Wittig" (19 fifty-minute color

videotape lectures; Stanford, 1981)


"The Poetry of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath," Great Teachers, Great Texts (video

series produced by the Stanford Alumni Association with the Stanford Department of

English, 1993)


Pilot series, Cover to Cover: Conversations with Writers about Reading. Two 26-minute videos

produced by The Stanford Channeland televised over Channel 51, spring/summer 1999:


“Life Writing,” Diane Middlebrook in conversation about memoirs and biographies, with

Arnold Rampersad and Tobias Wolff

“Literary Prizes,” Diane Middlebrook in conversation aboud Ted Hughes’s

Birthday Letters, with Eavan Boland and Nicholas Jenkins



Finding the Girlfriends: The Biographer as Investigative Journalist (A Multimedia

Showcase), designed and programmed with Jay Dempster at the University of

Warwick, England, August 1995. (Prepared for presentation at the conference “Literary

Journalism and Literary Scholarship,” sponsored by the Department of English at the

University of Warwick, 3 November 1995)




A book about the literary career of the English poet Ted Hughes, to be published by

Viking / Putnam, 2003


Ovid. A biography of the Roman poet Ovid, to be published by Viking / Putnam, 2008


The Stanford Book Salon, a web-based book group hosted by DM and sponsored by the Stanford

Alumni Association. Scheduled to begin 1 January 2003.





University of Washington, Seattle, 1958-61, AB, 1961

Yale University, MA, 1962; PhD, 1968


Honors and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa, 1961

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1961

Albert S. Cook Memorial Prize for Poetry, Yale, 1962

Yale University Fellowships, 1963-5

Danforth Teaching Fellowship, Yale, 1964-5

Academy of American Poets Prize, Yale, 1965

Theron Rockwell Field Prize for doctoral dissertation, Yale, 1968

University Fellow, Stanford, 1975-7

Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford, 1977

NEH Fellowship for Independent Study and Research, 1982-3

Fellow of the Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College, 1982-3

Fellow of the Stanford Humanities Center, 1983-4

Pew Foundation Faculty Research Grant, Stanford, 1987

Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford, 1987

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1988-9

Richard W. Lyman Award for Service to Stanford, Alumni Association, 1989

Fellow of the Rockefeller Study Center at Bellagio, 1990

Finalist, National Book Award (for Anne Sexton), 1991

Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award (for Anne Sexton), 1992

Bay Area Books Reviewers Award, Non-fiction(for Anne Sexton), 1992

Commonwealth Club of California Gold Medal, Non-fiction (for Anne Sexton), 1992

Finalist, Lambda Foundation Literary Award (for Suits Me), 1999

Honorary Doctor of Letters, Kenyon College, 1999



Assistant Professor of English, Stanford University, 1966-73

Visiting Associate Professor, Rutgers University, 1973

Associate Professor of English, Stanford University, 1974-83

Director, Center for Research on Women, Stanford University, 1977-79

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Stanford University, 1979-82

Professor of English, Stanford University, 1983-

Chair, Program in Feminist Studies, 1985-88

Howard H. & Jessie T. Watkins University Professor, Stanford, 1985-90

Professor of English, Stanford University, one-third time: 1990 – 2002

Professor of English, Emerita: 1 September 2002


Membership in Professional Organizations

Member, Modern Language Association, 1966-

Trustee, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 1980-1996; Chair of the Board, 1994

Advisory Board, Kelsey Street Press 1994-

Member, Investigative Reporters & Editors, 1995-99

Editorial Board, Chadwyck-Healey LION (Literature Online), 1997-99

Advisory Board, Humanities West (San Francisco), 1997-

Member, California Classical Association, 1999-

Member, International Association of University Professors of English, 1999-

Member, Biographers Club, London, 1999-

Member, The Authors Guild, 2001-

Member, Institute of English Studies, University of London, 2001-




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