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  • Rita DoveA Selective Bibliography
  • Fred Viebahn (bio)

This bibliography only lists texts by and about the author that appeared in book form.



Sonata Mulattica. New York: W. W. Norton, spring 2009 (forthcoming).
American Smooth. New York: W. W. Norton, 2004.
On the Bus with Rosa Parks. New York: W. W. Norton, 1999.
Mother Love. New York: W. W. Norton, 1995.
Rita Dove: Selected Poems. New York: Pantheon/Vintage, 1993.
Grace Notes. New York: W. W. Norton, 1989.
Thomas and Beulah. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon UP, 1986.
Museum. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon UP, 1983.
The Yellow House on the Corner. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon UP, 1980.


Through the Ivory Gate. New York: Pantheon, 1992.
Fifth Sunday. Short stories. Lexington: Callaloo Fiction Series, University of Kentucky, 1985.


The Darker Face of the Earth. Brownsville: Story Line, 1994. Revised editions: Ashland: Story Line, 1996; and London: Oberon, 1999.


The Poet’s World. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1995.


Ingersoll, Earl G., ed. Conversations with Rita Dove. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2003. [End Page 804]



Steffen, Therese. Crossing Color: Transcultural Space and Place in Rita Dove’s Poetry, Fiction, and Drama. New York: Oxford UP, 2001.
Pereira, Malin. Rita Dove’s Cosmopolitanism. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2003.
Righelato, Pat. Understanding Rita Dove. Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2006.

Chapters in books (selections)

Erickson, Peter. “Rita Dove’s Shakespeares.” Transforming Shakespeare, ed. Marianne Novy. New York: St. Martin’s, 1999.
Harrington, Walt, “The Shape of Her Dreaming: Rita Dove Writes a Poem.” Intimate Journalism. By Harrington. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 1997.
Keller, Lynn. “Sequences Testifying for ‘Nobodies’: Rita Dove’s Thomas and Beulah and Brenda Marie Osbey’s Desperate Circumstance, Dangerous Woman.” Forms of Expansion: Recent Long Poems by Women. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1997.
McDowell, Robert. “The Assembling Vision of Rita Dove.” Conversant Essays: Contemporary Poets on Poetry. Ed. James McCorkle. Detroit: Wayne State University, 1990.
Meitner, Erika. “On Rita Dove.” Women Poets on Mentorship. Ed. Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2008.
Shoptaw, John. “Segregated Lives: Rita Dove’s Thomas and Beulah.” Reading Black, Reading Feminist. Ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. London: Penguin, 1990.
Vendler, Helen. “The Black Dove: Rita Dove, Poet Laureate.” Soul Says: On Recent Poetry. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1995.
———. “A Dissonant Triad: Henri Cole, Rita Dove, and August Kleinzahler.” Soul Says: On Recent Poetry. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1995.
———. “Rita Dove: Identity Markers.” The Given and the Made. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1995; and London: Faber, 1995. [End Page 805]
Fred Viebahn

Fred Viebahn, a native of Gummersbach (Rhineland), Germany, is an awarding-winning fiction writer, poet, and playwright, whose published volumes include Die schwarzen Tauben (winner of the November 1969 German Book-of-the-Month award), Larissa, and Die Fesseln der Freiheit, which was translated and published as The Stain in the USA. He has taught at the University of Texas (Austin), Oberlin College, Arizona State University, and the University of Virginia. It was during the fall of 1976, when he first came to the USA as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, that he met Rita Dove, then a graduate student in the Iowa Writers Workshop. They later married.



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