RUKEYSER, MURIEL (1913–1980), U.S. poet and author. A prominent left-wing writer, Rukeyser published verse collections notable for their concern with social problems and the individual. These include Theory of Flight (1935), A Turning Wind (1939), The Beast in View (1944), Orpheus (1949), and Waterlily Fire (1962). She also wrote books for children; The Soul and Body of John Brown (1940), a poem; Willard Gibbs: American Genius (1942), a biography; One Life (1957), on Wendell Wilkie; and The Orgy (1965), an Irish fantasy.
L. Kertesz, The Poetic Vision of Muriel Rukeyser (1980).