Ruth Pitter entry: Overview screen.
Writing and Life
Works By
During a career that spanned the greater part of the twentieth century, Ruth Pitter published eighteen collections of poetry. She left letters and a journal, and occasionally spoke or wrote on literary topics. Her admirers have seen her work as offering an alternative to experimental modernism. She has four poems in the Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse edited by Philip Larkin in 1973.
7 November 1897 RP was born at Ilford in Essex, the eldest in a family of three children. Bibliographic Citation link.
1941 RP published The Rude Potato, a volume of comic gardening poems with illustrations by Roger Furse, which she later described as exemplifying her "bawdy side." Bibliographic Citation link.
1990 The final book by RP to appear before her death was Collected Poems, with an introduction by Elizabeth Jennings. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 February 1992 RP died at about ninety-five. Bibliographic Citation link.
Back to Top