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Ruth Stone, acclaimed poet gained fame late in life, 96

Ruth Stone lived in a Vermont farmhouse. Most of her published work came out after she turned 70. Ruth Stone lived in a Vermont farmhouse. Most of her published work came out after she turned 70. (john blanding/globe staff/file 2003)
By Hillel Italie
Associated Press / November 25, 2011
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Ruth Stone, an award-winning poet for whom tragedy halted, then inspired a career that started in middle age and thrived late in life as her sharp insights into love, death and nature received ever-growing acclaim, has died in Vermont. She was 96. Widowed in her 40s and little known for years after, Ruth Stone became one of the country’s most honored poets in her 80s and 90s, winning the National Book Award in 2002 for “In the Next Galaxy.’’

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