Sandra M. Gilbert

Wrongful Death: A Memoir

"A powerful and tragic memoir.”
-Boston Globe

“A gripping whodunit, a passionate polemic, a beautifully written narrative which employs time shifts worthy of any modern novel, and a profound account of grief.”
-The Times (London)

“A remarkable book. Once you start it you won’t want to put it down, and afterwards you won’t easily forget it. On one level it is a gripping medical whodunit which has the additional power of being a true story. At a deeper level, it is a book about death - its nearness, its unpredictability, its finality - and how we cope with the shock of sudden bereavement. It is written with a poet’s eloquence and a literary critic’s alertness to the evasions and concealments of medical and legal discourse.”
-David Lodge

“Sandra Gilbert’s Wrongful Death is a painfully candid memoir, written with the author’s characteristic intelligence and precision of language.”
-Joyce Carol Oates

Selected Works


"Skill and passion intersect in this treasure house of a book." -Maxine Kumin

“Sandra Gilbert’s poems are beautifully situated at the intersection of craft and feeling. Belongings is a stellar collection by a virtuoso with heart.” —Billy Collins
Kissing the Bread: New and Selected Poems 1969-1999

“Richly patterned poems by one of America’s finest poets.”
-Virginia Quarterly Review
Rereading Women: Thirty Years of Exploring Our Literary Traditions

"Gilbert practices a criticism that is careful, precise and methodical in its execution and radically, almost joyfully, revisionist in its intention" -The Washignton Post
On Burning Ground: Thirty Years of Thinking About Poetry

"The essays assembled in On Burning Ground display Gilbert's astonishing range and explore poetics, personal identity, feminism, and modern and contemporary literature."
Death's Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve

". . . brilliantly combines literary and cultural criticism with the intimacy of memoir."
-Joyce Carol Oates
". . . a sensitive and sensible masterpiece."
-Starred Review Library Journal
Wrongful Death: A Memoir
“An enduring contribution to the literature of grief.”
-New York Times Book Review
“A kind of medical detective story.”
-Philadelphia Inquirer
Poetry anthology
Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies
A collection of poetic responses to loss - both consolation and inspiration to any reader.