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Theodore Huebner "Ted" Roethke
Birth: May 25, 1908
Saginaw County
Michigan, USA
Death: Aug. 1, 1963
Bainbridge Island
Kitsap County
Washington, USA

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Theodore Roethke was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1908, and grew up on the west side of the Saginaw River. Much of his childhood revolved around a 25 acre greenhouse that his father, Otto, owned; the greenhouse would become a familiar subject in his writing.

Ted's younger years were rocked, however, by his father's death to cancer in 1923; that same year, Roethke's uncle committed suicide. These two events also seemed to shape much of Roethke's writing.

Mr. Roethke died of a heart attack while swimming in a friend's pool; the pool was later filled in and is now a zen rock garden, open to the public. There is no sign to indicate that the pool was the site of Ted's death.

Posthumous awards, honors and book sales continue to be reaped on the poet who W. H. Auden referred to as "completely successful."

Suggested Reading:
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
The Far Field (1964)
Words For The Wind (1958)
Straw for the Fire: From the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke (2001)
 (bio by: Rhonda C. Poynter & Friends) 
Family links: 
  Otto T. Roethke (1872 - 1923)
  Helen H. Roethke (1881 - 1955)
  Theodore Huebner Roethke (1908 - 1963)*
  Theodore Huebner Roethke (1908 - 1963)
  June H. Roethke (1913 - 1997)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Saginaw County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Section 86 Lot 394 with his parents and sister.
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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