Norman Rosten

Norman Rosten (January 1, 1913 – March 7, 1995) was an American poet, playwright, and novelist.


Rosten was born to a Polish Jewish family[1][2] in New York City and grew up in Hurleyville, New York. He was graduated from Brooklyn College and New York University, and the University of Michigan, where he met Arthur Miller. Each won the Avery Hopwood Award.

In 1979, Brooklyn's borough president Howard Golden named Rosten as the poet laureate of Brooklyn.

Among Rosten's work outside the field of poetry, he wrote the libretto for Ezra Laderman's opera "Marilyn". He also wrote the screenplay for the Sidney Lumet's film Vu du Pont, adapting Miller's A View from the Bridge.[3] He visited Mickey Knox in Rome.[4]

Rosten was a poetry consultant for Simon and Schuster Publishers. It was through that role that he came to know fellow poet Andrew Glaze. The two became friends and Glaze later dedicated his book "I am the Jefferson County Courthouse" to Rosten.[5]

His work appeared in The New Yorker.[6]

Rosten died in New York City from congestive heart failure on March 7, 1995 at the age of 81.[3]




  • Return Again, Traveler, Yale University Press, 1940
  • The big road: a narrative poem, Rinehart & Company, Inc., 1946
  • Imagine Seeing You Here: a world of poetry, lively and lyrical
  • Thrive Upon the Rock, Trident Press, 1965
  • Selected Poems. G. Braziller. 1979. ISBN 978-0-8076-0938-5.
  • Patricia Rosten Filan, ed. (2004). A City Is. Illustrator Melanie Hope Greenberg. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-8050-6793-4.




  • Marilyn: An Untold Story, New American Library, 1973
  • Marilyn among Friends, with photographer Sam Shaw. UK: Bloomsbury (1987)


  • Cary Nelson, ed. (2002). "The March". The wound and the dream: sixty years of American poems about the Spanish Civil War. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-07070-9.


  1. ^ Meyers, Jeffrey (January 19, 2012). The Genius and the Goddess: Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe. University of Illinois Press; 1st edition. p. 155. ISBN 9780252078545.
  2. ^ Migrants, Immigrants, and Slaves: Racial and Ethnic Groups in America By Thompson Dele Olasiji. p.118.
  3. ^ a b MEL GUSSOW (March 9, 1995). "Norman Rosten, 81, Playwright And Brooklyn's Poet Laureate". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Mickey Knox (2004). The good, the bad, and the dolce vita: the adventures of an actor in Hollywood, Paris, and Rome. Nation Books. ISBN 978-1-56025-575-8.
  5. ^ Doreski, William, ed. (1985). Earth That Sings: on the poetry of Andrew Glaze. Houston, Texas: Ford-Brown & Co. ISBN 0-918644-16-X.
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