Genevieve Taggard was a fashionable figure of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, when poets on the left played a significant role in shaping an international cultural aesthetic. Born in Waitsburg, Washington in 1894, Taggard was the oldest child of James Nelson Taggard and Alta Gale Arnold. Her parents were evangelical Christians who, when Taggard was two, moved the family to Hawaii, where they established themselves as missionaries and set up a school for native children. Taggard examines the experiences of her Hawaiian childhood throughout her career as a poet.

In 1914, Taggard entered the University of California at Berkeley where she became the editor of The Occident, the school’s literary magazine. After graduating from …

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Berke, Nancy. "Genevieve Taggard". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 August 2011
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