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Diane Middlebrook — A Tribute

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Founder, Stanford Book Salon


Stanford professor emerita Diane Middlebrook, passed away on December 15, 2007. Professor Middlebrook holds a special place in the hearts of the Stanford Book Salon community. In collaboration with the Stanford Alumni Association, she nurtured the salon and served as its original host.

Celebrating its 5th anniversary this year, the book salon – a vibrant, close-knit, online community – is part of the rich legacy she leaves behind. The news of her death prompted a strong response from the book salon discussion group and you can read their responses here.

Personal Rembrances


Click on the links below to read more:
  • Karen Meengs '78
    "As everyone knows, Professor Middlebrook's mind was amazing."
  • Sheila Skjeie '49
    "How I wish she had been teaching during my years at Stanford--1945 to 1949!"
  • Carla Hanawalt
    "She spoke about why literature mattered to her so very much."
  • Freddi Aronov '73
    "Diane was wearing one black shoe and one red shoe!"
  • Susanne Wiesen '82
    "...the entire class was invited to Professor Middlebrook's home for a dinner honoring a guest poet."
  • Marsha Bohr
    "As was said, "The life of such a woman needs no epitaph."
  • Irene Gibson '48
    "The Book Salon would not exist if it hadn't been for Diane Middlebrook's inspiration."
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