Aldridge, Richard (1930 - 1994)

Genre: Children's Literature, Non-Fiction, Poetry

Poet Richard Aldridge was born in New York City and lived in Sebasco Estates, ME.

A 1952 Amherst College graduate, his first published poems appeared in New Poems by American Poets (1953).

After his discharge from the Army in 1955, he was granted a Fullbright Scholarship to study at Worcester College, Oxford. He was awarded a second Fullbright and completed his studies at Worcester in 1957. He then returned to New York where he worked for the publisher Doubleday and Company. He soon resigned his position and moved to Maine.

In 1958 he married Josephine Haskell, whom he had known since childhood. The children's camp where they met was formerly located in the Sebasco Estates area where they lived.

He taught at Morse High School and the Hyde School, both in Bath, until he retired in 1985 to devote his time to writing poetry.

He died in 1994.

Selected Bibliography


  • Richard Aldridge: Poems (1957)
  • An Apology Both Ways (1957)
  • Down Through The Clouds, The Sea (1963)
  • Maine Lines 101 Contemporary Poems about Maine (1970) (editor/compiler)
  • The Wild White Rose; Poems (1974)
  • Poetry Amherst; a Sesquicentennial Anthology of Poems by Alumni of Amherst College (1972)
  • Memories of Morse, 1904-1979: A Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Tribute to Morse High School in Bath, Maine (1979)
  • Red Pine, Black Ash (1980)
  • Driving North (1989)
  • Speaking of New England: The Place & Her People: 72 Poems by 56 of Her Poets Past and Present (1993).
  • The Poems of Richard Aldridge (2001)

Children's Book

  • Reasons and Raisins (1972)collaboration with Josephine Aldridge

Selected Resources