The daughter of renowned classical scholar Moses Hadas, Rachel Hadas studied classics at Harvard, poetry at Johns Hopkins, and comparative literature at Princeton. Between college and graduate school she spent four years in Greece, an experience reflected variously in much of her work. She has taught at Columbia, Princeton, and since 1981 at Rutgers University. She has published more than twenty books of poetry, essays, and translations, including the memoir Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry (2011) and the poetry collections The Ache of Appetite (2010), The Golden Road (2012), and Questions in the Vestibule (2016).