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Robert Frost: A Biography
Jeffrey Meyers
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Robert Frost: A Biography

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This commanding and controversial life of the most beloved of American poets, written by a master biographer, has been hailed by poets and critics alike. Those who thought they knew Frost's life and work will be surprised by the newly discovered, complex, and sympathetic creature they meet in these pages.
Hardcover, 462 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Replica Books (first published 1996)
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Ed Hyde
Mar 23, 2016 Ed Hyde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am only passing familiar with Frost's work - you know the ones: Mending Wall, The Road Not Taken, Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening, The Pasture - but have always been interested in his reputation and esteemed place in our culture. The awards are many: 4 Pulitzer Prizes, numerous honorary degrees, among a whole host of other honors.

Having read another biography by Meyers, and it was well done, I ordered this volume from my local library.

There is an unfortunate dualism inherent in biographie
I was inspired to pick up this book, after hearing Sam Hazo lecture about Robert Frost. I have always like Frost's poetry, but really knew little about him as a person, or his life. The biography was a little difficult, almost text book-like and I had to keep referring to my (complete and unabridged) The Poetry of Robert Frost. I feel like I need to read all the poems now, though I sometimes found the very long ones, well too long. Poetry seems to be much better when listened to, rather than rea ...more
Mar 23, 2009 Nate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think my own ignorance of poetry and poets kept me from enjoying this book more. The author is a "poetry insider", and throughout the book makes repeated references to other (?obscure) poets, critics, and literary contemporaries of Frost that I had never heard of. If I knew who they were and their significance, the book in general would have been much more meaningful. Plus, Frost is not that sympathetic of a guy; he's insecure, often petty and petulant, and a poor father. Apparently his offici ...more
Jul 30, 2013 Thor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir

Very helpful. I got a great introduction to Frost's troubled family life, and the acrimony of literary ... success / criticism / jealousy / envy / training. I was challenged by the book structure...of topics falling in a rough chronological order, but with each topic containing redundant historical information. In the end I come away with the conclusion that Robert Frost was the greatest American poet since the American Renaissance (mid 19th century), getting there through work, grit, talent, de
As I finished it, I was much MUCH more open to Frost's talents and his unique vision for poetry.

Very well constructed, revealing and intimate.

You discover something which I love to tell everyone all the time- Frost was so not the country bumpkin poet everyone takes him to be. There's quite a bit of rabid pessimism here and the anecdotes are there to prove it. His philosophical probing was more subtle than many have noticed and his grace is part of that.

When I finished it, the radio was on and i
Nov 18, 2011 Nadine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Frost fans
Recommended to Nadine by: nobody
This biography sizzles. I never expected to find out so much about the revered poet of New England. His family is shown as a real pain and his mistress Kay Morrison as essential to his mature life. Frost is shown as a practical and eccentric character, capable of using academia to advance himself as a published poet. His work sold like hotcakes and in his later years he basked in his fame even though his fellow poets weren't always flattering to him. Forty four honorary degrees, four Pulitzers. ...more
"Emotional and insecure, he turned to poetry to direct his life and give it meaning; and poetry influenced and sometimes determined some of his most crucial decisions. He used Shelley's paean to free love to justify sleeping with Elinor, gave her the poems in Twilight to persuade her to marry him and was lured to the Dismal Swamp by its poetic associations." (33)
Though I'm familiar with quite a bit of the poetry of Robert Frost I had no knowledge of his life. Terribly sad; losing four children before he died.
He had no faith base and I wonder if his life would have been eased if he had. I think it sure helps! Can't believe he'd have an affair and know his lover was sleeping with others...
Aug 27, 2008 Jamey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1/2 way through.... liking it... I read this man's biographies of William James and of DH Lawrence about 15 years ago and liked those, too...
Xenophon Hendrix
Mar 25, 2009 Xenophon Hendrix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
an even-handed biography of Robert Frost
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Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has recently been given an Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Thirty of his books have been translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets, and published on six continents. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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