A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost
"When I was young, I was so interested in baseball that my family was afraid I'd waste my life and be a pitcher. Later they were afraid I'd waste my life and be a poet. They were right."
Paperback, 198 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
(first published 1981)
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This was a wonderful story. I don't know who deserves more credit --- Mr. Frost, for the life he lived, or Ms. Bober, for her way a telling his story. I have previously read Ms. Bober's biography of Abigail Adams, but found this book to be much more enjoyable. This one seemed lighter, not so bogged down with details, yet still so complete. Robert Frost endured much personal tragedies in his life, but continued to be driven by a desire to just be himself. His pure desire for learning and knowledg...more
A Restless Spirit was a pick-up at a library sale a couple of years ago that I finally got around to reading. It's a Young Adult non-fiction book about my favorite poet, Robert Frost. I really liked the way this story was told, in that it didn't talk down to younger readers but didn't go into depth with things that could be confusing like poetry interpretation and analysis. Throughout the book Frost's poetry is sprinkled and each chapter is a line from one of his poems. Like Frost's poetry, the...more
This was an eye-opening sojourn into the poet's life. An easy, enjoyable, entertaining, and educational read. I was prepared to accept his fallibility and "not be too disappointed" in him; instead, I felt and new respect and admiration for him, and an increased love of his poetry.
I knew Robert Frost had many heartbreaks throughout his life, but had no idea the full extent until I read this book. I loved learning more about him and seeing how despite the difficulties he faced, he clung to his dreams and his family and he chose happiness.