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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Robert Frost, one of the greatest American poets, is certainly the most widely read and most loved. After Frost's death in 1963, his authorized biographer wrote a three-volume work which deeply distorted the personality of the poet. Jeffrey Meyers has returned to the sources and survivors and has given us a radically new interpretation of Robert Frost's life. The poet that...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Mariner Books (first published 1996)
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Nate
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
Robert

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...more
matt
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...more
Nadine
Nov 18, 2011 Nadine rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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"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)
Jamey
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
an even-handed biography of Robert Frost
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