Frost: A Literary Life Reconsidered

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Oxford University Press, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 286 pages
In this engaging study, William H. Pritchard sees Frost whole, demonstrating that Frost's life was indeed a literary one and that the essential fact about it was the poetry that came from it. Lawrance Thompson's controversial three-volume biography of Frost, published during the 1960s, lead many readers to believe that Frost was selfish, jealous, petty, and ruthlessly manipulative of others. While it doesn't attempt to revive the image of Frost as a benign, white-haired sage, this book presents him in a strikingly different light. In Pritchard's view, both Frost's life and his work offer an example of a powerful imagination and of human energies extravagant and compelling.

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Continuing on my summer quest to do better with poetry, I selected Frost: A Literary Life Reconsidered from the Chautauqua reading list of 1985. I thought I would like it because one of the few poets ... Read full review

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Here's simply the best life of Frost based on close readings by a critic with an ear (also a fine pianist). The author had many conversations with the poet, over many years, many "talks walking." The ... Read full review

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About the author (1984)

William H. Pritchard is the Henry Clay Folger Professor of English at Amherst College. He is the author of two important biographies, "Frost: A Literary Life Reconsidered "and "Randall Jarrell: A Literary Life," He reviews regularly for the "New York Times Book Review," and his literary criticism is published in the "New Republic," "Hudson Review," "American Scholar," and the "Boston Sunday Globe," His most recent book, "Playing It by Ear: Literary Essays and Reviews," has been well received.

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