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Edwin Arlington Robinson : a poet's life

Author: Scott Donaldson
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"At the time of his death in 1935, Edwin Arlington Robinson was regarded as the leading American poet - the equal of Frost and Stevens. In this biography, Scott Donaldson tells the story of this poet's life, based in large part on a previously unavailable trove of more than 3,000 personal letters, and recounts his profoundly important role in the development of modern American literature." "Born in 1869, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Donaldson, Scott, 1928-
Edwin Arlington Robinson.
New York : Columbia University Press, c2007
(OCoLC)608320522
Online version:
Donaldson, Scott, 1928-
Edwin Arlington Robinson.
New York : Columbia University Press, c2007
(OCoLC)608377955
Named Person: Edwin Arlington Robinson; Robinson; Edwin Arlington Robinson; Edwin Arlington Robinson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Donaldson
ISBN: 0231138423 9780231138420 0231510993 9780231510998 9780510998 9789780510992 9780510990
OCLC Number: 68712246
Description: vi, 553 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: A hell of a name for a poet --
A manor town in Maine --
Never so young again --
Fall of the house of Robinson --
A "special" at Harvard --
Farewell to carefree days --
Shaping a life --
Loves lost --
Breaking away --
Poetry as a calling --
city of artists --
The saga of Captain Craig --
Down and out --
Theater days --
The end of something --
Down and out, yet again --
Life in the woods, death in Boston --
Reversal of fortune --
A poet once again --
A breakthrough book --
Reaching fifty --
Seasons of success --
A sojourn in England --
MacDowell's first citizen --
Recognition and its consequences --
Generosities --
Death of a poet --
Beyond the sunset.
Responsibility: Scott Donaldson.
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A thoroughgoing biography that will likely become a touchstone for anyone interested in the poet's work and life. Recommended. -- Pam Kingsbury Library Journal A richly documented book that eclipses Read more...

 
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