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With Robert Lowell and his circle : Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz, and others

Author: Kathleen Spivack
Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A memoir of a famous poetry circle

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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Kathleen Spivack; Kathleen Spivack; Robert Lowell
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen Spivack
ISBN: 9781555537883 155553788X 9781555537654 1555537650
OCLC Number: 785870541
Description: xii, 239 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The "family" --
Oberlin and Boston, 1958-1959 --
Early days in Boston; first impressions, January 1959 --
First meeting with Robert Lowell; Boston University, 1959 --
First classes at Boston University, 1959-1960 --
Sylvia Plath, 1959-1960 --
Robert Lowell's appearance --
Lowell's way of teaching --
Anne Sexton, 1959-1974 --
Later visits with Anne Sexton; Reflections on psychotherapy and sleep --
Teatime with Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick --
Literary Boston in the late '50s and '60s; social milieu, class, and the literary tradition --
Significant other, 1959-1977 --
Adrienne Rich, 1960s --
The two sets of classes; Boston University and Harvard, 1959-1977 --
Elizabeth Bishop and ping-pong, 1974-1979 --
Boston and its influence; Bishop and Lowell --
Lowell's poet friends; Frank Bidart, Lord Gowrie, Bill Alfred --
Stanley Kunitz, 1971-2006 --
Lowell and women; students, friends, and wives! --
Young marriage in Somerville; a small apartment, a mad inventor, literary visitors, 1960-1977 --
He was ancient! He was over forty! (After office hours at Harvard) --
The underside; "Madness" and the culture of nervous breakdowns --
Alcohol and drugs --
Gender and suicide --
A gifted young student; Peter Kaplan, 1963-1977 --
The "po biz"; submission, rejection, money --
"Genius at work"; revision, presentation, contribution --
Allen Ginsberg and Robert Lowell; two branches of American poetry --
The "romantics" seminar, Harvard University, spring 1977 --
Final spring, 1977 --
Looking for Robert Lowell's grave, October 1977 --
Notes of a witness.
Responsibility: Kathleen Spivack.

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