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Overview

The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume 2: 1920–1928 is the second installment of Harvard’s five-volume edition of the poet’s correspondence. Nearly three hundred letters in the critically-acclaimed first volume had never before been collected; here, close to four hundred are gathered for the first time. Volume 2 includes letters to some 160 correspondents: family and friends; colleagues, fellow writers, visual artists, editors, and publishers; educators of all kinds; farmers, librarians, and admirers.

In the years covered here, publication of Selected Poems, New Hampshire, and West-Running Brook enhanced Frost’s stature in America and abroad, and the demands of managing his career—as public speaker, poet, and teacher—intensified. A good portion of the correspondence is devoted to Frost’s appointments at the University of Michigan and Amherst College, ​through which he played a major part in staking out the positions poets would later hold in American universities.​​ Other letters show Frost helping to shape the Bread Loaf School of English and its affiliated Writers’ Conference.​ We encounter him discussing his craft with students and fostering the careers of younger poets. His ​​observations (and reservations) about educators are illuminating and remain pertinent. And family life—with all its joys and sorrows, hardships and satisfactions—is never less than central to Frost’s concerns.

Robert Frost was a masterful prose stylist, often brilliant and always engaging.​ Thoroughly annotated and accompanied by a biographical glossary, chronology, and detailed index, these letters are both the record of a remarkable literary life and a unique contribution to American literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674726642
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Pages: 848
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Donald Sheehy is Professor of English at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Mark Richardson is Professor of English at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

Robert Bernard Hass is Professor of English at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Henry Atmore is Professor of Anglo-American Studies at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Abbreviations xiii

Editorial Principles xix

Introduction 1

1 "Book Farmer" 19

2 "The Guessed of Michigan" 202

3 A New Regime at Amherst 337

4 To Michigan Again (for a Lifetime in a Year) 479

5 Ten Weeks a Year in Amherst, Fourteen Once in Europe 547

Biographical Glossary of Correspondents 695

Chronology: February 1920-December 1928 739

Acknowledgments 761

Index 773

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