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Edwin Arlington Robinson : A Poet's Life

By: Donaldson, Scott.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2012Description: 1 online resource (1107 p.).ISBN: 9780231510998.Subject(s): Poets, American - 20th century | Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography | Robinson, Edwin Arlington | Robinson, Edwin Arlington, 1869-1935Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Edwin Arlington Robinson : A Poet's LifeDDC classification: 811.52 | 811/.52 LOC classification: PS3535.O25 Z645 2007Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover ; Half title; Title; Copyright; Contents ; Introduction; 1. A Hell of a Name for a Poet; 2. A Manor Town in Maine; 3. Never So Young Again; 4. Fall of the House of Robinson; 5. A "Special" at Harvard; 6. Farewell to Carefree Days; 7. Shaping a Life; 8. Loves Lost; 9. Breaking Away; 10. Poetry as a Calling; 11. City of Artists; 12. The Saga of Captain Craig; 13. Down and Out; 14. Theater Days; 15. The End of Something; 16. Down and Out, Yet Again; 17. Life in the Woods, Death in Boston; 18. Reversal of Fortune; 19. A Poet Once Again; 20. A Breakthrough Book; 21. Reaching Fifty
22. Seasons of Success23. A Sojourn in England; 24. MacDowell's First Citizen; 25. Recognition and Its Consequences; 26. Generosities; 27. Death of a Poet; 28. Beyond the Sunset; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: 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 intriguing 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 youngest son of a well-to-do family in Gardiner, Maine, Robinson had two brothers: Dean, a doctor who became a drug addict, and Herman, an alcoholic who squandered the family fortune. Robinson never married, but he fell in love as many as three times, most lastingly with the woman who would become his brother Herman's wife. Despite his shyness, Robinson made many close friends, and he repeatedly went out of his way to give them his support and encouragement. Still, it was always poetry that drove him. He regarded writing poems as nothing less than his calling-what he had been put on earth to do. Struggling through long years of poverty and neglect, he achieved a voice and a subject matter all his own. He was the first to write about ordinary people and events-an honest butcher consumed by grief, a miser with "eyes like little dollars in the dark," ancient clerks in a dry goods store measuring out their days like bolts of cloth. In simple yet powerful rhetoric, he explored the interior worlds of the people around him. Robinson was a major poet and a pivotal figure in the course of modern American literature, yet over the years his reputation has declined. With his biography, Donaldson returns this remarkable talent to the pantheon of great American poets and sheds new light on his enduring legacy.
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Cover ; Half title; Title; Copyright; Contents ; Introduction; 1. A Hell of a Name for a Poet; 2. A Manor Town in Maine; 3. Never So Young Again; 4. Fall of the House of Robinson; 5. A "Special" at Harvard; 6. Farewell to Carefree Days; 7. Shaping a Life; 8. Loves Lost; 9. Breaking Away; 10. Poetry as a Calling; 11. City of Artists; 12. The Saga of Captain Craig; 13. Down and Out; 14. Theater Days; 15. The End of Something; 16. Down and Out, Yet Again; 17. Life in the Woods, Death in Boston; 18. Reversal of Fortune; 19. A Poet Once Again; 20. A Breakthrough Book; 21. Reaching Fifty

22. Seasons of Success23. A Sojourn in England; 24. MacDowell's First Citizen; 25. Recognition and Its Consequences; 26. Generosities; 27. Death of a Poet; 28. Beyond the Sunset; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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 intriguing 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 youngest son of a well-to-do family in Gardiner, Maine, Robinson had two brothers: Dean, a doctor who became a drug addict, and Herman, an alcoholic who squandered the family fortune. Robinson never married, but he fell in love as many as three times, most lastingly with the woman who would become his brother Herman's wife. Despite his shyness, Robinson made many close friends, and he repeatedly went out of his way to give them his support and encouragement. Still, it was always poetry that drove him. He regarded writing poems as nothing less than his calling-what he had been put on earth to do. Struggling through long years of poverty and neglect, he achieved a voice and a subject matter all his own. He was the first to write about ordinary people and events-an honest butcher consumed by grief, a miser with "eyes like little dollars in the dark," ancient clerks in a dry goods store measuring out their days like bolts of cloth. In simple yet powerful rhetoric, he explored the interior worlds of the people around him. Robinson was a major poet and a pivotal figure in the course of modern American literature, yet over the years his reputation has declined. With his biography, Donaldson returns this remarkable talent to the pantheon of great American poets and sheds new light on his enduring legacy.

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Pulitzer Prize winner Edwin Arlington Robinson was praised by the best-known critics of his time (e.g., Louis Untermeyer, Irving Howe) and was considered revolutionary for his ability to develop characters (e.g., "Miniver Cheevy," "Richard Cory") within the formal confines of poetic stanzas. At his death in 1935, he was lauded as the nation's preeminent poet. In the last 70 years, however, he has largely been ignored or forgotten. Donaldson (Poet in America: Winfield Townley Scott), who has also authored biographies of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Cheever, and Archibald MacLeish, wants to remind scholars and readers of Robinson's importance in the literary world. Using approximately 3000 letters that have only recently become available, Donaldson has written a thoroughgoing biography that will likely become a touchstone for anyone interested in the poet's work and life. Recommended for all academic libraries and for public libraries with large poetry and/or biography collections.-Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Scott Donaldson is one of the nation's leading literary biographers. He has written and edited a number of books, including Poet in America: Winfield Townley Scott; By Force of Will: The Life and Art of Ernest Hemingway; Fool for Love: F. Scott Fitzgerald; John Cheever: A Biography; Archibald MacLeish: An American Life; and Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald.

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