Robert Frost A Life

Jay Parini




Trade Paperback

528 Pages



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This fascinating reassessment of America's most popular and famous poet reveals a more complex and enigmatic man than many readers might expect. Jay Parini spent over twenty years interviewing friends of Frost and working in the poet's archives at Dartmouth, Amherst, and elsewhere to produce this definitive and insightful portrait of both the public and private man. While he depicts the various stages of Frost's colorful life, Parini also sensitively explores the poet's psyche, showing how he dealt with adversity, family tragedy, and depression. By taking the reader into the poetry itself, which he reads closely and brilliantly, Parini offers an insightful road map to Frost's remarkable world.


Praise for Robert Frost

"A pleasure to read, combining penetrating commentary on the poetry and good illustrative anecdotes. Mr. Parini has brought Frost more sharply into focus."—Christopher Lehman-Haupt, The New York Times

"Parini's judicious biography puts Frost's dark side in perspective. He is a balanced, sophisticated reader, and his readings of the poems and of the man are shrewd."—Lance Morrow, Time

"A momentous biography. Frost's poems questioned the cruelty of nature and of God, and through its heartreding re-creation of the poet's life and work, so too does this book."—Bilge Ebiri, Entertainment Weekly

"Inspired and always humanizing, Parini sympathetically illuminates the stunning contradictions embedded in Frost's personality, work, and life."—Susan Miron, The Miami Herald

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