Robert Frost

A Life

Jay Parini

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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.

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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)

"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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About the Author

Jay Parini

Jay Parini, a poet, novelist, and biographer, is Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College. His books include The Last Station, John Steinbeck, and Benjamin's Crossing. He lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

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Robert Frost
A Life
Jay Parini

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
March 2000
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805063417
ISBN10: 0805063412
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 528 pages
$22.00

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
March 1999
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805031812
ISBN10: 0805031812
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 528 pages, 16-page b&w photo insert
$35.00
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