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Often thought of as the quintessential poet of New England, Robert Frost is one of the most widely read American poets of the 20th century. He was a master of poetic form and imagery, his works seemed to capture the spirit of America, and he became so emblematic of his country that he read his work at President Kennedy's inauguration and traveled to Israel, Greece, and the Soviet Union as an emissary of the U.S. State Department. While many readers think of him as the personification of New England, he was born in San Francisco, published his first book of poetry in England, matured as a poet while abroad, taught for several years at the University of Michigan, and spent many of his winters in Florida. This reference helps illuminate the hidden complexities of his life and work.
Included in this volume are hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries on Frost's life and writings. Each of his collected poems is treated in a separate entry, and the book additionally includes entries on such topics as his public speeches, various colleges and universities with which he was associated, the honors that he won, his biographers, films about him, poets, and others whom he knew, and similar items. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and closes with a brief bibliography. The volume also provides a chronology and concludes with a general bibliography of major studies.
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...students, teachers, scholars, and general readers of the poet find themselves indebted to Nancy Lewis Tuten and John Zubizarreta, along with the more than one hundred contributors they enlisted for this valuable resource.
There's plenty here--God's plenty. A handsome volume.
All readers of Frost's poetry ought to thank Professors Tuten and Zubizarreta for their scrupulous work in producing this worthy Encyclopedia. Spot checks have led to new discoveries and no disappointments so far. Frost has a way of going along at the simplest of gaits when--bam!--he'll hit you with something like `iota subscript,' `eolith palladium,' `Rogers group,' a poem with a different rhyme scheme in every stanza, rainbows at night, darkness by day, quotations from Christopher Marlowe and Havelock Ellis and Sir Noel Coward; it helps to be equipped with a lot of reference books. This looks like one of the handiest. The fact is, indeed, the sweetest dream that labor knows, and you will find thousands of useful facts here.