By Lowell, Amy; Lowell, Amy; Rollyson, Carl Edmund

ISBN-10: 1442223928

ISBN-13: 9781442223929

ISBN-10: 1442223944

ISBN-13: 9781442223943

The arguable American poet Amy Lowell (1874-1925), a founding member of the Imagist workforce that integrated D. H. Lawrence and H. D., excelled because the impresario for the “new poetry” that turned information around the U. S. within the years after international warfare I. Maligned by way of T. S. Eliot because the “demon saleswoman” of poetry, and ridiculed via Ezra Pound, Lowell has been handled by means of prior biographers as an overweight, sex-starved, inferior poet who smoked cigars and made a spectacle of herself, canvassing the rustic on lecture excursions that drew crowds within the thousands for her electrifying performances.

In truth, Lowell wrote a number of the most interesting love lyrics of the 20th century and led a whole and loving lifestyles along with her consistent better half, the retired actress Ada Russell. She was once offered the Pulitzer Prize posthumously in 1926. This provocative new biography, the 1st in 40 years, restores Amy Lowell to her complete humanity in an period that, finally, is commencing to have fun with the contributions of gays and lesbians to American’s cultural history. Drawing on newly chanced on letters and papers, Rollyson’s biography ultimately provides this brilliant poet her due.

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It is almost as if Lowell sought public humiliation, a confrontation with the worst that could be said about her work. A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass is certainly not a work of self-delusion. And yet Lowell’s first book contains pieces—if only a few—that show promise. Would anyone notice? Few did. The reviews were lukewarm. ” She read Harriet Monroe’s Poetry, founded in the same year that saw the publication of A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass. On September 7, 1912, she wrote to encourage Monroe, enclosing a check for a subscription and “a little more” for a publication that would “foster poetry” that had a hard time getting noticed.

73 In June, 1905, she called on the master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and presented a letter of introduction from William Everett (1839–1910), a Trinity College graduate, former congressman, and the master of Adams Academy in Quincy, Massachusetts: “I wish to present to your kindest notice my friend Miss Amy Lowell. Nothing good has been done in Boston for many generations that her family, immediate & collateral, has not helped . ” The rest of the note is indecipherable, except for Everett’s mentioning that Amy wanted to examine rare books and autographs.

In her undated composition book, the teenage Amy answers questions that revealed self-control as her favorite moral characteristic; deceit as the moral failing she most disliked; Benjamin Franklin as the American hero she most admired; and Alfred the Great as her pick for a hero from another country. The man she most hated in history was Napoleon, and her favorite American heroine was Barbara Frietchie. The ninety-five-year-old is said to have stood in a Frederick, Maryland, street waving the Union flag in defiance of Stonewall Jackson’s invading troops, declaiming John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem.

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