Books: A Lover's Quarrel With the World

His face might have been carved out of a Vermont hillside (and may yet be carved into one). No man seemed more natively American. "The death of Robert Frost leaves a vacancy in the American spirit," said President Kennedy. But ironically, Robert Frost was 40 years old, with his life nearly half over, before the people of the U.S. recognized him as a poet, and then they learned it from the British. For those 40 years, he was an isolated man. isolated physically on a bleak farm in New-England, isolated poetically as he slowly...

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