Books: The Poet Laureate (Robert Frost)

"Came within an ace of dying. Pneumonia. They call it the old man's friend —it takes you easy. But they gave me tons of penicillin. I said to my doctor, 'What do you call penicillin if it's the enemy of the old man's friend?' I never thought it was the end, but I thought if I died it would help sell my books. You know, when you come close to death, you feel awestruck. It's not fear" As he talked last week in South Miami, Robert Frost walked slowly and carefully.

He did not yet...

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