Books: The Poet & the Public Man

SELECTED LETTERS OF ROBERT FROST edited by Lawrance Thompson. 645 pages. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. $10.

Having attained the seventh age of the public person, grand old manhood, Robert Frost spent a large part of his last two decades receiving the accolades of national affection. But there is a perverse quality of dismissal about a nation's affection, as if the recipient were being asked while still alive to mount a bronze horse, assume a statuary stare, and to refrain from doing anything that would require the recutting of the inscription on his pedestal.

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