Books: Survivor's Manual

THE DOLPHIN, 78 pages. $6.95;

HISTORY, 207 pages. $7.95;

FOR LIZZIE AND HARRIET, 48 pages. $6.95. by ROBERT LOWELL

Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

At 56. Robert Lowell is the country's leading claimant to the title of major poet. Most of his generation−Theodore Roethke, Randall Jarrell. John Berryman, Delmore Schwartz−are dead. When Lowell published his first book. Lord Wearys Castle, right after World War II. critics overwhelmed him with praise. Over the years he has proved a poet of exceptional intelligence and technical craft rather than mercurial lyric gifts.

Two of these books−For Lizzie and Harriet...

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