Robert Frost

Robert Frost

A Life

By Jay Parini

Henry Holt and Co., Hardcover, 9780805031812, 528pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 1999


This fascinating reassessment of America's most popular and famous poet reveals a more complex and enigmatic man than many readers might expect. Jay Parini spent over twenty years interviewing friends of Frost and working in the poet's archives at Dartmouth, Amherst, and elsewhere to produce this definitive and insightful portrait of both the public and private man. While he depicts the various stages of Frost's colorful life, Parini also sensitively explores the poet's psyche, showing how he dealt with adversity, family tragedy, and depression. By taking the reader into the poetry itself, which he reads closely and brilliantly, Parini offers an insightful road map to Frost's remarkable world.

About the Author

Jay Parini, a poet, novelist, and biographer, is Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College. His books include The Last Station (Owl Books, 0-8050-5823-0), John Steinbeck (Owl Books, 0-8050-4700-X), and Benjamin's Crossing (Owl Books, 0-8050-5824-9). He lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

Praise For Robert Frost

"A pleasure to read, combining penetrating commentary on the poetry and good illustrative anecdotes. Mr. Parini has brought Frost more sharply into focus." (Christopher Lehman-Haupt, The New York Times)

"Inspired and always humanizing, Parini sympathetically illuminates the stunning contradictions embedded in Frost's personality, work, and life." (Susan Miron, The Miami Herald)