The Letters of Robert Lowell (Paperback)

By Robert Lowell, Saskia Hamilton (Editor)

Farrar Straus Giroux, 9780374530341, 852pp.

Publication Date: March 20, 2007



One of the most influential poets of the twentieth century, Robert Lowell was also a prolific letter writer who corresponded with many of the remarkable writers and thinkers of his day, including Elizabeth Bishop, Ezra Pound, Hannah Arendt, William Carlos Williams, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, and Edmund Wilson. These letters, conversations in writing, document the evolution of Lowell's work and illuminate another side of the intimate life that was the subject of so many of his poems: his deep friendships with other writers; the manic-depressive illness he struggled to endure and understand; his marriages to three prose writers; and his engagement with politics and the antiwar movement of the 1960s. The Letters of Robert Lowell shows us, in many cases for the first time, the private thoughts and passions of a figure unrivaled in his influence on American letters.

About the Author

Robert Lowell (1917-77) was the renowned and controversial author of many books of poetry, including Day by Day (FSG, 1977), For the Union Dead (FSG, 1964), and Life Studies (FSG, 1959).

Praise For The Letters of Robert Lowell

"As this valuable collection makes clear, [Lowell] tirelessly rewrote and reimagined everything, including his own life." --Charles McGrath, The New York Times
"Absorbing and intimate . . . As they unfold, the letters play a resonant obbligato to the life and the poems alike." --Helen Vendler, The New Republic
 "The most important book to appear on the American literary scene in many years." --Eric Ormsby, The New York Sun