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Lost Puritan

A Life of Robert Lowell

Paul Mariani


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"Thorough and just. . . . Quietly, surely in touch with its distinguished subject."—Richard Wilbur

Robert Lowell's poetry radically altered the American literary landscape, combining as it did family drama and an apocalyptic view of the history of our times. He won three Pulitzer Prizes and two National Book Awards for poetry. Married three times, always to writers, he had his dark side, suffering from crippling bouts of manic depression and alcoholism.

Using hundreds of Lowell's unpublished manuscripts and letters, and dozens of interviews, Paul Mariani has given us a balanced, passionate, and readable life, capturing the man, his age, and his place in literary history.

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393313741, 552pp.

Publication Date: July 17, 1996

About the Author

Poet, scholar, essayist, critic, Paul Mariani is the author of many books, including William Carlos Williams and The Great Wheel. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.