Robert Frost by Robert Frost
Speaking on Campus: Excerpts from His Talks, 1949-1962

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“Frost was the first American who could be honestly reckoned a master-poet by world standards.”—Robert Graves


Robert Frost’s poetry has triumphantly survived him, but most readers today have not known him in one of his most significant capacities—as teacher and lecturer. Here, collected for the first time, are excerpts from forty-six of his presentations delivered to students at more than thirty academic institutions over three decades. Frost’s topics include: “What I think I’m doing when I write a poem,” “Getting up things to say for yourself,” “The future of the world,” “Fall in love at sight,” and “Not freedom from, but freedom of.”



Gathered by Edward Connery Lathem, editor of The Poetry of Robert Frost, and introduced by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David M. Shribman, Robert Frost: Speaking on Campus reveals Frost in the setting of both classroom and lecture hall, where he inspired thousands.
 

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BETSY and TOM MELVIN own and run the Artistic Alliance Gallery in Essex Center, Vermont, in which they exhibit and sell their photographs. They are well-known studio and nature photographers, and authors of the best-selling book of photographs Robert Frost Country. A prolific poet, novelist, and critic, JAY PARINI's recent books include the widely-reviewed Robert Frost: A Life and House of Days: Poems.
 
Published July 28, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 229 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Frost's letters to Untermeyer extend from 1915 to the '60's;

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This is a warm, loving and sensitive biography of Robert Frost, written with authority from a long and rich personal acquaintance with the poet.

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A satirical conversation in blank verse, purporting to be the 43rd chapter of the Book of Job.

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The Collected Prose of Robert Frost.

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The Telegraph

There's an episode of The Sopranos in which Antony Junior asks his older sister Meadow for help in explicating Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening".

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Deseret News

A number of poets feel comfortable writing either poetry or prose, but Frost was always uneasy about the potential for publishing his prose, even though he produced a prodigious amount.

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London Review of Books

In 1891, Frost got himself elected to the editorship of the Lawrence, Massachusetts High School Bulletin, and his opening salute to his classmates insists that ‘this chair, when not acting as a weapon of defence, will be devoted to the caprices of its occupant.’ A fortnight before his death in 19...

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The New York Review of Books

Robert Frost’s long life came to an end in 1963, and Lawrance Thompson’s long life of Robert Frost—that of an authorized biographer, who was outlived by his labors, and whose third volume was completed by a colleague—came to an end last year.

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The New York Review of Books

Lionel Trilling shocked the guests at a dinner celebrating Robert Frost’s eighty-fifth birthday, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel during the spring of 1959, by suggesting in prepared remarks that Frost, everyone’s favorite genial Yankee uncle, was a “terrifying poet.” Trilling claimed that the Frost ...

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