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Robert Frost

Poet (1874 - 1963)

Robert Frost

New Hampshire clings to its best known poet, but Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, taught in Massachusetts and died in Vermont. Prior to 1900 Frost moved in and out of college, wooed and finally won Elinor White, taught school with little success, lost a son to cholera and his mother to cancer, and sold his first poem for $15. In 1901 he inherited his grandmother's farm in Derry, NH and taught at Pinkerton Academy there. Over the next decade the Frosts had two children, before Robert chose to teach in Plymouth, NH, then to move instead to England to devote himself to poetry for two years. Back in the states, his reputation growing, Frost moved to Franconia, then to Amherst, NH. His link to the Granite State was forever forged in 1924 when his volume of poems called "New Hampshire" won him his first of four Pulitzer Prizes. By now Frost had also begun his long association with the Bread Loaf Conference in Vermont, and after flirting with a lifetime college post in Michigan, returned home to New England. As his fame and earning potential increased, his family life seemed to grow worse with his children's divorces, depression and illness. Frost suffered from exhaustion and after his wife Elinor died in 1938, Frost collapsed. Soon after, his son Carol committed suicide. Amazingly Frost recovered and flourished - teaching, writing, traveling, reading and lecturing. He received innumerable prizes and became, in his final years, advisor to presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, even meeting with Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev. During the 20th century Frost was the most popular and best read poet in the nation, offering a vision of New England that is part of our Yankee heritage today.

He took the road less traveled
and moved to New Hampshire

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ROBERT FROST LINKS

LIFE OF FROST

The Robert Frost Web Page
This may be all you need. RobertFrost.org, a fan site, has scores of poems, links to Frost readings, early newspaper interviews, student papers

A Frost Bouquet
Superb collection of items from the Clifton Walker Barnes Library of American Literature at the univ of Virginia.

Frost in the Atlantic Monthly
The Atlantic Online on the early poems of Frost sent in to the magazine while he was living in England.

Chronology of Frost's Life

Frost Poetry Exhibit
From Poets.org billed as "The Academy of American Poets," a nice databased selection from an online poets anthology

University of New Hampshire Library
Special Frost Collection

Early Letter from Frost
From England to Frank S. Flint

Short Frost Bio

Introducing Frost to a New Generation

Robert Frost's America
Atlantic cover story

Which Road Did you Take, Robert Frost?
A "web quest" study of the life of the poet via online resources

JFK Speaks About Front in 1962  

POETRY

NY Times Reviews of Frost Books

Robert Frost, America's Poet
Including poems from the volumes entitled: West-Running Brook, New Hampshire, Mountain Interval and North of Boston. Easy to use.

Poems of Robert Frost
An online selection of the webmaster's favorites

Modern American Poetry
Detailed literary critique and commentary on Frost's works

A Robert Frost Bibliography
Nice simple one-age summary

Robert Frost Collection
Selections from the "Pure Emotion" online romantic collection

Frost Poetry Selection From Hearts Ease

A Few Youthful Poems from Sonnet

Poem Read at JFK'S Inauguration

A Teaching Guide K-12 to Frost Poems

Frost Research References
Perspectives in American Literature (PAL) guide to print resources

Bibliography of Frost Works and Criticism

Books by Robert Frost
A good bibliography list of items in this Maryland University Library

HISTORIC SITES

Visiting the Frost Farm, Derry NH
A personal tour from the Literary Traveler

Pinkteron Academy, Derry, NH
One of Frost's early teaching jobs was here

Amherst College
Where Frost taught and site of Robert Frost Library

Amherst and Frost

The Breat Loaf School of English
Middlebury, VT

Robert Frost Interpretive Trail, Vermont (Scroll down)
Green Mountain National Forest guide with Frost cabin in Ripton, VT

Frost's Grave
From the Literary Traveler

Frost's Grave in Bennington, VT
From Find-a-Grave

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