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Robert Frost : An Adventure in Poetry, 1900-1918 - Lesley Lee Francis

Robert Frost

An Adventure in Poetry, 1900-1918

Paperback Published: 30th September 2004
ISBN: 9780765808257
Number Of Pages: 246

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In this volume, Lesley Lee Francis, granddaughter of Robert Frost, brings to life the Frost family's idyllic early years. Through their own words, we enter the daily lives of Robert, known as RF to his family and friends, his wife, Elinor, and their four children, Lesley, Carol, Irma, and Marjorie. The result is a meticulously researched and beautifully written evocation of a fleeting chapter in the life of a literary family.

Taught at home by their father and mother, the Frost children received a remarkable education. Reared on poetry, nurtured on the world of the imagination, and instructed in the art of direct observation, the children produced an exceptional body of writing and artwork in the years between 1905 and 1915. Drawing upon previously unexamined journals, notebooks, letters, and the little magazine entitled The Bouquet produced by the Frost children and their friends, Francis shows how the genius of Frost was enriched by his interactions with his children. Francis depicts her grandfather as a generous, devoted, and playful man with a striking ability to communicate with his children and grandchildren. She traces the family's adventures from their farm years in New Hampshire through their nearly three years in England. This enchanting evocation of the Frost family's life together makes more poignant the unforeseen personal tragedies that would befall its members in later years.

"Occasionally one reads a study of a famous writer with a growing realization that the reader is compelled to look at the once-familiar story with fresh eyes. This is such a book; unpretentious, finely honed, and closely at home with its subject."--R. George Thomas, New Welsh Review

"[Francis's] portrait--complete with handsome, telling photographs--will surely lead readers back to Robert Frost's poetry with deepened understanding and with renewed appreciation."--Phoebe Pettingell, The New Leader

"This book rings lovingly true."--George Monteiro, The Robert Frost Review

Lesley Lee Francis retired from the professional staff of the American Association of University Professors in Washington, DC. She is currently scholar-in-residence and adjunct professor of Spanish at Shenandoah University in Virginia.

"Occasionally one reads a study of a famous writer with a growing realization that the reader is compelled to look at the once-familiar story with fresh eyes. This is such a book; unpretentious, finely honed, and closely at home with its subject."

--R. George Thomas, "New Welsh Review" "[Francis's] portrait--complete with handsome, telling photographs--will surely lead readers back to Robert Frost's poetry with deepened understanding and with renewed appreciation."

--Phoebe Pettingell, "The New Leader" "This book rings lovingly true."

--George Monteiro, "The Robert Frost Review"


"Occasionally one reads a study of a famous writer with a growing realization that the reader is compelled to look at the once-familiar story with fresh eyes. This is such a book; unpretentious, finely honed, and closely at home with its subject."

--R. George Thomas, New Welsh Review "[Francis's] portrait--complete with handsome, telling photographs--will surely lead readers back to Robert Frost's poetry with deepened understanding and with renewed appreciation."

--Phoebe Pettingell, The New Leader "This book rings lovingly true."

--George Monteiro, The Robert Frost Review


-Occasionally one reads a study of a famous writer with a growing realization that the reader is compelled to look at the once-familiar story with fresh eyes. This is such a book; unpretentious, finely honed, and closely at home with its subject.-

--R. George Thomas, New Welsh Review -[Francis's] portrait--complete with handsome, telling photographs--will surely lead readers back to Robert Frost's poetry with deepened understanding and with renewed appreciation.-

--Phoebe Pettingell, The New Leader -This book rings lovingly true.-

--George Monteiro, The Robert Frost Review

A literary family on the verge : Derry and Plymouthp. 11
The trip : the SS Parisianp. 33
Beaconsfield : "at a Christmas window"p. 42
London and the poetry bookshopp. 72
Scotland : in memory of Belle Moodiep. 84
Gloucestershire : "elected friends"p. 99
The children as journalists : the Bouquet and other writingsp. 118
The gallows and going home : "it grieved my soul"p. 150
War : "for children too"p. 163
Aftermath : "the tender grace of a day that is dead"p. 180
Robert and Elinor Frost family chronologyp. 197
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ISBN: 9780765808257
ISBN-10: 0765808250
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 30th September 2004
Publisher: TRANSACTION PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 14.58  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Type: Revised