Lowell's charismatic personality, compelling poetry, and literary fame attracted lovers and friends who were both frightened and excited by his aura of brilliance and danger. He loved the idea of falling in love, and in his recurring manic episodes he needed women at the center of his emotional and artistic life.
Robert Lowell in Love #ad - Though he idealized his loves and encouraged their talents, his frenetic affairs and tortured marriages were always conducted on his own terms. Robert lowell in love tells the story of the poet in the grip of love and gives voice to the women who loved him, inspired his poetry, and suffered along with him.
. Robert lowell was known not only as a great poet but also as a writer whose devotion to his art came at a tremendous personal cost. Each affair became an intense dramatic episode.
The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their CircleFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Centered on the letters they exchanged with each other and with other members of their circle—writers, including Elizabeth Bishop, but late, intellectuals, and Adrienne Rich—the book has the narrative sweep of a novel, telling the story of the dramatic breakup of their twenty-one-year marriage and their extraordinary, Mary McCarthy, and publishers, Caroline Blackwood, friends, reconciliation.
Lowell’s controversial sonnet-sequence the dolphin for which he used hardwick’s letters as a source and his last book, Day by Day, were written during this period, as were Hardwick’s influential books Seduction and Betrayal: Essays on Women in Literature and Sleepless Nights: A Novel. The crisis of lowell’s the dolphin was profoundly affecting to everyone surrounding him, and Bishop’s warning to Lowell—“art just isn’t worth that much”—haunts.
The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle #ad - . The correspondence between one of the most famous couples of twentieth-century literatureThe Dolphin Letters offers an unprecedented portrait of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick during the last seven years of Lowell’s life 1970 to 1977, a time of personal crisis and creative innovation for both writers.
Lowell and hardwick are acutely intelligent observers of marriages, children, and friends, and of the feelings that their personal crises gave rise to. The dolphin letters, what moral and artistic license artists have to make use of their lives as material, is a debate about the limits of art—what occasions a work of art, masterfully edited by Saskia Hamilton, what formal innovations such debates give rise to.
Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and CharacterVintage #ad - Here Dr. A bold, sympathetic account of a poet who was—both despite and because of mental illness—a passionate, original observer of the human condition. Kay redfield jamison brings her expertise in mood disorders to bear on Lowell’s story, depression, illuminating not only the relationships between mania, and creativity but also how Lowell’s illness and treatment influenced his work and often became its subject.
In his poetry, lowell put his manic-depressive illness now known as bipolar disorder into the public domain, and in the process created a new and arresting language for madness. A pulitzer prize finalist in this magisterial study of the relationship between illness and art, the best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind brings a fresh perspective to the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Lowell.
With Robert Lowell and His CircleNortheastern University Press #ad - Thus began a relationship with the famous poet and his circle that would last to the end of his life in 1977 and beyond. Part memoir, his private world, part loose collection of anecdotes, hers is an intimate portrait of the often suffering Lowell, artistic considerations, the great and near great artists he attracted, his teaching methods, and soulful yet clear-eyed reminiscences of a lost time and place, and the significant legacy he left to his students.
Spivack presents a lovingly rendered story of her time among some of the most esteemed artists of a generation. This is a beautifully written portrait of friends who loved and lived words, and made great beauty together. She looks at friendships, despair, addiction, perseverance and survival, and how social changes altered lives and circumstances.
With Robert Lowell and His Circle #ad - Through the story of a youthful artist finding her poetic voice among literary giants, Spivack thoughtfully considers how poets work. In 1959 kathleen spivack won a fellowship to study at Boston University with Robert Lowell. A touching and deeply revealing look into the lives and thoughts of some of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, students, and thoughtful literary readers, With Robert Lowell and His Circle will appeal to writers, as well as to scholars.
Her fellow students were Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, among others.
Robert Lowell: A BiographyFaber & Faber #ad - But in this superb biography first published in 1982 the poet Ian Hamilton illuminates both the life and the work of Lowell with sympathetic understanding and consummate narrative skill. He held strong, complex and very public political views. The critical prose, in particular, still sets a standard that nobody else comes near.
Clive James. His private life was turbulent, marred by manic depression and troubled marriages. Born in 1917 into an aristocratic boston family Robert Lowell was not yet thirty when his first major collection of poems, Lord Weary's Castle, won the Pulitzer Prize. With life studies, he found the intense, his third book, highly personal voice that made him the foremost American poet of his generation.
Robert Lowell: A Biography #ad - Our one consolation for Ian Hamilton's early death is that his work seems to have lived on with undiminished force.
The Dolphin: Two Versions, 1972-1973Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - This new edition, which follows the 1973 edition, includes scans of the pages of Lowell’s original manuscript, giving us a look into the brilliant and complicated mind of one of our most beloved and distinguished poets. This book, half fiction, an eelnet made by man for the eel fightingmy eyes have seen what my hand did.
Winner of the 1974 pulitzer prize in poetry, the dolphin was controversial from the beginning: many of the poems include the letters that Robert Lowell’s wife, the celebrated writer and critic Elizabeth Hardwick, wrote to him after he left her for the English socialite and writer Caroline Blackwood.
The Dolphin: Two Versions, 1972-1973 #ad - He was warned by many, among them Elizabeth Bishop, that “art just isn’t worth that much. Nevertheless, these poems are a powerful document of an impulsive love, and a moving record of Lowell’s change from one life and marriage in America to a new life on new terms with a new family in England, rendered with the stunning technical power and control for which he was so celebrated.
I have sat and listened to too manywords of the collaborating muse, and plotted perhaps too freely with my life, not avoiding injury to others, not avoiding injury to myself—to ask compassion .
Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert LowellFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Bishop said that conversation with lowell left her feeling "picked up again to the proper table-land of poetry, " and she once begged him, "Please never stop writing me letters—they always manage to make me feel like my higher self I've been re-reading Emerson for several days. Neither ever stopped writing letters, from their first meeting in 1947 when both were young, newly launched poets until Lowell's death in 1977.
The substantial, its wealth of literary history, and its delicious literary gossip, revealing—and often very funny—interchange that they produced stands as a remarkable collective achievement, its incisive snapshots and portraits of people and places, notable for its sustained conversational brilliance of style, as well as for the window it opens into the unfolding human and artistic drama of two of America's most beloved and influential poets.
Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell #ad - Robert lowell once remarked in a letter to Elizabeth Bishop that "you have always been my favorite poet and favorite friend. The feeling was mutual.
The Wounded Surgeon: Confessions and Transformations in Six American Poets: Confession and Transformation in Six American PoetsW. W. Norton & Company #ad - An ideal introduction for readers coming to these major American poets for the first time, it will also help veteran readers to appreciate their work in a new light. One of the most promising young poet-critics in America" Los Angeles Times examines a revolutionary generation of poets. Robert lowell, sylvia plath, elizabeth bishop, Randall Jarrell, John Berryman, and Delmore Schwartz formed one of the great constellations of talent in American literature.
Their daring work helped to inspire the popular style of poetry now known as "confessional. But partly as a result of their openness, alcoholism, they have become better known for their tumultuous lives—afflicted by mental illness, and suicide—than for their work. In the decades after world war iI, they changed American poetry forever by putting themselves at risk in their poems in a new and provocative way.
The Wounded Surgeon: Confessions and Transformations in Six American Poets: Confession and Transformation in Six American Poets #ad - This book reclaims their achievement by offering critical "biographies of the poetry"—tracing the development of each poet's work, exploring their major themes and techniques, and examining how they transformed life into art.
Poets in Their Youth: A MemoirFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Simpson's recollections are so tender, her narrative so generous, as Lowell succumbs to a manic episode, it is almost possible to imagine the story has a different ending—even as Schwartz's marriage crumbles, as her own relationship with Berryman buckles under the strain of his drinking, his infidelity, his depression.
Everyone stayed up late arguing about poetry. Poets in their youth is a portrait of their marriage, in a particular place, yes, but it is also a portrait of a group of spectacularly intelligent friends at a particular time, all aflame with literature. Filled with winning anecdotes and moments of startling poignancy, Simpson's now classic memoir shows some of the most brilliant literary minds of the second half of the twentieth century at their brightest and most achingly human.
Poets in Their Youth: A Memoir #ad - Berryman alternately wrote and despaired of writing. Blackmur and his wife, Helen. Rounding out their circle of intimates were other struggling poets like Randall Jarrell and Delmore Schwartz. In 1942, eileen simpson—then Eileen Mulligan—married John Berryman. Both were in their twenties; Eileen had just graduated from Hunter College and John had but one slim volume of poetry to his name.
P. They moved frequently—from new york to boston, then Princeton—chasing jobs, living simply, relying on the hospitality of more successful friends like Robert Lowell and Jean Stafford, or R.
Sleepless Nights New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - An inspired fusion of fact and invention, this beautifully realized, hard-bitten, lyrical book is not only Elizabeth Hardwick’s finest fiction but one of the outstanding contributions to American literature of the last fifty years. In sleepless nights a woman looks back on her life—the parade of people, letters, portraits, reflections, the shifting background of place—and assembles a scrapbook of memories, wishes, and dreams.
Why Not Say What Happened?: A MemoirVintage #ad - It is also the story of her intense relationship with her formidably intelligent and complicated mother, the writer Caroline Blackwood. She takes us from the marchioness’s annual ball for her idol and old friend, clandeboye where the marchioness hopes to die, the poet robert Lowell; to working in Manhattan at Miramax Books for Harvey Weinstein and a trip with his brother, Bob, drafty, too-large English country houses with her mother and stepfather, to Maureen’s stately Irish home, the Queen Mother, to summers in Dufferin’s villa in Sardinia; through moves to carelessly furnished, to the Academy Awards; to her wedding at New York’s Rainbow Room and finally to a life with her daughter.
Ivana also has darker stories to tell including her own stints in rehab, and discovering, after her mother’s death, the secret Lady Caroline had successfully kept from her. Why not say what happened? introduces a dazzling new literary voice and the fascinating story of a tragic and remarkable family.
Why Not Say What Happened?: A Memoir #ad - A keen observer with an incisive eye, and no self-pity, lowell sets a wide range of scenes with a truly unexpected, introducing us to such eccentric figures as her maternal grandmother, Maureen, almost madcap cast of characters, a wicked sense of humor, the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava. An astonishing and at times outright comic memoir that marks the brilliant debut of a writer raised in a creative, bohemian household characterized by extreme privilege tinged with neglect.
Born into one of the most celebrated anglo-Irish families, the Guinnesses, Ivana Lowell tells a stunning story of coming to terms with her blue-blood heritage and her own childhood traumas.