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By Lowell, Amy; Lowell, Amy; Rollyson, Carl Edmund

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ISBN-13: 9781442223929

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The arguable American poet Amy Lowell (1874-1925), a founding member of the Imagist workforce that incorporated D. H. Lawrence and H. D., excelled because the impresario for the “new poetry” that turned information around the U. S. within the years after global battle I. Maligned via T. S. Eliot because the “demon saleswoman” of poetry, and ridiculed via Ezra Pound, Lowell has been taken care of through past biographers as an overweight, sex-starved, inferior poet who smoked cigars and made a spectacle of herself, canvassing the rustic on lecture excursions that drew crowds within the hundreds of thousands for her electrifying performances.

In truth, Lowell wrote a number of the best love lyrics of the 20th century and led an entire and loving existence along with her consistent better half, the retired actress Ada Russell. She was once provided the Pulitzer Prize posthumously in 1926. This provocative new biography, the 1st in 40 years, restores Amy Lowell to her complete humanity in an period that, finally, is starting to savour the contributions of gays and lesbians to American’s cultural history. Drawing on newly came across letters and papers, Rollyson’s biography eventually offers this shiny poet her due.

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24 Such descriptions do not indicate that Amy was already self-conscious about her weight. She hated shopping and trying on clothes. She described slim Mr. Hubbard at dancing school as looking like he was made out of cardboard. She wanted to hit him to see if he would fall over. ” The robust Amy loved to play baseball and tennis and was good at both. When she fell in love with a boy, Paul Hamlin, she thought herself a fool. ” Paul was “walking out” with Mabel, and Amy continued to moon over the unresponsive Polly, while also trying her hand at writing a play.

In January, he described a Venetian channel with “gorgeous dashes of color mirroring themselves in wavy splashes of carmine, and gold in the faintly heaving water,” a passage sure to appeal to a sister so sensitive to imagery. ” Percival had precisely the poetic sensibility that Leigh Hunt had extolled. Brother was showing sister what could be made of the world. ” Percival’s letters made a positive difference—at least it seemed so to him when he learned Amy was doing better in dancing class. ” The period between 1891 and 1895, however, is largely a blank.

Hunt expatiated on collaboration between poet and reader that Lowell would make palpable in her public performances. But at sixteen now in her final year of schooling, Amy hardly knew how she could begin to write so as to impress the world. By her own account, she wrote no poetry between the ages of sixteen and twentyeight, years that she presented as a blank in so far as her writing was concerned. 23 She could not conceive of an audience for her writing— that would come later. To whom could she confide her literary ambition, when her contemporaries hardly noticed her, and she herself did not feel worthy of attention?

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