• Title: Robert Lowell: A Biography
  • Author: Ian Hamilton
  • ISBN: 9780394716466
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • Robert Lowell A Biography Born in 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 his third book
    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, his third book, he found the intense, highly personal voice that made him the foremost American poet of his generation He held strong, complex and very public political views His privateBorn 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, his third book, he found the intense, highly personal voice that made him the foremost American poet of his generation He held strong, complex and very public political views His private life was turbulent, marred by manic depression and troubled marriages 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 Our one consolation for Ian Hamilton s early death is that his work seems to have lived on with undiminished force The critical prose, in particular, still sets a standard that nobody else comes near Clive James

    One Reply to “Robert Lowell: A Biography”

    1. Hamilton has written a very interesting biography of a very complex poet. I hardly knew anything about Robert Lowell before reading this biography, having only read a handful of his poems and merely glanced through his famous "Life Studies." Although I wanted some more detail in places (I seem to always feel this way after reading a biography and perhaps it is an unfair critique), I think Hamilton has done a fine job of informing readers about the tumultuous life of Lowell ('Cal'). I found mysel [...]

    2. I read this because Nick Hornby liked it. In some ways, it was very interesting: Lowell lead an interesting life at an interesting time. I believe that what Nick may have liked about it was how intimate a biography this is. RL's life is very well documented in his abundant letters. For me there are two difficulties with this book: RL suffered from bipolar disorder and thus, was not terribly kind to some of those whom he loved (and he loved many) and the fact that I am not a poet, and find his po [...]

    3. This was a pretty big investment--500 pages on a poet I cannot stand, but I've wondered since my teens if I was missing something. This settled it. Well-written and comprehensive document of his life, but I'm glad to be putting it back on a shelf. Mine eyes hurt.

    4. Hamilton is somewhat notorious for his People Magazine approach to his various biographical subjects. This is not much different than his usual m.o. Gets the basic facts right, but nothing to write home about.

    5. It’s important to read about something you know absolutely bugger all about. This was one such case. A belter of a biography even to a layman about a poet I’d never heard of, and, on finishing the book, was glad I hadn’t.

    6. for a general sense. relies largely on letters, memoirs. hamilton spends his color on the poetry not the life.

    7. What a fascinating life! Like Kay Redfield Jamison's "An Unquiet Mind", a must-read for anyone interested in manic-depression and creative genius.

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