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The Collected Prose of Robert Frost

The Collected Prose of Robert Frost

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During his lifetime, Robert Frost notoriously resisted collecting his prose--going so far as to halt the publication of one prepared compilation and to "lose" the transcripts of the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures he delivered at Harvard in 1936. But for all his qualms, Frost conceded to his son that "you can say a lot in prose that verse won't let you say," and that the prose he had written had in fact "made good competition for his] verse." This volume, the first critical edition of Robert Frost's prose, allows readers and scholars to appreciate the great American author's forays beyond poetry, and to discover in the prose that he did make public--in newspapers, magazines, journals, speeches, and books--the wit, force, and grace that made his poetry famous.

The Collected Prose of Robert Frost offers an extensive and illuminating body of work, ranging from juvenilia--Frost's contributions to his high school Bulletin--to the charming "chicken stories" he wrote as a young family man for The Eastern Poultryman and Farm Poultry, to such famous essays as "The Figure a Poem Makes" and the speeches and contributions to magazines solicited when he had become the Grand Old Man of American letters. Gathered, annotated, and cross-referenced by Mark Richardson, the collection is based on extensive work in archives of Frost's manuscripts. It provides detailed notes on the author's habits of composition and on important textual issues and includes much previously unpublished material. It is a book of boundless appeal and importance, one that should find a home on the bookshelf of anyone interested in Frost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674034679
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mark Richardson is Professor of English at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

Table of Contents



1. Articles and Editorials from the Lawrence, Massachusetts, High School Bulletin (1891-92)

[Five Unsigned Editorials (September 1891)]

[Two Unsigned Editorials (October 1891)]

[Three Unsigned Editorials (November 1891)]

Petra and Its Surroundings (December 1891)

Physical Culture (December 1891)

The Charter Oak at Hartford (December 1891)

M. Bonner, Deceased (December 1891)

[Three Unsigned Editorials (December 1891)]

L.H.S.D.U. Unofficial Report (December 1891)

[Four Editorials (May 1892)]

A Monument to After-Thought Unveiled (June 1892)

2. [The American About and Abroad (1895)]

3. [Children's Stories]

4. Stories for Eastern Poultryman and Farm-Poultry 1903-1905

Trap Nests (February 1903)

A Just Judge (March 1903)

A Start in the Fancy (July 1903)

The Question of a Feather (July 15, 1903)

Old Welch Goes to the Show (August 15, 1903)

The Original and Only (September 1, 1903)

Three Phases of the Poultry Industry (December 15, 1903)

The Cockerel Buying Habit (February 1, 1904)

"The Same Thing Over and Over" (March 1, 1904)

The Universal Chicken Feed (April 1, 1904)

Dalkins' Little Indulgence: A Christmas Story (December 15, 1905)

5. Three Articles Associated with Pinkerton Academy (1906-1910)

[Article for the Pinkerton Academy Catalogue (1906-07)]

[Drama at Pinkerton: A Series of Entertainments for the Benefit of the Academy Critic (1910)]

[Description of English Curriculum, Pinkerton Academy Catalogue (1919-11)]

6. [Remarks on Form in Poetry (1919)]

7. [Address before the Amherst Alumni Council (1919)]

8. [Address in Memory of J. Warner Fobes (December 1, 1920)]

9. [Some Definitions by Robert Frost (1923)]

10. [Preface to Memoirs of the Notorious Stephen Burroughs (1924)]

11. The Poetry of Amy Lowell (1925)

12. [Marion Leroy Burton and Education (1925)]

13. [Introduction to The Arts Anthology of Dartmouth Verse 1925]

14. [Poet—One of the Truest (1928)]

15. [Introduction to The Cow's in the Corn (1929)]

16. [Preface to A Way Out (1929)]

17. [Address at the Dedication of the Davison Memorial Library (1930)]

18. Education by Poetry: A Meditative Monologue (1931)

19. [Autobiographical Sketch (1933)]

20. [Comment on "Birches" (1933)]

21. ["Letter" to The Amherst Student (1935)]

22. [Introduction to King Jasper (1935)

23. [Contribution to Books We Like (1936)]

24. [Introduction to Sarah Cleghorn's Threescore (1936)]

25. [Contribution to The Stag at Ease (1938)]

26. [Letter to the Editor of New Hampshire: A Guide (1938)]

27. The Doctrine of Excursions (1939)

28. The Figure a Poem Makes (1939)

29. [Remarks Accepting the Gold Medal of the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1939)]

30. The Last Refinement of Subject Matter: Vocal Imagination (1941?)

31. [Preface to a Selection of His Poems (1942)]

32. [Notes on "The Divine Right of Kings" (1943?)]

33. [Contribution to 25th Anniversary Bread Loaf Booklet (1944)]

34. The Four Beliefs (1944)

35. [Preface to "The Death of the Hired Man" (1945)]

36. The Constant Symbol (1946)

37. Speaking of Loyalty (1948)

38. [Preface to "A Masque of Mercy" (1947)]

39. A Romantic Chasm (1948)

40. [Unpublished Contribution to Understanding Poetry (1950)]

41. [Letter to the American Booksellers' Association (1950)]

42. [Contribution to The World's Best (1950)]

43. [Poetry and School (1951)]

44. [Unfinished Preface to an Unpublished Collection of Poems by Hervey Allen (1951?)]

45. [Contribution to Tufts Weekly (1952)]

46. The Hear-Say Ballad (1953)

47. The Prerequisites (1954)

48. [Message to the Poets of Japan (1954)]

49. [Caveat Poeta (1955?)]

50. [Perfect Day—A Day of Prowess (1956)]

51. [Message to the Poets of Korea (1957)]

52. Maturity No Object (1957)

53. [Preface to A Swinger of Birches, by Sidney Cox (First Version and Published Version, 1957)]

54. [Contribution to Esquire's Symposium on "What Worries You Most about America Today?" (1958)]

55. Merrill Moore (1958)

56. [Statement of Robert Frost in the Case of the United States of America Versus Ezra Pound (1958)]

57. [Remarks on Being Appointed Consultant to the Library of Congress (1958?)]

58. The Way There (1958?)

59. [Preface to an Expanded Edition of North of Boston (1958?)]

60. [Letter to the Editor of Poetry (1958)]

61. Dorothy Canfield (1958)

62. [List of Five Favorite Books (1958)]

63. [On Emerson (1959)]

64. The Future of Man (1959)

65. The Future of Man (Unpublished Version [1959])

66. [Talk and Reading, 25th Anniversary Dinner of the Academy of American Poets (1959)]

67. [A Poet's Boyhood (1960)]

68. ["A New England Tribute" (1961)]

69. [Shakespeare Festival of Washington (1961)]

70. [Tribute to Ernest Hemingway (1961)]

71. [Comments on "Choose Something Like a Star" (1962)]

72. [Tribute to William Faulkner (1962)]

73. [Comments on "The Cold War Is Being Won" (1962)]

74. [Statement Concerning the Beginning of His Career (1963)]

75. [Press Release on Being Awarded the Bollingen Prize (1963)]

76. [Statement Written for the 53rd Annual Dinner of the Poetry Society of America (January 17, 1963)]

Editorial Principles


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What People are Saying About This

Jonathan Levin

A major contribution to the field, The Collected Prose of Robert Frost is a first-rate work of editorial scholarship, that gains from the editor's comprehensive and intimate familiarity with Frost's life and work, as well as with the vast secondary literature on both. The textual notes provide the best and in many cases, only available account of the textual history of Frost's prose. This volume will fill an important need for anyone interested in Frost's poetry and prose.

Jonathan Levin, author of The Poetics of Transition: Emerson, Pragmatism, and American Literary Modernism

David Cowart

As a near-comprehensive, definitive, and convenient edition of Frost's prose, The Collected Prose of Robert Frost is an invaluable tool. Its critical introduction and notes are superb--graceful, perspicacious, focused, discriminating, and deeply informed. This edition offers accurate texts and more of Frost's prose than has been gathered elsewhere. It will be definitive.
David Cowart, University of South Carolina

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