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This new critical volume offers a fresh, multifaceted assessment of Robert Frost's life and works. Nearly every aspect of the poet's career is treated: his interest in poetics and style; his role as a public figure; his deep fascination with science, psychology, and education; his peculiar and difficult relation to religion; his investments, as thinker and writer, in politics and war; the way he dealt with problems of mental illness that beset his sister and two of his children; and, finally, the complex geo-political contexts that inform some of his best poetry. Contributors include a number of influential scholars of Frost, but also such distinguished poets as Paul Muldoon, Dana Gioia, Mark Scott, and Jay Parini. Essays eschew jargon and employ highly readable prose, offering scholars, students, and general readers of Frost a broadly accessible reference and guide.
About the Author
Mark Richardson is Professor of English at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. He is the author of The Ordeal of Robert Frost (1997); co-editor, with Richard Poirier, of Robert Frost: Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays (1995); and editor of The Collected Prose of Robert Frost (2007). He is also co-editor of a forthcoming three-volume edition of Frost's letters.