Archive | January 2004: Robert Lowell Special Issue

The Real Robert Lowell? 

The Letters of Robert Lowell, edited by Saskia Hamilton. FSG, 852 pages. $40 By: Anthony Moore Robert Traill Spence Lowell IV (1917-1977) came into the world high on the social ladder. As the jingle first heard in the year he was born has it, there were only two rungs higher in Boston “where the Lowells […]

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Obsessed with Writing

Collected Poems of Robert Lowell. Edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2003. 1181 pages. $45. As Reviewed By: Anthony Moore I. Elizabeth Bishop’s grateful publicity blurb for Life Studies (1959) vividly measures the space Robert Lowell filled at that time. “Somehow or other, by fair means or foul, and in […]

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Passing Facts: Reviewing Lowell’s Reviewers

Collected Poems of Robert Lowell. Edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2003. 1181 pages. $45. As Reviewed By: Aaron Baker “The Return of Robert Lowell,” James Fenton titled his recent essay in The New York Review of Books, which invites the question-but where ever did Lowell go? Or, more problematically, […]

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Robert Lowell in Fourteen Lines

Collected Poems of Robert Lowell. Edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2003. 1181 pages. $45. As Reviewed By: Christopher Bakken In sundry moods, ‘twas pastime to be bound Within the Sonnet’s scanty plot of ground… -William Wordsworth More than a decade ago, over lunch with a mentor, I was discussing […]

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Tricks to Set the River On Fire: Feigned Eloquence in Lowell

Collected Poems of Robert Lowell. Edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2003. 1181 pages. $45. As Reviewed By: Sunil Iyengar I. When considering Lowell, it is customary to invoke his best critic, Randall Jarrell-a convention that may be forgiven, but not without qualms, since the latter poet did not survive […]

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The Interpres-sive Lowell

Collected Poems of Robert Lowell. Edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2003. 1181 pages. $45. As Reviewed By: James Rother Three years ago the Collected Poems everyone was talking about was J. D. McClatchy’s James Merrill; last year it was Czeslaw Milosz’s; and in 2003, the duple bounty of Paul […]

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