February 22, 2017

Amy Lowell anew : a biography by Lowell, Amy; Lowell, Amy; Rollyson, Carl Edmund

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

The debatable American poet Amy Lowell (1874-1925), a founding member of the Imagist crew that integrated D. H. Lawrence and H. D., excelled because the impresario for the “new poetry” that grew to become information around the U. S. within the years after global warfare I. Maligned by means of T. S. Eliot because the “demon saleswoman” of poetry, and ridiculed by way of Ezra Pound, Lowell has been taken care of through prior 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 and hundreds for her electrifying performances.

In truth, Lowell wrote a number of the most interesting love lyrics of the 20th century and led a whole and loving existence along with her consistent spouse, 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, eventually, is commencing to delight in the contributions of gays and lesbians to American’s cultural background. Drawing on newly found letters and papers, Rollyson’s biography eventually provides this shiny poet her due.

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She loved the Tintoretto in the Accademia, which, she wrote to Anna, her brother Lawrence’s wife, “carries me off my feet,” and she boasted of learning to “gondle,” holding her own in a “booming gale” that resulted in sore muscles and blistered hands but also compliments. ” 29 OUT OF THE B ROOD ( 1 8 7 4–1 9 1 2 ) 15 By the spring of 1896, Amy returned home and was not happy. Damon attributes her downturn to her despair over the departed suitor and over her weight. Doctors advised what now looks like a lunatic idea: a trip down the Nile and a diet of tomatoes and asparagus.

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? Occasionally she dared to show her work to an encouraging friend. “You were one of the first people who told me that I could write,” Amy reminisced by letter to Annie Payson Call on January 22, 1920. ” The teenaged Amy, whatever her doubts about herself, still made a vivid impression.

Bessie had just returned from a two-month convalescent stay in England. Sick and sad, she had been too exhausted to write the Valentines sooner. ” This unpunctuated report reads like an outpouring of despair that Bessie could not bear to explain to the “two dear people” who had been such a source of support to her. Instead, she turns to them for advice about securing employment. A doctor advised her not to do settlement work for at least a year. ) and living at home was unaffordable. She hoped that Robert could find something for her to do in DC.

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