By Carl Rollyson

The arguable American poet Amy Lowell (1874-1925), a founding member of the Imagist staff that incorporated 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 battle I. Maligned via T. S. Eliot because the "demon saleswoman" of poetry, and ridiculed through Ezra Pound, Lowell has been handled via earlier 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 countless numbers for her electrifying performances.

In truth, Lowell wrote a few of the best love lyrics of the twentieth century and led an entire and loving lifestyles together with her consistent significant other, the retired actress Ada Russell. She used to be 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, ultimately, is starting to savor the contributions of gays and lesbians to American's cultural history. Drawing on newly stumbled on letters and papers, Rollyson's biography ultimately offers this brilliant poet her due.

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I wish that she would lose a boot button in school. ” 8 CHA P TE R 1 If Amy did not receive the higher education her brothers benefited from, she was hardly deprived of much, judging by her notebooks, which include outlines of the writings of Oliver Goldsmith, Thomas Gray, and Robert Burns, as well as notes on Julius Caesar, eighteenthcentury essays, and John Ruskin. She read histories of Rome, England, France, and Spain; she took notes on the writing of Erasmus and Thomas More. Topics for essays included: “inconvenience of horse-car strikes to the public, to the managers, to the strikers, to the families of strikers.

10 CHA P TE R 1 Riding horses may have been hazardous, but driving them was another matter. “I was practically brought up in a stable,” Lowell recalled, “since our old coachman was an ex-New Market jockey and knew more about horses than anybody I have ever seen, and my affection and love for them led me to spend all the hours that I was allowed out of the house in the stable . ” 20 Teenage Amy chafed at the restraints of her sex: “Wouldn’t it be delightful to be a man . . no dependence, go where you please, do what you please.

Slipped into the hall an instant before the eastern door closed, walking briskly along the aisle skirting the platform and lifting a little rope which marked the entrance to a group of reserved seats, ensconced herself with many a smile among elders of her family. The presence of this spark of youth in the audience of elderly persons occasioned no comment except among those who were new to the Lowell Lectures. These new comers marked the presence of one so young and so high spirited and became aware, as the lecture progressed, that she was a most attentive listener .

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