Robert Lowell

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Robert Lowell: Memoirs, edited by Steven Gould Axelrod and Grzegorz Kosc – review
A collection of the poet’s stately prose from the 1950s reveals his shift into confessional writing and the bipolar disorder that led to hospitalisation and regrets

Declan Ryan

01, Aug, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Memoirs by Robert Lowell review – a poet’s life
A vivid account of childhood, depression and the postwar American literary scene, from the author of Life Studies

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty

27, Jul, 2022 @10:00 AM

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The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle, edited by Saskia Hamilton – review
This collection of correspondence between the critic and the poet as their marriage fell apart provides a riveting study of ethics and betrayal

Peter Conrad

29, Dec, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Dear Elizabeth review – poets bare their souls in a lyrical show
Jade Anouka and Jonjo O’Neill give first-rate performances reading the letters between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell

Michael Billington

23, Jan, 2019 @11:24 AM

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The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick review – sublime critical insights
Darryl Pinckney’s generous selection celebrates pitch-perfect prose and prescient opinions from a golden age in literary criticism

John Banville

05, Jan, 2018 @7:30 AM

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Poem of the week: Epilogue by Robert Lowell
Lowell casts a critical and concerned eye over the failures of poetry – but his masterful, free-ish verse answers the question of why the form matters at all

Carol Rumens

28, Aug, 2017 @9:00 AM

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Plath's letters probably won't harm Hughes's reputation | Rafia Zakaria
Bardic men behaving badly, from Lord Byron to Robert Lowell, are traditionally excused – while women poets are written off if they step out of line

Rafia Zakaria

12, Apr, 2017 @3:25 PM

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Robert Lowell at 100: why his poetry has never been more relevant
Lowell’s confessional work of the 1960s marked a sea change in American letters – then he fell out of favour. But on the eve of his centenary, his work offers an urgent political message in a time of Trump

Max Liu

01, Mar, 2017 @11:23 AM

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Reading American cities: books about Cincinnati
From the origins of Uncle Tom to the stories of revolutionary, radical women, Michael Griffith takes us on a tour of literary Cincinnati – including Toni Morrison, Edmund White and a drive to attract America’s best poets

Michael Griffith

06, Aug, 2015 @4:52 PM

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Poster poems: July
Bills Mills: From Wonderland to US independence to the first world war, July has been the poetic vehicle for a marvellous variety of themes – now it's your chance to sing the joys of summer

Billy Mills

13, Jul, 2012 @3:49 PM

Et cetera: non-fiction roundup – reviews
Out of Sight, Out of Mind by John Podmore, Historical Capitalism by Immanuel Wallerstein and The Company They Kept: Writers on Unforgettable Friendships edited by Robert B Silvers

Steven Poole

17, Feb, 2012 @10:55 PM

The Poets Laureate Anthology edited by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt – review
By Nicholas Wroe

Nicholas Wroe

29, Jan, 2011 @12:05 AM

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