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By Carl Rollyson

ISBN-10: 1442223944

ISBN-13: 9781442223943

The debatable American poet Amy Lowell (1874-1925), a founding member of the Imagist workforce that incorporated D. H. Lawrence and H. D., excelled because the impresario for the "new poetry" that turned information around the U. S. within the years after global struggle I. Maligned by means of T. S. Eliot because the "demon saleswoman" of poetry, and ridiculed through Ezra Pound, Lowell has been handled by means of 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 the various best love lyrics of the twentieth century and led a whole and loving lifestyles along with her consistent spouse, 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, eventually, is commencing to get pleasure from the contributions of gays and lesbians to American's cultural background. Drawing on newly stumbled on letters and papers, Rollyson's biography eventually provides this brilliant poet her due.

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How curious it is, however, that no biographer even wondered what intimacies could have inspired the poem, and why in “A Fixed Idea” the lover is a crushing burden, representing a heaviness that the poet seeks to overcome as Lowell did by banishing the wretched Elizabeth, whose love, perhaps, seemed too dependent, too smothering. A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass, for all its faults, is a courageous effort to explore a woman’s despair and an artist’s sensibility, to discover just what the world outside of Lowell’s native Brookline made of her desire to write.

Miss Amy Lowell was listed among those who “argued,” but what she said, alas, was not recorded. On May 4, Town and Country reported that Miss Amy Lowell was among the “Boston men and women of prominence who are moved to assist in the cause” of Mrs. Ballington Booth’s prison work. Not all of Lowell’s public activities were so conventional. At a party for the singer Lina Abarbanell (1879–1963) to celebrate Abarbanell’s OUT OF THE B ROOD ( 1 8 7 4–1 9 1 2 ) 27 appearance in the operetta The Merry Widow, 69 the guest of honor sang the songs of courtesans at Sevenels, and Boston society was affronted: “Several of the guests on departing told their hostess that they would not have come had they guessed what the entertainment was to be.

I never shall have any intimate friends. ” she lamented in her diary. ” But, alas, Polly, too, shied away from a “great rough masculine, strong thing like me,” Amy wrote. Amy could be wistful as well. ” Not yet sixteen, she wrote, “What I would not give to be a poet. Well day-dreams are daydreams. ” If not a poet, then perhaps she could be “Miss Amy Lowell, the leading photographist of to-day,” she dreamed in her diary. 21 In the main, though, she seemed to have entirely too much time to think about how lonely she was.

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