By Carl Rollyson
The arguable American poet Amy Lowell (1874-1925), a founding member of the Imagist crew 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 international warfare I. Maligned by way of T. S. Eliot because the "demon saleswoman" of poetry, and ridiculed by way of Ezra Pound, Lowell has been taken care of through past 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 number of the most interesting love lyrics of the twentieth century and led an entire and loving lifestyles along with her consistent better half, the retired actress Ada Russell. She used to be presented 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 get pleasure from the contributions of gays and lesbians to American's cultural historical past. Drawing on newly came upon letters and papers, Rollyson's biography eventually provides this vivid poet her due.
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She had no illusions about her appeal, as her diaries reveal, although she yearned for a lover, who might at this point have been either male or female. In short, there is no evidence for supposing that Amy Lowell ever thought she was suited for a conventional life. ” 28 Amy seems to have been a popular debutante, but she was not romantically attached to anyone. Amy would later describe herself in the years between 1895 and 1902 as depressed and aimless—although they may have seemed more so in retrospect after she had discovered her life’s work.
Bessie did not succumb to despair. ” 63 As for Amy, no explicit evidence of her reaction to the breakup survives, save for Bessie’s single grief-stricken sentence. ” She apologizes for her behavior during an autumn visit to her and promises to do better. ” To Robert’s assurance that her life will be a success, she replies, “I don’t know why you think so as I have never made a success of anything. ” She urges him to come to her; a visit from him would be such a help to her, since “the work of reconstruction is not easy .
Above all, she believed the curriculum had become cluttered with too many courses that led to superficiality. She believed that modern education had contributed to a loss of individuality. Her remedy was aesthetic, clearly based on what her own father had taught her. ” By 1907, Amy Lowell’s name had become associated with certain social events and causes, although none that presaged her career as poet. On April 6, Town and Country reported: “Boston, forgetting all merriment during Holy Week, waxed jolly as soon as the penitential season was over.
Amy Lowell Anew: A Biography by Carl Rollyson