As I began this book, I realized that I knew next to nothing about Robert Frost. I didn’t even know that he was an American poet – I just lumped him in with the likes of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. I pictured him far away in lovely England. The real Robert Frost was so far from this that my former idea is laughable.
Robert Frost’s full name was ‘Robert Lee Frost’ – he was named after Robert E. Lee, Confederate General. Growing up, he was heavily involved in the political process – he campaigned not only for Grover Cleveland’s presidency, but also for his own father to be elected on a local level. His mother, of Scottish heritage, instilled in Robert a deep love for words and, when Robert’s father died, she began teaching school where Robert attended and eventually graduated. Although he attended two different universities for different lengths of time, Robert never graduated from college and never attempted to work at a prestigious job. He preferred to stay at home and write poetry, teaching whenever he needed to supplement his income.
Although his poetry was not successful during the earlier years of his life, by the time of his death Robert was known and admired all across America and even in England. He died a man well-loved.
I love the old-fashioned style of all the Childhood of Famous Americans series, but reading this original edition of Robert Frost really sealed the deal. The wonderful vintage cover and best of all the additional activities included in the back were just gorgeous.
As a lover of poetry, I of course found this tale of Robert Frost’s life interesting, but I think it will also be of interest to all those interested in American history and the fantastic paths people’s lives can take.
Halloween is mentioned.
‘Gee’ is used twice.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret