FROST, ROBERT

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FROST, ROBERT - ALS “I could take my wages out of them and throw the reading for you in extra”
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FROST, ROBERT - ALS “I could take my wages out of them and throw the reading for you in extra”

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FROST, ROBERT. (1874-1963). American poet and four time Pulitzer Prize winner; author of such beloved poems as The Road Not Taken, Mending Wall and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. ALS. (“Robert Frost”). 1p. Small 8vo. Amherst, December 3, 1923. To influential professor of literature and writer on American culture CORNELIUS WEYGANDT (1871-1957).

 

Of course read for you as loud and long as you can stand. I don’t want to charge you anything. Why don’t you get me a lecture for the next day at that school that was after me a year ago? I could take my wages out of them and throw the reading for you in extra. The date is manageable…Trust you like the book I sent…”

 

Although born and raised in San Francisco, Frost had a deep association with New England, living and writing variously in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. In the year of our letter, he published his Selected Poemsand New Hampshire, the latter volume winning him the first of four Pulitzer Prizes the following year. It was also in 1923 that he returned for a two-year teaching stint at Amherst, whence our letter was written.

 

Weygandt was a professor of English literature at the University of Pennsylvania from 1897 to 1952 and had special interests in poetry, especially that of the Celtic Revival, and the influence of German colonial culture on the modern provincialism of Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, a topic on which he wrote and published at length. In 1928, Weygandt published his lectures in a volume entitled Tuesdays at Ten: A Gathering from the Talks of Thirty Years on Poets, Dramatists, and Essayists. He spent his summers at his seasonal home in North Sandwich, New Hampshire, near the community of Wonalancet, a short distance northwest of Frost’s home.

 

Folded and fine; with the original envelope.

 

Item #20108

 


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