The answer lies with Lawrance Thompson. Thompson was one of Frost's most earnest disciples, and for years the poet, ever eager to shape his own image, allowed him a Boswellian intimacy. Unfortunately, Thompson came to despise his former mentor, and his exhaustively documented volumes portray Frost as a kind of solipsistic monster, in marked contrast to the awe with which he had previously been described. Parini, also a biographer of John Steinbeck, in a wave of perspective seeks a corrective to Thompson's bile. His writing is intelligent yet breathlessly generous, and he is at his best when considering the poems themselves. He rightly ascribes to Frost the innovation of the colloquial voice in serious verse--a legacy that appears immense today when so much contemporary poetry consists of little else. Frost's mastery lay in the freedom he found within conformity and the dark corners he discovered by probing, which contribute to a melancholic spirituality beyond the rusticity for which he is popularly celebrated. While Thompson's egg is cracked and dry, Parini prefers a softer boil, and his elegantly reverential tone is imbued with a perception that reminds readers how great a poet Frost remains. The clergyman who advised him at an early age that his verse was "too close to speech," and thus gave him his voice, deserves eternal gratitude. --David Vincent, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Mr. Parini does a fantastic job of capturing the spirit & soul of this great American writer. Well written and documented.Published 10 months ago by Dwane L. Starlin
It describes a whole new side of Frost that I wasn't aware of. It is more personal, and helped me understand him more as a person and author. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Frances N. Davidson
If you are a Frost fan you will soon become a Parini fan. The author's research seemed to be collected directly from the long deceased friends of Frost, the family of Frost, and... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Bobby Brandt
Parini is a fabulous biographer with a balanced story to tell. found it hard to put this down. Frost is a complicated person, but Parini does him justice here.Published on December 13, 2012 by Her Kind
It was a pleasure to read this intimately erudite biography of Robert Frost by Jay Parini. The author weaves biographical data with the poet's artistic development as if he, the... Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by RHF
This is an outstanding biography of Robert Frost, written by a professor at Middlebury College which is located not far from where Frost spent much of his life. Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by Norm
I didn't know much about the life of Robert Frost before I read this book. I needed some material about him to write a college research paper, and wasn't content with the ususal... Read morePublished on November 5, 2010 by catherine722