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Robert Frost Books

Robert Frost, North of Boston (1914)

Frost's second collection of poetry is the one that made him famous and that established him as a major new voice. The book was first published in England, where Frost had moved to immerse himself in writing (rather successfully, we'd say!). It contains the poems "Mending Wall," "Death of the Hired Man," and "After Apple Picking."

Robert Frost, Mountain Interval (1916)

This poetry collection was written in the early years of Frost's fame. It includes "The Road Not Taken," arguably Frost's most famous work. Though it has been appropriated as an anthem of individualism, the poem is actually about how insignificant such choices can be. As Frost said, "You have to be careful of that one; it's a tricky poem—very tricky."_CITATION39_

Robert Frost, New Hampshire: A Poem With Notes and Grace Notes (1922)

This poetry collection earned Frost his first of four Pulitzer Prizes. It contains the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," one of his best-known works (and Frost's personal favorite of his poems). Frost's award was one of the first Pulitzers ever given for poetry—the first was awarded in 1920.

Robert Frost, "The Gift Outright" (1961)

This is the poem Frost famously recited off the cuff at Kennedy's inauguration, when weather made it impossible to read the one he composed for the occasion. "The Gift Outright" is a poetic history of America, beginning: "The land was ours before we were the land's." Frost called the sixteen-line poem "a history of the United States in a dozen lines of blank verse."_CITATION40_

Jay Parini, Robert Frost: A Life (2000)

Biographer Parini spent two decades interviewing Frost's family and friends and combing through his papers. This book is the result. It is an excellent look at the impressive career and painful personal life of one of America's most influential poets.

Brian Hall, Fall of Frost (2008)

Fall of Frost is a biographical novel that imagines the parts of the poet's life that biographers have left in the dark. For one, Hall invents origins for Frost's poems. Interestingly, though Frost's poetry is at the center of the plot, the Frost estate refused to allow Hall to quote from copyrighted poems.

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