Robert Frost is an American author born March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California. He is a Pulitzer Prize winning author. Notable poems include The Mending Wall and The Road Not Taken.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
– Robert Frost
Selected Poems by Robert Frost
Robert Frost Biography
Robert Frost is an American author born to William Prescott Frost, Jr., and Isabelle Moodie on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California. Frost’s father died on May 5, 1885 of tuberculosis. After this event, Frost moved to Massachusetts along with his mother and sister to live with his grandparents. His mother died of cancer in 1900.
Frost published his first poem My Butterfly. An Elegy in the November 8, 1894 edition of the New York Independent. He attended Harvard University from 1897 to 1899, but did not graduate due to illness.
He farmed on his grandfather’s farm for 9 years, until returning to New Hampshire’s Pinkerton Academy from 1906 to 1911. He then transferred to the school now known as Plymouth State University located in Plymouth, New Hampshire.
Frost married his wife Elinor Miriam White on December 19, 1895 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. They had six children.
Frost traveled to Great Britain in 1912. It was here where Frost published his poetry collections. He published A Boy’s Will in 1913 and North of Boston in 1914.
During World War I in 1915, Frost returned to America. He purchased his homestead in Franconia, New Hampshire where he focused primarily on writing and teaching. In 1940, he bought property in South Miami, Florida, naming it Pencil Pines, as a winter home.
In 1961, Frost was invited to recite a poem at the inauguration of president elect John F. Kennedy.
Frost was 88 years old when he died from complications following surgery on January 29, 1963 in Boston.
Robert Frost has won four Pulitzer prizes for his work:
- 1924 for New Hampshire: A Poem With Notes and Grace Notes
- 1931 for Collected Poems
- 1937 for A Further Range
- 1943 for A Witness Tree
Frost’s epitaph at his gravesite in Bennington Vermont reads a line from his poem, The Lesson for Today, published in 1942: “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.”
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