By Carl Rollyson
The arguable American poet Amy Lowell (1874-1925), a founding member of the Imagist team that incorporated D. H. Lawrence and H. D., excelled because the impresario for the "new poetry" that turned information around the U. S. within the years after international conflict I. Maligned by means of T. S. Eliot because the "demon saleswoman" of poetry, and ridiculed by way of Ezra Pound, Lowell has been handled via prior biographers as an overweight, sex-starved, inferior poet who smoked cigars and made a spectacle of herself, canvassing the rustic on lecture excursions that drew crowds within the hundreds of thousands for her electrifying performances.
In truth, Lowell wrote the various most interesting love lyrics of the twentieth century and led a whole and loving existence along with her consistent better half, the retired actress Ada Russell. She was once provided the Pulitzer Prize posthumously in 1926. This provocative new biography, the 1st in 40 years, restores Amy Lowell to her complete humanity in an period that, ultimately, is commencing to savor the contributions of gays and lesbians to American's cultural history. Drawing on newly came across letters and papers, Rollyson's biography ultimately offers this bright poet her due.
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Duse seemed to live for her characters, and her impact penetrated the psyches of many women who were also invigorated by Ibsen’s complex explorations of women’s lives. Sara Teasdale’s tribute to Duse evokes the actress’s subtle style: Oh would I were the roses, that lie against her hands, The heavy burning roses she touches as she stands! A delicate touch, a simple gesture, brought the actress and her characters into intimate contact with her audiences. The note of devotion in Teasdale’s lines can be heard in many of Amy Lowell’s love poems.
Barbara Higginson Wendall remembered that Amy never got up before noon, but she expected Barbara, fuming in a hotel room, to stick around until Amy was ready for an excursion. Wendall noted other peculiarities: Amy’s trunk packed with black cloth, pillows, thumbtacks, and wedges, which the poor maid used to hermetically seal up fireplaces, windows, doors—anything that would let in unwanted light or sound. Perhaps Amy was still suffering the aftereffects of her tomatoand-asparagus diet, which seemed to make her ultra-sensitive.
24 Such descriptions do not indicate that Amy was already self-conscious about her weight. She hated shopping and trying on clothes. She described slim Mr. Hubbard at dancing school as looking like he was made out of cardboard. She wanted to hit him to see if he would fall over. ” The robust Amy loved to play baseball and tennis and was good at both. When she fell in love with a boy, Paul Hamlin, she thought herself a fool. ” Paul was “walking out” with Mabel, and Amy continued to moon over the unresponsive Polly, while also trying her hand at writing a play.
Amy Lowell Anew: A Biography by Carl Rollyson