Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Period of Performance

7/1/2008 - 6/30/2009

Funding Totals

$50,400.00 (approved)
$50,400.00 (awarded)

Amy Lowell, American Poet, 1874-1925: A Biography

FAIN: FB-53571-08

Carl Rollyson
CUNY Research Foundation, Bernard Baruch College (New York, NY 10010-5585)

My project is a biography of Amy Lowell. Although she has been the subject of four full-length biographies, crucial aspects of her life and work have not been adequately explored. I will be drawing on the scholarly work of the last two decades to present a much more nuanced and complex portrait of the person and the poet. I plan to employ my extensive experience as a biographer not only to critique the work of previous biographers but also to explore Lowell's landmark contribution to literary biography in her monumental two-volume biography of John Keats. I have identified significant new primary sources that I will be integrating into a narrative of one of America's most important early twentieth century poets and critics.