Research Programs: Public Scholars

Period of Performance

9/1/2020 - 8/31/2021

Funding Totals

$60,000.00 (approved)
$60,000.00 (awarded)

Love and Need: A Biographical Essay on the Life and Work of American Poet Robert Frost (1874-1963)

FAIN: FZ-272046-20

Adam Plunkett
Unaffiliated independent scholar

Writing resulting in a critical biography of American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963).  

'Love and Need: A Biographical Essay on the Life and Work of Robert Frost' will be a book of biography and criticism, a story and an essay. My goal is at once to introduce Frost to readers unfamiliar with him and to contribute original ideas and research to our collective understanding of him. Specialist readers of the book will be able to note its divergences from prior biography and criticism, and readers approaching Frost for the first time will encounter a different poet and person from the one they would otherwise find. 'Love and Need' will be half biography and half criticism, with the revisionist biographical sections of the book setting the scene for a novel interpretation of Frost's achievement as a poet--one that shows it to be at once subtler and more accessible, more original and more indebted to tradition, more intimate and more revealing than scholars and critics have shown.