With Robert Lowell and his circle : Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz, and others /

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Main Author: Spivack, Kathleen.
Format: Book
Published: Boston : Northeastern University Press, [2012]
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Table of Contents:
  • The "family"
  • Oberlin and Boston, 1958-1959
  • Early days in Boston; first impressions, January 1959
  • First meeting with Robert Lowell; Boston University, 1959
  • First classes at Boston University, 1959-1960
  • Sylvia Plath, 1959-1960
  • Robert Lowell's appearance
  • Lowell's way of teaching
  • Anne Sexton, 1959-1974
  • Later visits with Anne Sexton; Reflections on psychotherapy and sleep
  • Teatime with Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick
  • Literary Boston in the late '50s and '60s; social milieu, class, and the literary tradition
  • Significant other, 1959-1977
  • Adrienne Rich, 1960s
  • The two sets of classes; Boston University and Harvard, 1959-1977
  • Elizabeth Bishop and ping-pong, 1974-1979
  • Boston and its influence; Bishop and Lowell
  • Lowell's poet friends; Frank Bidart, Lord Gowrie, Bill Alfred
  • Stanley Kunitz, 1971-2006
  • Lowell and women; students, friends, and wives!
  • Young marriage in Somerville; a small apartment, a mad inventor, literary visitors, 1960-1977
  • He was ancient! He was over forty! (After office hours at Harvard)
  • The underside; "Madness" and the culture of nervous breakdowns
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Gender and suicide
  • A gifted young student; Peter Kaplan, 1963-1977
  • The "po biz"; submission, rejection, money
  • "Genius at work"; revision, presentation, contribution
  • Allen Ginsberg and Robert Lowell; two branches of American poetry
  • The "romantics" seminar, Harvard University, spring 1977
  • Final spring, 1977
  • Looking for Robert Lowell's grave, October 1977
  • Notes of a witness.