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Finding-Aid for the Robert Lowell Collection (WTU00258)

Finding aid prepared by:
Special Collections Staff

Summary Information
Title: Robert Lowell. Collection,
Creator: Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977
Inclusive dates:
Extent: 1 item
Call number: WTU00258
Language: English
Repository: Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63130

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Robert Lowell studied under John Crowe Ransom during his college years at Kenyon College, where he received his undergraduate degree in 1940. He then took graduate courses at Louisiana State University where he studied with Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks. His first book of poetry was published when he was 28, Land of Unlikeness (1944). This was followed by Lord Weary’s Castle , for which he received the Pulitzer prize at age thirty. In addition to altercation with the law during the Second World War (he was a vocal conscientious objector), Lowell also suffered throughout his life from crippling bouts with depression. Partly in response to martial problems and his increasingly erratic behavior, Lowell’s style changed radically in the late 1950s, culminating in what is considered by many to be one of the most important volumes of American verse in the second half of the twentieth century: Life Studies (1959). Before his untimely death, he served as the Chancellor of the Academy of American poets.

Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

n.d. For Marshal Bean, autograph poem signed, by Robert Lowell. Inscribed to Marshal Bean "hoping your days will be as healing and painless as possible."

Subject Terms

  • Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977