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Willard Spiegelman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368130

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.001.0001

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“Naked without My Line-Ends”

“Naked without My Line-Ends”

Robert Lowell in His Letters (2006)

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Willard Spiegelman

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the letters and correspondence of American poet Robert Lowell. It suggests that though Lowell was not very comfortable with the medium of letter writing, the tone of his letters was always at least assured and more often assertive with an undertone of competitiveness. The bulk of his letters reveal the heart of a man and the two things that occupied all of his energies: his sense of self and his work, separate but interchangeable.

Keywords:   Robert Lowell, American poet, letters, correspondence, letter writing, sense of self

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