Life Studies

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Collection of poetry and prose by Robert Lowell, published in 1959.

Divided into four parts, the volume opens with a section whose religious and social themes develop from Lowell's earlier works. Part Two contains prose recollections of family and youth, set forth in an ironically level tone. Part Three invokes four authors—Ford Madox Ford, Santayana, Delmore Schwartz, and Hart Crane—whose experiences and writings affect Lowell. Part Four, which gives the book its title, opens with recollections in poetic form of the author's family and his childhood, and concludes with four poems about Lowell's mature experiences of marriage, imprisonment for conscientious objection to service in World War II, and hospitalization for mental problems.

Subjects: Literature.

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Robert Lowell (1917—1977) American poet

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