By Carl Rollyson
The debatable American poet Amy Lowell (1874-1925), a founding member of the Imagist crew that incorporated D. H. Lawrence and H. D., excelled because the impresario for the "new poetry" that grew to become information around the U. S. within the years after global warfare I. Maligned via T. S. Eliot because the "demon saleswoman" of poetry, and ridiculed by way of Ezra Pound, Lowell has been handled by means of prior biographers as an overweight, sex-starved, inferior poet who smoked cigars and made a spectacle of herself, canvassing the rustic on lecture excursions that drew crowds within the hundreds and hundreds for her electrifying performances.
In truth, Lowell wrote the various most interesting love lyrics of the twentieth century and led an entire and loving existence together with her consistent spouse, the retired actress Ada Russell. She used to be presented the Pulitzer Prize posthumously in 1926. This provocative new biography, the 1st in 40 years, restores Amy Lowell to her complete humanity in an period that, ultimately, is commencing to take pleasure in the contributions of gays and lesbians to American's cultural history. Drawing on newly came upon letters and papers, Rollyson's biography ultimately offers this vivid poet her due.
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Bessie had become such a fixture at Sevenels that Amy felt obliged to tell the Valentines when Bessie was spending a few nights away with her family. Lowell told the Valentines many times that she loved them. ” Bessie had just returned from a two-month convalescent stay in England. Sick and sad, she had been too exhausted to write the Valentines sooner. ” This unpunctuated report reads like an outpouring of despair that Bessie could not bear to explain to the “two dear people” who had been such a source of support to her.
The appalling record of his persecution of homosexuals at Harvard hardly suited him to be Amy’s confidant, although whether she knew about the “secret court” he established in 1920 to purge the undergraduate body of a group of gay students has not been determined. 53 Robert Valentine apparently welcomed Lowell and Seccombe into his company without a qualm. ” When Valentine became seriously ill, an alarmed Lowell cautioned him, “But you must not hurry. ” 57 The Valentines welcomed Amy and Bessie, who sent gifts in both their names to the newlyweds.
Ballington Booth’s prison work. Not all of Lowell’s public activities were so conventional. At a party for the singer Lina Abarbanell (1879–1963) to celebrate Abarbanell’s OUT OF THE B ROOD ( 1 8 7 4–1 9 1 2 ) 27 appearance in the operetta The Merry Widow, 69 the guest of honor sang the songs of courtesans at Sevenels, and Boston society was affronted: “Several of the guests on departing told their hostess that they would not have come had they guessed what the entertainment was to be. ” 71 Abarbanell apparently visited Sevenels on several occasions, and it has been said that Amy had a “crush” on her.