Robert Frost. Photo: Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer

For a half-century since his death, Robert Frost’s reputation has suffered greatly from the distorted portrait Lawrance Thompson presented in his multi-volume biography of the late 1960s. Thompson’s biography led Helen Vendler in 1970 to describe Frost as “a monster of egotism” who had left “a wake of destroyed human lives.” Because of their unique detail on the poet’s life, Thompson’s biography and his Selected Letters of Frost...

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