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Melissa Homestead <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:39:46 +0000
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It's not a biography, but Melissa Bradshaw's book on Lowell, _Amy Lowell,
Diva Poet_, published by Ashgate, won the 2012 MLA award for a book by an
independent scholar and is well worth reading.

Melissa J. Homestead
Susan J. Rosowski Professor of English &
Program Faculty in Women's & Gender Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
202 Andrews Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0333

On 6/10/13 5:37 PM, "Becky Roorda" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Hi Diane,
>I'm so glad to hear of your ESS project. All the best with that, and I'll
>be eagerly looking forward to it.
>To the List,
>I hope I didn't give the wrong impression in my other post about
>Cather/Lowell. I said that they were "enemies"--and maybe that was too
>strong, and also it was a bit tongue-in-cheek. I don't have anything
>concrete to go on, except that they quite obviously had nothing to do
>with each other--that, and Cather turned down a 1910 submission of
>Lowell's at McClure's, and I can't imagine Lowell ever forgot it. Also,
>evidently Greenslet suggested to Cather that she write Lowell's biography
>(which comes under the category, "What was he thinking?!"), and Cather
>wrote in a 1928 letter to Mary Austin that she would just as soon think
>of writing a history of China as she would to write a biog of Amy Lowell.
>I've only seen a summary/paraphrase of that one on the Archives website,
>not the actual letter, but I'm thinking it must be a pip. I laughed out
>loud at just the summary.
>Lowell is another one who absolutely deserves a good modern biographer
>(her dates, 1874-1925). I fell in love with Amy when I read a 1935
>biography of her by S. Foster Damon--*Amy Lowell: A chronicle, with
>extracts from her correspondence.* I thought Damon's biography was very
>fair to her although somewhat hagiographic--but also very readable,
>considering it was 1935. He definitely lets her personality come
>through--and she's a wonder! When she was about five or six years old,
>the little school children used to shout at her on the playground, "Shut
>up, Amy Lowell!" and I don't think she ever did in her whole life--shut
>up, that is.  For anyone interested in Lowell, if you can find a copy of
>Damon, it's definitely worth the read (I found mine used at Amazon). One
>thing he said in the Introduction is that although he's been "frank about
>Miss Lowell," he was often "reticent about her opponents," probably
>because in 1935 many of those people were still living. There's a book
>  (2012, I think) called *Amy Lowell Among Her Contemporaries* by Carl
>Rollyson that I haven't yet seen.