Biographies Robert Lowell (1917-1977)

Robert Lowell credit Phil MacMullan, Newsweek 1987

Robert Lowell was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1917 into one of Boston’s oldest and most prominent families. He is the author of seventeen poetry collections, including Lord Weary’s Castle (1946), Life Studies (1959), and Day by Day (1977). He has also written four plays, five books of prose, and has translated four additional books. Lowell’s honors include two Pulitzer Prizes, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award. From 1947-1948, he was the Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress and later, from 1962-1977, he was the Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. During World War II, Lowell was known for being very politically involved. He was a conscientious objector which resulted in five months imprisonment. Furthermore, he has taught at various schools and universities, including the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the University of Cincinnati, Boston University, Harvard University, and the New School for Social Research. Lowell has also been a writer-in-residence at Yale University. Robert Lowell died in 1977.

Audio Recordings with Robert Lowell

Selected Works at the Library of Congress