Amy Lowell Anew: A Biography by Carl Rollyson

By Carl Rollyson

The arguable American poet Amy Lowell (1874-1925), a founding member of the Imagist workforce that integrated D. H. Lawrence and H. D., excelled because the impresario for the "new poetry" that turned information around the U. S. within the years after global conflict I. Maligned by means of T. S. Eliot because the "demon saleswoman" of poetry, and ridiculed by way of Ezra Pound, Lowell has been handled by means of earlier 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 of thousands for her electrifying performances.

In truth, Lowell wrote many of the most interesting love lyrics of the 20 th century and led a whole and loving lifestyles along with her consistent significant other, the retired actress Ada Russell. She was once offered 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, eventually, is commencing to enjoy the contributions of gays and lesbians to American's cultural background. Drawing on newly found letters and papers, Rollyson's biography ultimately supplies this shiny poet her due.

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Outwardly, she gave every indication that she genuinely loved me—constantly showering me with kisses—and whenever we were out in public, she held my hand or put her arm around me or ran her fingers through my hair. It was all very confusing. When I was married to Denise I never worried about these things. She had married me when I had nothing, so her loyalty was unquestioned. But after I made my first million dollars, she must have had a dark premonition, and she asked me why I couldn’t get a normal job making a million dollars a year?

Mrs. ” Un-fucking-believable! Martha Stewart strikes again! All at once I realized that my erection had given the white silk comforter the appearance of a circus tent—shit! I elevated my knees with the speed of a jackrabbit. Gwynne walked over and placed the tray on the antique night table on the Duchess’s side of the bed. ” said Gwynne, and she leaned over and began dabbing the white towel on my forehead, as if I were an infant. Holy Christ! What a fucking circus this house was! I mean, here I was, lying flat on my back, with a raging hard-on, while my fiftyfive-year-old plumpish black maid, who was an anachronism from a bygone era, leaned over with her drooping jugs three inches from my face and wiped me with a five-hundred-dollar monogrammed Pratesi bath towel.

I asked with mock formality. “Oh, I’m fine . . ” Ahhhm fahyn . . Ahhhm fahyn! “Well, I see you’re over on your wife’s side of the bed, so I’ll just walk right on over there and bring you your iced coffee. I also brought a nice soft towel for you to wipe yourself with. Mrs. ” Un-fucking-believable! Martha Stewart strikes again! All at once I realized that my erection had given the white silk comforter the appearance of a circus tent—shit! I elevated my knees with the speed of a jackrabbit. Gwynne walked over and placed the tray on the antique night table on the Duchess’s side of the bed.

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