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The Life of Robert Frost

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

In his new novel, Fall of Frost, Brian Hall fictionalizes Robert Frosts’s life, from his childhood in San Francisco to his late-life visit to Russia where he met with Krushchev.

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John P MacKenzie from Long Island City

i knew Frost personally and saw him frequently from 1949 until his death.
i don't claim extra-special knowledge, and many, many of the darker pieces of his life were vague to me then.
i fail to see the point of fictionalizing such a life, when factual study and analysis has such a rich realm to explore, as some authors have already demonstrated. i sense that the author has attempted to abuse "fair use" copyright rules by hanging extensive quotes from the poetry on this story. This has echoes of the J.D. Salinger fracas over the attempt to exploit the subject's gifts in the guise of exhibiting them.
Frost is a fascinating, complicated figure, to be sure. We knew that.

Apr. 16 2008 12:28 PM

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