Close Reading: Lowell Studies

08.20.2019 - By The LRB Podcast

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In the concluding episode of their acclaimed series, Seamus Perry and Mark Ford confront Robert Lowell: the Boston Brahmin for whom poetry trumped every other consideration, and whose Cold War ‘confessionalism’ came to exemplify a generation of Americans’ collective trauma; the poet who changed everything, but whose star has somehow fallen. But, Perry and Ford conclude, it will – like this podcast, we hope – rise again.
Articles mentioned in this episode:
Karl Miller on some names for Robert Lowell (1983):
John Bayley on Lowellship (1987):
Michael Hofmann: Read Robert Lowell! (2003):
Frank Kermode on Lowell's letters (2005):
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