Scott Donaldson

Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Poet's Life

This biography, seven years in research and writing, draws on a cache of 3,000 previously unavailable letters to tell the story of this great American poet.

"I'm very glad that Scott Donaldson has given us the first Edwin Arlington Robinson biography in forty years; it will send some readers back to enjoy again his humanity and formal ease, and get some others to meet him for the first time."
--Richard Wilbur, former Poet Laureate of the United States

"The best of Edwin Arlington Robinson's poetry rings with a lyrical and emotional purity and singularity… His reputation has suffered neglect in recent decades, but a new, clear, meticulous, and perceptive biography incorporating much previously unavailable material is certainly to be welcomed, and Scott Donaldson's Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Poet's Lifeshould help to revive appreciation for this solitary figure and the unique resonance of his work."
--W.S. Merwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.

Selected Works

"A captivating and intimate glimpse of the challenges and rewards of writing lives of novelists and poets."
--Publishers Weekly
Donaldson brings "to the narrative of Fenton's life and career the same effective blend of indefatigable archival skills and the gift of telling a compelling story in an engaging manner that he has displayed in his earlier work."
-Jackson R. Bryer, Hopkins Review
With this book "Donaldson continues to show himself as a beacon in American literary scholarship, a major voice with an awareness of the interconnectedness between biography and criticism."
-Joseph Fruscione, American Literary Scholarship 2009
"For too long Edwin Arlington Robinson has been consigned to the ranks of peripheral poets. Scott Donaldson -- a gifted biographer -- has brought this remarkable man and his poetry vividly to life."
--Jay Parini, poet/novelist/biographer
"...fresh, risky, talky, bold, and ultimately brilliant. We close [the book] deeply satisfied that we’ve read all there is to know about the men."
--Denise Gess, Raleigh News and Observer
"John Cheever: A Biography is clearly an indispensable book."
--Dan Cryer, Newsday
"A stunning portrait...full of intriguing insights."
--Publishers Weekly
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"An often illuminating and constantly fascinating mosaic of Ernest Hemingway's mind and personality."
--New York Times Book Review