Robert Frost

American, 1874 - 1963

Robert Frost is perhaps the most widely-read and respected American poet of the twentieth century. His poetry is intrinsically connected with rural New England, but he was in fact born in San Francisco; his family moved to Massachusetts when he was eleven. After attending, but not graduating from, Dartmouth and Harvard, he taught at Pinkerton Academy, Plymouth State University, Amherst College, and the Bread Loaf School. He published his first poem in 1894, the beginning of an illustrious career that included four Pulitzer Prizes, two terms as Poet laureate of Vermont, and three dozen published books. His influence continues to reverberate through poetry and prose throughout America.