Frost manuscript up for auction

A copy of Robert Frost’s renowned poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” written in the poet’s own hand will be auctioned next week by a New York–based dealer.

The “fair copy” of the poem, as such artifacts are known, is not the original manuscript but nonetheless quite rare, according to David Lowenherz, president of Lion Heart Autographs, the dealership handling the auction.

Frost wrote the poem — in which the speaker pauses to marvel at “lovely, dark, and deep” woods before reminding himself that he has “miles to go before I sleep” — in a flash of inspiration one summer morning in 1922 at his home in Shaftsbury, now the Robert Frost Stone House Museum at Bennington College. The work was published the following year as part of the poet’s Pulitzer Prize–winning collection “New Hampshire.” Read more…