FROST, ROBERT. (1874-1963). American poet and four time Pulitzer Prizewinner, author of such beloved poems as “The Road Not Taken,” “Mending Wall” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” ALS. (“Robert Frost”). 2pp. 8vo. Franconia, September 17, 1929. To ARTHUR STANLEY PEASE (1881-1964), president of Amherst College from 1927-1932.
Autograph Letter Signed by Robert Frost, American Poet and Winner of Four Pulitzer Prizes, Author of Such Beloved Poems as “The Road Not Taken,” “Mending Wall” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
Signed by Robert Frost
“We had your friendly card. But it was late to do anything about it when we got here and now it is later. You will have already left the Presidential Range for the Presidential Harness. Well, Amherst, when all is going well, is a good place to meet in, and it won’t be long before we see you there. Our best regards to you and Mrs. Pease…”
One of America’s best loved poets of the 20th century, Frost is remembered for depicting rural life in his poetry. Although born in San Francisco, Frost had a deep association with New England, living, writing and teaching in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. It was for his 1923 volume New Hampshire that he won the first of his four Pulitzer Prizes and which contained perhaps his most beloved poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Our letter humorously mentions New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, part of the White Mountains.
Frost’s association with Amherst College began in 1916 when he was invited to give a poetry reading. For the rest of his life, at various times, he taught or held a professorship at the college, including from 1917-1920, 1923-1925, 1926-1938, and 1949-1963. From the late 1920s onward, however, Frost’s responsibilities did not include formal teaching but rather meeting with students and faculty and giving readings. The Letters of Robert Frost, volume 2, 1920-1928, edited by Sheehy et. al. includes a letter in which Frost thanks Pease for the “restatement of my position and especially for the gracious addition as to when I may put in my term of residence… I myself should be willing to put it that I am not hired to visit Amherst: I am allowed to and allowed $5000 a year if I will refrain from teaching classes while there.” Our letter is unpublished.
Written on a single folded sheet with some very slight age toning; otherwise boldly penned and in excellent condition.