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Robert Lee Frost was born in San Francisco California on March 26 1874 and was the son of William Prescott Frost and Isabelle Moodie Frost After his father died in 1885 the family returned to Lawrence Massachusetts which was the home of Frosts grandparents There he grew up through his high school years After less than a year at Dartmouth College he left to work in textile mill and to marry Elinor White a high school classmate When his academic experience at Harvard disappointed him Frost returned to Lawrence and had a variety of jobs Finally he became a chicken farmer in Derry New Hampshire on property that he bought from his grandfather In 1912 Frost took his family to England hoping that the residence there would help advance his poetic career A British publisher accepted his first two volumes of verse A Boys Will 1913 and North of Boston 1914 Both were published in the United States in 1915 the year the Frost family returned him and settled on a farm in Franconia New Hampshire He then became a summer farmer and poet-teacher just like he was in Derry Except for brief periods at the University of Michigan and Harvard he spent his academic years 1916-1963 mainly at Amherst College Meanwhile as he was finishing the poem collection New Hampshire 1923 he decided that most of his living should be done in Vermont where he helped create and sustain the Writers Conference at Middlebury Colleges Bread Loaf School of English Frosts eventual poetic success was counter-pointed by much personal grief and loss Several of the Frost children were stillborn or died in infancy - they are remembered in the poem Home Burial Frosts son committed suicide and his daughter became insane After his wifes death in 1938 the poet lived either alone or with friends He died in Boston on January 29 1963 Frost kept his religious faith mostly to himself
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