Synopses & Reviews
The last book published before the poet's death, Day by Day
was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award prize for poetry in 1977 and cements Lowell's reputation as one of the great poetic voices of the century.
"This is the poet's last collection of poems. The long journey which began in 1939 with the publication of two poems in the Kenyan Review has come to an end. If the years were often agonizing for Lowell, they were of considerable importance to the development of modern poetry in America. The lofty rhetoric of the early work has been deepened, softened, and changed. The subject of this last book is autobiographical, the breaking up of his marriage, and the mode is a remarkable turn in the possibilities of the lyric in English. Everyone interested in poetry will value this book. Lowell was, quite simply, the greatest poet of his generation in America." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
About the Author
Robert Lowell (1917-77) was the renowned and controversial author of many books of poetry, including Day by Day, The Dolphin, and History. FSG also published his Collected Prose in 1987.