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Robert Frost

Robert Frost

A Difficult Start Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California. However, following the death of his father in 1885, he moved with his mother and sister back to New England, the original family home. Frost was a top student in high school but attended college only briefly. In 1895 he married high school classmate Elinor White. Frost struggled to make a living by farming, teaching, and writing poetry.

Success at Last By age 40, Frost had yet to achieve success as a writer. In a courageous move, he and Elinor sold their New Hampshire farm and moved to England. Their gamble paid off. Frost's work was well received in England, and when the Frosts moved back to New England in 1915, they found that his work had become famous in the United States. In 1923, his collection New Hampshire received the Pulitzer Prize, the first of four such awards for Frost.

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