A Swinger of Birches: A Portrait of Robert Frost

A Swinger of Birches: A Portrait of Robert Frost

A Swinger of Birches: A Portrait of Robert Frost

A Swinger of Birches: A Portrait of Robert Frost

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This ought to be a good book. Everybody who has seen it in manuscript says it is. The author probably knew me better than he knew himself and consequently contrariwise he very likely portrayed himself in it more than me. I trust it is in my favor. I know he would mean it to be. I don't read about myself well or easily. But I am always happier to hear that I am liked faults and all than that I am disliked. I had to tell Sidney once that I didn't believe it did me the least good to be told of the enemies he had had to defend me from. I have stolen look enough over the edge of the book to see that what went on between us is brought out much as in our correspondence. My letters to him I might mention are on deposit in the Dartmouth College Library. I wish I had kept some of the great letters he wrote me but I am no curator of letters or anything else. He was at his best in his free letters. Yes, and of course in his teaching. A great teacher. He was all sincerity and frankness. He once wrote an article for the New Republic about my sincerity. I know that because it was in the title. We differed more in taste perhaps than in thinking. But we stood up to each other to support each other as two playing cards may be made to in building. I am a great equalitarian: I try to spend most of my time with my equals. He seemed worried at first lest it should appear I didn't . . .

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