Photograph by Lawrence Willard, 1955

 

 

Robert and Elinor Frost at Plymouth, New Hampshire, 1911
 
 
The Frost children at Plymouth, New Hampshire1911. (Lesley, Carol, Marjorie, Irma)
Family photos courtesy of Lesley Lee Francis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frost in Franconia, N. H. 1915
Photo Courtesy of Jones Library, Amherst

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph c. 1936 by A. Allyn Bishop, Newport, Vermont
Gift of Elizabeth Nutter to FoRF

     

    Robert Frost - A Chronology

Frost's chronology has been divided into categories below
based on significant aspects of his life. Click on the categories:
 

 

Personal Family Life
 

Publication of Works

 

Honors, Awards and
 Degrees
 Academic Career
 
 
 
 Personal Family Life

 Date

 Event
3-26-74                        Birth of Robert Lee Frost, San Francisco, Cal.
6-25-76                        Birth of Jeanie Frost (sister)
5-5-1885                      Death of father, Will Frost, in San Francisco.
                                      Family returns to Lawrence, Mass. for burial.
Sept, 1888                   Robert enters Lawrence High School
May, 1890                   Robert writes his first poem La Noche Triste 
June, 1892                   Robert graduates from Lawrence High School
                                       sharing valedictorian honors with Elinor White.
Sept., 1892                  Enters Dartmouth. Leaves before end of term.
1893 - 1894                 Teaches in local schools. Works in the mills.
11-8-94                         First poem published: "My Butterfly: An Elegy" 
1895                             Works as a reporter, teaches school.
12-19-95                       Marries Elinor Miriam White in Lawrence.
9-25-96                          First child, Elliott, born to Rob and Elinor.
Sept., 1897                   Enters Harvard University.
3-31-1899                     Leaves Harvard. Returns to Lawrence.
4-28-1899                     Second child, daughter Lesley born.
7-8-1900                       First child, Elliott dies.
Oct., 1900                     Frost family moves to farm, Derry, N. H.
11-2-1900                     Frost's mother, Isabelle, dies of cancer.
5-27-1902                     Third child, son Carol born.
6-27-1903                     Fourth child, daughter Irma born.
3-29-1905                     Fifth child, daughter Marjorie born.
6-18-1907                     Sixth child, Elinor Bettina born -dies within days.
11-16-1911                   Sells Derry Farm. Lives in Plymouth, N. H. and 
                               teaches at N. H. State Normal School.
Sept., 1912                    The Frost family sails for England.
10-26-1912                    First book of poetry accepted by publisher.
5-15-1914                      Second book published
2-13-1915                      The Frost family returns to the U. S. Buys farm in
                                         Franconia, N. H.
Oct., 1920                      Moves to Shaftsbury, Vermont, buys the 
                                         Stone House.
Dec., 1928                      Buys second farm, The Gulley in Shaftsbury.
9-7-1929                         Sister Jeanie, dies.
5-2-1934                         Daughter Marjorie dies following childbirth.
3-20-1938                      Wife, Elinor dies of a heart attack in Florida.
Summer, 1938              Frost rents apartment in Boston.
Sept., 1939                     Frost buys The Homer Noble Farm, Ripton, Vt
                                         to use as a summer residence.
Oct 9, 1940                    Son Carol dies of suicide in Shaftsbury.
Spring, 1941                 Frost buys home in Cambridge, Mass
1-29-1963                      Frost dies in Boston. Burial in Bennington
 
 
 Publication of Works
    Date
   Title of Work
 
April, 1913
May, 1914
Feb, 1915
April, 1915
Nov, 1916
Mar, 1923
Nov, 1923
Nov, 1928
Nov, 1930
May, 1936
Feb, 1939
April, 1942
Mar, 1945
May, 1947
Sept, 1947
April, 1949
Mar, 1962
A Boy's Will, English edition
North of Boston, English edition
North of Boston, American edition
A Boy's Will, American edition
Mountain Interval
Selected Poems
New Hampshire
West-running Brook
Collected Poems
A Further Range
Collected Poems
A Witness Tree
A Masque of Reason
Steeple Bush
A Masque of Mercy
Complete Poems
In the Clearing
 
 

Honors

 Awards

  Degrees

High School: Co-Valedictorian &
Hood Prize for Scholastic Excellence
 
Phi Beta Kappa Poet: Tufts, 1915
Harvard, 1916
Columbia, 1932
Tufts, 1940
Harvard, 1941
College of William and Mary, 1941
 
 
Member National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1916
 
Member American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1930
 
Hon. Member St. Botolph Club, Boston, 1932
 
Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry, Harvard 1936
 
Member American Philosophical Society, 1937
 
Board of Overseers, Harvard College, 1938
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellow in Poetry, Harvard 1939
 
Associate of Adams House, Harvard Univ. 1939.
 
Life appointment, Simpson Lecturer in Literature. Amherst, 1949
 
Consultant in Poetry in the Library of Congress 1958-59.
 
Inaugural Poet for President John F. Kennedy, 1961
 
Poet Laureate of Vermont, 1961

Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in the following years:

1923 New Hampshire
1931 Collected Poems
1937 A Further Range
1943 A Witness Tree
 
Russell Loines Poetry Prize, 1931
 
Gold Medal for Poetry, National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1939
 
Gold Medal, Poetry Society of America, 1941.
 
Gold Medal, Limited Editions Club, 1949
 
Award, Academy of American Poets, 1953
 
First Annual Poetry Award, Boston Arts Festival, 1954
 
Medal for Distinguished Service in the Fields of Am. Literature, Theodore Roosevelt Society, 1954
 
Medal of Honor, New York University 1956
 
Gold Medal, Holland Society of New York, 1957
 
Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, Poetry Society of America, 1958
 
Medal for Achievements in the Arts, Signet Society, Harvard College, 1958
 
Emerson-Thoreau Medal, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1958
 
Huntington Hartford Foundation Award, 1958
 
Congressional Gold Medal, 1960
 
Edward MacDowell Medal, 1962
 
Congressional Medal presented by Pres.
J. F. Kennedy, 1962
 
Bollingen Prize in Poetry, 1963
Honorary Degrees
 
M. A. Amherst, 1918
M. A.University of Michigan.1922
L.H.D. University of Vermont 1923
Litt. D. Middlebury College 1924
Litt. D. Yale 1924
Litt D. Bowdoin 1926
Litt D. University of New Hampshire 1930
L.H.D. Wesleyan 1931
Litt. D. Columbia 1932
L.H.D. Williams 1932
Litt. D. Dartmouth 1933
L.H.D. St. Lawrence University, 1936
L.H.D. University of Pennsylvania 1936
L.H.D. Bates, 1936
Litt D. Harvard, 1937
L.H.D. University of Colorado, 1939
Litt. D. Princeton 1941
Litt. D. Kenyon College, 1945
LL. D. Univ of California, 1947
Litt. D. Duke, 1948
Litt. D. Amherst, 1948
Litt. D. Colgate, 1950
Litt. D. Marlboro 1950
Litt. D. Univ. of Durham, England 1951
Litt. D. Univ. of Massachusetts 1951
Litt. D. Univ. of North Carolina, 1953
LL. D. Univ. of Cincinnati, 1954
LL. D., Dartmouth, 1955
Litt. D. University of Rhode Island, 1955
LL. D., Colby College, 1956
Litt. D., Oxford Univ., Cambridge Univ., National University, Ireland and Ohio State University, 1957
L.H.D. Miami Univ., 1959
Litt. D., Syracuse University, 1959
Litt. D., Tufts University, 1959
LL. D., University of Florida, 1960
L.H.D., Hebrew Union College, 1960
LL. D. University of Miami, 1961
Litt. D., Windham College, 1961
Litt. D., Boston University, 1961
LL. D. University of Michigan, 1962
L.H.D., University of Detroit, 1962

 Academic Career
 

 Dates

 School of Learning
 
 

Spring, 1893

Spring, 1894

Spring, 1895

Spring, 1906 - June 1911
 
Sept, 1911 - 1912
 
Jan, 1917 - May 1920
 
Sept 1921 - 1922
 
 
Nov. 1923 - 1925
 
Sept. 1925
 
Sept. 1926 - June, 1938
 
1933
 
May, 1939 -1943
 
 
Sept, 1943 - 1949
 
 
Oct. 1949
 
1938 - 1962

Methuen Elementary School

Salem District School

Private School of Isabelle Moodie Frost

Pinkerton Academy

New Hampshire State Normal School
 
Amherst College
 
University of Michigan, "Poet in Residence" and
"Fellow in Creative Arts"
 
Amherst College, Professor of English
 
University of Michigan, "Fellow in Letters"
 
Amherst College, Professor of English
 
Associate Fellow, Pierson College, Yale University
 
Harvard University, Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellow
in Poetry
 
Dartmouth College, George Ticknor Fellow
in the Humanities
 
Amherst, Simpson Lecturer in Literature
 
Lecturer, Bread Loaf School of English
and Writers' Conference
 

Robert Frost was a highly gifted teacher, who won the appreciation of his students with his innovative methods of teaching. He taught off and on throughout his life and loved to work
with students, but the social stress and politics of campus life disagreed with him. Teaching exhausted him and took time away from writing. Frost returned again and again to academe
to earn a living and work with young people, which he thought most worthwhile. Our last
picture is worth a thousand words.

 

Frost at Williams College October, 1960
Courtesy of the Bennington Banner
 
Based on Chronology in Selected Letters of Robert Frost edited by Lawrence Thompson
 
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