The Robert Frost Book Collection is a comprehensive collection of books by and about Robert Frost containing many works annotated by Frost. Included in the collection are boxed sets of custom Christmas cards and pamphlets designed and annotated by Frost.
This collection is open for research.
Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.
The Robert Frost Collection is a comprehensive collection of books by and about Robert Frost containing many works annotated by Frost. The collection contains over 200 items. Included in the collection are boxed sets of custom Christmas cards and pamphlets designed and annotated by Frost. The collection was purchased in 1968 from William Britton Stitt, who was a personal friend and college fraternity brother of Frost.
Robert Frost (1874-1963) was one of America's leading 20th century poets, and a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Frost attended Harvard College from 1897 to 1899. In the ten years following his departure from Harvard, he wrote poems, operated a farm in Derry, New Hampshire, and taught at Pinkerton Academy. In 1912, he sold his farm and took his family to England, to devote himself to writing. A Boy's Will was published in 1913, followed by North of Boston in 1914. The Frosts moved back to the United States in February 1915, following the U.S. publication of North of Boston. His third book, Mountain Interval, was published in 1916. In 1924, Robert Frost received the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for New Hampshire. He was honored with the award three more times, for Collected Poems (1931), A Further Range (1937), and A Witness Tree (1943). Some of his most well known poems include: "The Death of the Hired Man" (from North of Boston), "The Road Not Taken" and "Birches" (from Mountain Interval), and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" (from New Hampshire).
Frost held a number of academic positions throughout his life as well. He was a Professor of English at Amherst College in 1917-1920, 1923-1925, and 1926-1938, as well as Simpson Lecturer in Literature in 1949-1963. Frost was also a fellow at Michigan, Yale, Harvard, and Dartmouth.
Organized as two series:
The collection was purchased by the University of Maryland Libraries in 1968 from William Britton Stitt, who was a personal friend and college fraternity brother of Frost.