Edwin Arlington Robinson

Born at Head Tide on the Sheepscot River, Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869 - 1935) grew up in Gardiner, Maine, before moving on to Harvard College and New York. After years of poverty and struggle, Robinson emerged as America's most acclaimed poet of the early 20th century, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Collected Poems (1922), The Man Who Died Twice (1925) and Tristram (1928). Though critical interest in his long works has faded, his short, sharp psychological poems including "Richard Corey," "Miniver Cheevy," "Flammonde," and "Claverly's" remain popular. Set in and around fictional Tilbury Town (modeled on Gardiner of the poet's childhood) they are frequently anthologized and were brought together by Lawrence Thompson in the collection, Tilbury Town in 1953. They offer unique insight into small town life and people in late 19th-century Maine.

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