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The Children of the Night
Full text of The Children of the Night and selections from later works.
Collected Poems (1921)
Full text of Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Collected Poems (1921).
Edwin Arlington Robinson
General commentary and discussion questions.
Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)
A collection of biographical, historical, and critical information from the Modern American Poetry Project website.
Edwin Arlington Robinson: American Poet
This site contains a biography, bibliography, photographs, and the complete text of four books.
Selected Poems of Edwin Arlington Robinson
From Representative Poetry Online at University of Toronto.
Sonnets
An extensive collection of Robinson's sonnets.
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson

On December 22, 1869, Edwin Arlington Robinson was born in Head Tide, Maine (the same year as W. B. Yeats). His family moved to Gardiner, Maine, in 1870, which renamed "Tilbury Town," became the backdrop for many of Robinson's poems. Robinson described his childhood as stark and unhappy; he once wrote in a letter to Amy Lowell that he remembered wondering why he had been born at the age of six. After high school, Robinson spent two years studying at Harvard University as a special student and his first poems were published in the Harvard Advocate.

Robinson privately printed and released his first volume of poetry, The Torrent and the Night Before, in 1896 at his own expense; this collection was extensively revised and published in 1897 as The Children of the Night. Unable to make a living by writing, he got a job as an inspector for the New York City subway system. In 1902 he published Captain Craig and Other Poems. This work received little attention until President Theodore Roosevelt wrote a magazine article praising it and Robinson. Roosevelt also offered Robinson a sinecure in a U.S. Customs House, a job he held from 1905 to 1910. Robinson dedicated his next work, The Town Down the River (1910), to Roosevelt.

Robinson's first major success was The Man Against the Sky (1916). He also composed a trilogy based on Arthurian legends: Merlin (1917), Lancelot (1920), and Tristram (1927), which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1928. Robinson was also awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his Collected Poems (1921) in 1922 and The Man Who Died Twice (1924) in 1925. For the last twenty-five years of his life, Robinson spent his summers at the MacDowell Colony of artists and musicians in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Robinson never married and led a notoriously solitary lifestyle. He died in New York City on April 6, 1935.

A Selected Bibliography

Poetry

The Torrent and the Night Before (1896)
The Children of the Night (1897)
Captain Craig and Other Poems (1902)
The Town Down the River (1910)
Van Zorn (1914)
The Porcupine (1915)
The Man Against the Sky (1916)
Merlin (1917)
The Three Taverns (1920)
Avon's Harvest (1921)
Collected Poems (1921)
Roman Bartholomew (1923)
The Man Who Died Twice (1924)
Dionysus in Doubt (1925)
Tristram (1927)
Fortunatus (1928)
Sonnets, 1889-1917 (1928)
Cavender's House (1929)
Modred (1929)
The Glory of the Nightingales (1930)
Matthias at the Door (1931)
Selected Poems (1931)
Talifer (1933)
Amaranth (1934)
King Jasper (1935)
Collected Poems (1937)

Letters

Selected Letters (1940)
Untriangulated Stars: Letters to Harry de Forest Smith 1890-1905 (1947)
Edwin Arlington Robinson's Letters to Edith Brower (1968)

Poetry & Prose

Uncollected Poems and Prose (1975)

Poems by
Edwin Arlington Robinson

Dear Friends
Karma
Miniver Cheevy
Mr. Flood's Party
Richard Cory
The House on the Hill

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