The Lowells and the Jews

Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character

by Kay Redfield Jamison

Alfred A. Knopf, 560 pp., $29.95


Loving Robert Lowell

by Sandra Hochman

Turner Publishing, 252 pp., $16.99

In 1979, Harvard’s literary magazine, the Advocate, ran a tribute by the poet Richard Tillinghast to his late mentor, entitled “Robert Lowell in the Sixties”: 

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About the Author

Stuart Schoffman worked as a staff writer for Time in New York and a screenwriter in Hollywood before moving to Jerusalem in 1988. His translations from Hebrew include books by A. B. Yehoshua, David Grossman, and Meir Shalev. 


gershonhepner on September 26, 2017 at 2:49 am

After James Atlas finished his biography of Bellow,
the writer asked him what he'd learned.
“That you can not know anything about another fellow,”
to which which the Nobel laureate replied,
in an opinion that can't be denied,
however often it is spurned,
by an enemy or fan,
“That will do young man.”
Those whom by analysis atempt our minds to mellow
can't faithfully be Grecian urned.

Though Robert Lowell's family included many nasty Harvard antisemites one of his grandsires
was a distinguished Jew of whom there is a critically-admired painting. He was Mordecai Myers.

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