THis is a literary event of national importance. For the first time all the poems for which Robert Frost is known and loved have been collected in one volume. Here is the full richness and greatness of Frost, ample evidence to his position as America's ranking poet.
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For those who live in cities, Frost conjures up a half-remembered world of trees glittering in their coats of winter ice, of ringing axes and the spurt of sawdust, chattering brooks and small, white villages. To the countryman, he brings new beauty to familiar scenes. Always, with charm and ease, he is a marvelous story-teller in verse. His speech is often full of local idiom, yet never obscure. The colloquial raconteur only partly conceals the careful artist. He is the one American poet who can be man}, things to many men. Humor, mellowness, whimsicality and rare beauty of thought and phrase crowd each other on his pages.
No American home would be complete without this handsome and complete edition of the poems of our best loved poet.