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Fall of Frost

A Novel

by Brian Hall

Fall of Frost
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  • First Published:
    Mar 2008, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Apr 2009, 352 pages

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A fascinating and exquisitely written novel about the art and life of Robert Frost

This is one of the best novels I've read in a long time. It is hard to imagine gleaning more pleasure from a book than I did from Fall of Frost - a novel that works on every possible level. For its too-short duration, I was completely immersed in its world, the emotional landscape of Robert Frost. Yet I also read it with enough critical distance to marvel, open-mouthed, at the skill with which Brian Hall constructed the book. Fall of Frost is a character study in the deepest sense, a spelunking into the psychological ferment behind Frost's poems. And it is simultaneously an extremely sophisticated meditation on literary form: a novel about poetry which is itself built like a series of exploded and distended poems; an exploration of the writing process that arises from sensitive readings of Frost's ...

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