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October 13, 2012

Lowell & the West Street Jail

Robert Lowell       (1917 – 1977)

On this day in 1943 Robert Lowell went to jail for draft evasion. Lowell was barely published at this point, but because he came from a venerated Boston family the event made headline news. He would later turn the jail time into “Memories of West Street and Lepke,” a centerpiece poem in Life Studies, the 1959 collection regarded by many as the most important book of American poetry in the second half of the twentieth century.

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