In 1912, when Frost left teaching at the New Hampshire State Normal School in Plymouth to take his family to England in search of seclusion and more time to write, he was thirty-eight years old and all but convinced that, as a poet, he would never be a success. His first two volumes, A BOY’S WILL and NORTH OF BOSTON, had been published in London before he returned to America in 1915. The American edition of NORTH OF BOSTON, published with sheets imported from England, had been favorably reviewed in the New Republic by Amy Lowell and by Louis Untermeyer in the Chicago Evening Post. Soon after his return Frost undertook the public appearances which, continuing throughout his life, contributed so much to the legend that grew up about him as the cracker-barrel philosopher beloved for his homely wit and benevolent charm, the same man who was excused from leading chapel exercises when he was teaching at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire, because the prospect of such an ordeal so obviously terrified him. But he needed the twenty-five or fifty dollars he got for each reading; and he realized that letting the public see him would establish more firmly the literary reputation he had worked and waited so long to achieve.
MOUNTAIN INTERVAL, a third volume of poems, was published in 1916; and the following year Frost, who, as he put it, had run away from two colleges, accepted a teaching appointment at Amherst College...
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