Burnshaw, Stanley. Robert Frost Himself. New York: George Braziller, 1986. Written by someone who had been an almost lifelong friend of Frost, this very personal biography is in part an attempt to redress the balance skewed in the definitive Lawrance Roger Thompson work. Includes a chronology, extensive notes, an accurate index, and a revealing collection of illustrations.
Faggen, Robert. Robert Frost and the Challenge of Darwin. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997. With copious evidence amassed for his argument, Faggen depicts Robert Frost as a poet of the first order and among the most challenging of the moderns.
Gerber, Philip L. Robert Frost. Rev. ed. Boston: Twayne, 1982. Begins with an objective biographical overview and follows with substantial chapters on technique, themes, theories, and accomplishments. Includes chronology, extensive notes and references, select bibliography, and index.
Lathem, Edward Connery. Robert Frost: A Biography. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1981. Condenses the three-volume “authorized” biography by Lawrance Roger Thompson into one volume, intended for the general reader. A meticulously researched and minutely recorded study of Frost, which many reviewers have judged personally biased. Solid on facts, this volume contains judgments which must be used with caution. It has no notes and a limited bibliography.
Meyers, Jeffrey. Robert Frost: A Biography. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996. Shapes a long life into a vivacious character study based on the conflicts that seemed to drive Frost as well as do him damage. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Parini, Jay. Robert Frost: A Life. New York: Henry Holt, 1999.
Poirier, Richard. Robert Frost: The Work of Knowing. New York: Oxford University Press, 1977. This substantial scholarly work refrains from partial judgments and presents a balanced view of Frost and his work. Although it contains a biographical chapter, it concentrates mostly on the writings, which it analyzes lucidly. Contains chronology of writings, index, and a limited bibliography.
Potter, James L. The Robert Frost Handbook. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1980. A basic and widely used resource on Frost, this work is indispensable for both first readers and scholars. Contains chronologies of both life and works, guides to various approaches to the poems, discussions of various literary and cultural contexts, and technical analyses, as well as a complete annotated bibliography and an index.
Pritchard, William H. Frost: A Literary Life Reconsidered. New York: Oxford University Press, 1984. This measured, sophisticated, detailed approach to Frost’s life and work is another attempt to correct Thompson’s view. Unlike many scholarly biographies, this one is good for browsing and enjoyable for the general reader. Includes full notes and an index.
Thompson, Lawrance Roger, and R. H. Winnick. Robert Frost: A Biography. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1982. A one-volume, condensed version of an exhaustive, three-volume authorized biography originally published between 1966 and 1976.