Lowell brought assorted baggage from his New England background to his personal and professional lif

Lowell brought assorted baggage from his New England background to his personal and professional lif

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Unformatted text preview: Lowell brought assorted baggage from his New England background to his personal and professional life. For his rigid piety, critics called him the "Catholic poet." His marriage to fiction writer Jean Stafford foundered because of his infidelities, depression, and alcoholism. In 1941, the couple lived in Baton Rouge while he taught at Louisiana State University, then resettled in Boston. At the height of World War II, Lowell spent five months in jail for refusing to register for the draft. He gained parole in March 1944 and undertook janitorial duties at the nurses' quarters of St. Vincent's hospital. He recounts the experience through "In the Cage" in Lord Weary's Castle (1946), an antiauthoritarian volume that won him the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. In 1951, Lowell suffered full-blown manic depression, which burdened him until his death. After In 1951, Lowell suffered full-blown manic depression, which burdened him until his death....
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