This biography came to me highly recommended by Miss Katy, the Head of Children’s Services. I loved reading about the poet’s life and work, and more about the specifics of her ties to Maine. Like Miss Katy, I also feel compelled to recommend the title to others.
Because it’s a children’s book, it’s a relatively quick read. But don’t be fooled into thinking you won’t learn much because of the target audience. This slim, 175-page volume covers her life from beginning to end, sometimes in fascinating detail.
Here are just a few things I didn’t know:
The book has so much information about her life, her schooling, her marriage and later life, as well as lots of history about her poems and poetry. There are many excellent photographs that accompany the text. I really didn’t understand what an important national figure she was in the literary world during her lifetime – she was not just a “Maine poet.”
The book is thoroughly researched and presented: there are ten pages of chapter notes, recommended biographies, and a list of all of her works: poetry, prose, and plays.
Extend National Poetry Month by reading this great little biography. Enjoy!