Robert Lowell was born in 1917 in Boston. Lowell worked as an editor and as a teacher at several institutions, including the State University of Iowa, the Kenyon School of Letters, Boston University, Harvard University, the University of Essex, and Kent University, among others. During his career, he taught such poets as W. D. Snodgrass, Anne Sexton, and Sylvia Plath.
In 1944 Lowell's first collection of poetry, Land Of Unlikeness, was published. For his second book, Lord's Weary Castle (1946), which included the famous 'The Quaker Graveyeard in Nantucket', Lowell was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Among Lowell's others works are Life Studies (1959), which won the National Book Award in 1960, and The Dolphin (1973).
Listen to Robert Lowell read his poems "Skunk Hour (for Elizabeth Bishop)" and "Dunbarton," taken from the audio collection The Voice Of The Poet, courtesy of Random House Audio.