Partner Ada Dwyer Russell

Queer Places:
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138, Stati Uniti
Sevenels, 70 Warren St, Brookline, MA 02445, Stati Uniti

'''Amy Lawrence Lowell'''[1] (February 9, 1874 – May 12, 1925) was an American poet of the imagist school from Brookline, Massachusetts. She posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926.

Lowell was born into Brookline's Lowell family, sister to astronomer Percival Lowell and Harvard president Abbott Lawrence Lowell.[2]

School was a source of considerable despair for the young Amy Lowell. She considered herself to be developing "masculine" and "ugly" features and she was a social outcast. She had a reputation among her classmates for being outspoken and opinionated.[3]

Lowell never attended college because her family did not consider it proper for a woman to do so. She compensated for this lack with avid reading and near-obsessive book collecting. She lived as a socialite and travelled widely, turning to poetry in 1902 (age 28) after being inspired by a performance of Eleonora Duse in Europe.

Lowell was said to be lesbian, and in 1912 she and actress Ada Dwyer Russell were reputed to be lovers. Russell is reputed to be the subject of Lowell's more erotic works, most notably the love poems contained in 'Two Speak Together', a subsection of ''Pictures of the Floating World''. The two women traveled to England together, where Lowell met Ezra Pound, who at once became a major influence and a major critic of her work. Pound considered Lowell's embrace of Imagism to be a kind of hijacking of the movement. Lowell has been linked romantically to writer Mercedes de Acosta, but the only evidence of any contact between them is a brief correspondence about a planned memorial for Duse.

Lowell was a short but imposing figure who kept her hair in a bun and wore a pince-nez.

Lowell smoked cigars constantly, claiming that they lasted longer than cigarettes. She was associated with her cigar-smoking habit publicly, since newspapers frequently mentioned it.[4] A glandular problem kept her perpetually overweight, so that poet Witter Bynner once said, in a cruel comment repeated by Ezra Pound and thereafter commonly misattributed to him, that she was a "hippopoetess."[5] Her admirers defended her, however, even after her death. One rebuttal was written by Heywood Broun in his obituary tribute to Amy. He wrote, "She was upon the surface of things a Lowell, a New Englander and a spinster. But inside everything was molten like the core of the earth... Given one more gram of emotion, Amy Lowell would have burst into flame and been consumed to cinders." [6]

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Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA

Lowell died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1925, at the age of 51 and is buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery.[7] The following year, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for ''What's O'Clock''. That collection included the patriotic poem "Lilacs", which Louis Untermeyer said was the poem of hers he liked best.


  1. ^ Amy Lowell, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  2. ^ cite web|title=Chosön, the Land of the Morning Calm; a Sketch of Korea|url=http://www.wdl.org/en/item/2377|publisher=World Digital Library|accessdate=30 April 2013
  3. ^ Horace Gregory, Amy Lowell: Portrait of the Poet in her Own Time, Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, New York, 1958
  4. ^ Gregory, pg.96
  5. ^ cite book| url=https://books.google.com/?id=u5AXdTOuGy4C&pg=PA171&lpg=PA171&dq=%22hippopoetess.%22+Witter+Bynner| page=171| title=Amy Lowell, American modern |author1=Adrienne Munich |author2=Melissa Bradshaw | publisher=Rutgers University Press| year=2004| isbn=978-0-8135-3356-8
  6. ^ cite web|title=Amy Lowell 1874-1925|url=http://www.sappho.com/poetry/a_lowell.html|website=Isle of Lesbos|publisher=Alix North
  7. ^ Wilson, Scott. ''Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons'', 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Location 28784). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition