Above picture: The Beaconsfield cottage, called The Bungalow, with the Frost children posing in front (l to r): Marjorie, Carol, Lesley, Irma. Reproduced by kind permission of George H. Browne Robert Frost Collection, Michael J. Spinelli, Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections, Herbert H. Lamson Library, Plymouth State University
Robert Frost is probably the 20th century's most famous poet, yet few people know that his poetic career started when hw was living in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire. The American poet came with his family to live in Reynolds Road, Beaconsfield in September 1912. They stayed for two years during which time he had his first book of poems published, before he was published and recognised in America.
To commemorate the centenary of this event there will be a performance of "The English Years of Robert Frost" by Linda Hart and Gabriel Woolf. Linda will outline Frost's time over here, while Gabriel will read the poems and letters written by Frost that help to bring the story vividly to life. Linda is an American who has lived in England for many years, and written and lectured on Robert Frost both here and in America. Gabriel is a well-known and admired actor, literary performer and frequent reader on Radio 4. Together they will describe how Frost found his cottage in Beaconsfield, how he found a publisher in London, and how he befriended many writers including W.B. Yeats.
The celebration will take place on 15 September in the Fitzwilliams Centre and is being organised by Kari Dorme, former Branch and Area librarian for Beaconsfield. In addition to the performance, there will be a display on Robert Frost in collaboration with Beaconsfield Library, which will include a special collection of his poetry and prose as well as biographies of his life.
A.C. Frost & Co. Estate Agents was founded in New Beaconsfield in 1908. The paths of Alfred Frost, Surveyor, and Robert Frost, great American Poet, crossed in 1912 when the poet rented a home (pictured above) on Reynolds Road through the firm’s office. Alfred Frost was one of New Beaconsfield’s early businessmen/entrepreneurs and became friendly with Robert Frost and his family as they both had children the same age. New Beaconsfield was ideal for Robert Frost, giving him access to London to meet other poets, and this same ease of access to the city still applies today.
We are proud to be the official sponsor of this event and look forward to seeing you there.
Tickets are available from the Beaconsfield Library and The Frost Partnership, Burkes Parade, Beaconsfield.