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Robert Frost Comes to Campus

Stamp of Robert Frost from 1974. Image in the public domain.

Part of the appeal of Tobias Wolff’s insider take on the cutthroat competitive life of a prestigious prep school in Old School is the suspense of a writing contest---a contest that gives the winning student a private meeting with a famous writer. Robert Frost, Ayn Rand, and Ernest Hemingway are all on the private boy's school's contest agenda in the novel. Each writer represents something bigger than his or her celebrated image. After authors Tobias Wolff and Jonathan Lethem comment on and shatter the myth of Frost, we'll hear the poet himself read his poem "Birches." The poem is courtesy of HarperAudio. [3.54]

[audio:http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//audio/FrostWolff.mp3]

[transcript]

Speaking of literature contests (cue shameless plug), it’s almost time for the sixth annual Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. If you can’t make it to DC for the big finale on May 15, you absolutely must tune in to the webcast. It’s truly an amazing event to behold.

To hear the entire Old School audio doc, please go to the Big Read website.

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