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Profile of the Day: Robert Frost

On this day in 1874, poet Robert Frost was born. One of the most celebrated poets in American history, Frost remains the only poet to receive four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.

Image: Robert Frost / Library of Congress

Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California to William Prescott Frost, Jr., a journalist, and Isabelle Moodie. After his father’s death in 1885, the family moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts. A gifted student, Frost graduated from his high school as co-valedictorian, an honor he shared with his future wife, Elinor Miriam White.

He first gained recognition for his poetry while living in England and after his return to the United States in 1915, he became one of the most recognized and celebrated poets in the country. In 1924, he received his first of four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. In 1960, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress “in recognition of his poetry, which has enriched the culture of the United States and the philosophy of the world.”

Frost died on January 29, 1963 in Boston, Massachusetts at the age of 88.

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