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Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick Residence

Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick were a tumultuous literary couple in the mid-twentieth century. Lowell, born in Boston in 1917, came from a family of poets. He was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (the equivalent of today's Poet Laureate), and twice won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Elizabeth Hardwick was herself an accomplished writer, author of three novels and several collections of short fiction. The two were married in 1949 and settled in Boston's Back Bay.

The marriage lasted twenty-one years. Lowell published several books of poetry which focused on their relationship and the deterioration of their marriage, quoting letters from Hardwick in his work. Hardwick was also a harsh critic of the New York Times Book Review, which led her in 1962 to establish the New York Review of Books, with Lowell, Jason and Barbara Epstein, and Robert Silver. Lowell passed away in 1977, in a cab on his way to visit Hardwick at her New York City home. Hardwick passed away in 2007, and a final collection of her short stories is set to be published in 2010.

Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick Residence
239 Marlborough Street
Boston, MA 02116

Lowell also lived at 91 Revere Street