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The latest issue of The Robert Frost Review, No. 28 (Fall 2018) focuses on the material culture of Robert Frost with a series of notes beginning with reflections on several of the poet’s residences by Priscilla Paton in “Going and Coming Back: The Many Houses of Robert Frost” and by Linda Hart in “Robert Frost’s Legacy in England.” Robert Frost’s long friendship with Victor E. Reichert is explored through an interview conducted by Skye D. Mitchelle with Dr. Jonathan F. Reichert, Rabbi Reichert’s son. “Robert Frost Speaking at Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, April 2, 1960,” an introduction to and transcription of a tape recording of this lecture, is presented by Lisa A. Seale, offering further evidence of the poet’s attraction to philosophical and religious themes. Daniel Toomey offers new insight into Frost’s deep capacity for friendship with his essay “My Oldest Friend in the World’: Robert Frost and John Bartlett.” As editor Jonathan N. Barron further observes in his Editor’s Note, Eleanor Wakefield writing of “the first poem of Frost’s first book, ‘Into My Own,” in her essay “Among Dark Trees: Poetic Identity and the Sonnet Form” makes “a striking case for its innovations in poetics and in the sonnet form.” Dr. Barron goes on to note that Neil Kjeldsen in his essay “Taking ‘the other’” “returns to the familiar ‘The Road Not Taken’ only to defamiliarize it, and Jiao Pengshuai and Yan Haifeng, meanwhile, describe Frost’s poetic reception in China.” 

 

As Jonathan Barron also notes, “this issue derives from the hard work and editorial efforts of the first guest editor in our 28-year history,” Natalie Gerber, professor of English at the State University of New York at Fredonia, who will again serve as guest editor for our Fall 2019 issue. Dr. Gerber writes in her Guest Editor’s Note:

 

As I write this note, I am mindful of shifting ground in Robert Frost’s legacy and studies. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” recently entered the public domain, making one of the best if not the best-known poem in American history truly the provenance of Americans—and global citizens—today. Ownership of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum was recently transferred from the Friends of Robert Frost to Bennington College, and Carole Thompson and Lea Newman, the geniuses of that household and the seemingly perennial Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost series have since retired and spend Sunday afternoons elsewhere or in Italy. Lesley Lee Francis, Robert Frost’s granddaughter who has worked most assiduously to care for and place her grandfather’s legacy, has recently donated a collection of her research papers to the University of New Hampshire. The moment, it seems, is ripe for a paradigm shift.

 

So we are fortunate that another era of Frost studies is on the rise, this one abetted by the promised release of Frost’s talks in conjunction with his poems through the Digital Frost project of Setsuko Yokoyama. New opportunities arise to test and assess Frost’s theories through digital humanities tools such as Christopher Mustazza’s Machine-Aided Close Listening, that can tell us whether Frost’s readings realize seven different tones in “In the Pasture.” And, coming with our next issue in Fall 2019 (which is already in the works), new scholarship by half-a-dozen or so young scholars sharing cognitive and other approaches to Frost.

 

This issue thus intentionally collects not only thoughtful essays but also short contributions by some of the key figures who have helped shape Frost’s material legacy. It looks forward to that collection of work by recent PhDs and emerging scholars and encourages future contributions that make full use of the multimedia and digital technologies available to us, studying and sharing new archival materials, as well studying old works with new methods from cognitive science.

 
Submissions are now being sought for the Fall 2019 issue of The Robert Frost Review. In this issue, in addition to work on all aspects of Robert Frost's life and work (original research, notes, new manuscripts, new readings of poems, and/or memoirs of encounters with the poet), the editors seek reflections and notes on teaching Robert Frost's work at all educational levels. Please submit manuscripts by June 15; see detailed submission guidelines below. 
 
Submission Guidelines: The Robert Frost Review welcomes submissions to its pages on all aspects of Robert Frost's life and work. This includes original research, notes, new manuscripts, new readings of poems, memoirs of encounters with the poet, etc. Submissions may be up to 5,000 words and should follow the guidelines of the MLA Handbook (8th edition), but using end notes rather than footnotes. We ask that contributors use the Library of America edition of Robert Frost's Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays (edited by Richard Poirier and Mark Richardson) for all citations.
 
Please send completed essays either by email attachment in Microsoft Word (.DOC format) to Jonathan.Barron@usm.edu or by mail to:

The Robert Frost Review
Department of English
The University of Southern Mississippi
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Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5757

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