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At age 88, Robert Frost dies as a result of complications following prostate surgery. He was buried in Old Bennington Cemetery in Bennington, Vermont. Nine months later, President Kennedy, at whose inauguration Frost had read a poem, "The Gift Outright," gave a speech praising Robert Frost.
At President John F. Kennedy's Inauguration, Robert Frost read his poem, "The Gift Outright" from memory. He was unable to read the poem he had selected, "Dedication," because the harsh sunlight made it impossible for him to see.
Robert's only living son, Carol, committed suicide. He was 38.
Elinor Frost, Robert's wife of 42 years, died of a heart attack. She was 65 years old.
Marjorie Frost, Robert's daughter died after the birth of her first child. She was 29, and died of puerperal fever.
Robert Frost's sister, Jeanie, dies at the age of 52. Her death occurred at a mental hospital.
Robert Frost won his first Pulitzer for his fourth collection of poetry, New Hampshire. He later won three additional Pulitzers.
As World War I began, Frost and his family returned to America, where his two books had been well-received. Because of his increased popularity, editors that had rejected him wished to publish Frost's poems. The beauty of the land around the farm where the Frost family moved provided the inspiration for many of Frost's poems.
After living in New England for most of his life and having little success at earning a living in any profession, including poetry, Robert Frost and his family moved to a small country farmhouse in England. There, Frost began to achieve his dream of becoming a poet. He published two books, A Boy's Will and North of Boston, which both received great praise and earned him the support and friendship of poets Ezra Pound and Edward Thomas.
Elinor and Robert's daughter, Elinor Bettina died on June 21, 1907. She was three days old.
Four months before his fourth birthday, Elliot dies of cholera, which sends Robert Frost into a period of depression filled with guilt and mourning for the loss of his son. The same year, Robert's mother dies.
In the same year as the death of Robert Frost's eldest son, his mother, Isabelle also died. Her death occurred as a result of cancer.
Robert and Elinor's first child, a boy named Elliot is born. The couple eventually has five more children, Carol (1902-1940) Lesley (1899-1983), Irma (1903-1967), Marjorie (1905-1934), and Elinor Bettina (1907-1907).
Robert Frost and Elinor White were high-school sweethearts and co-valedictorians. They parted ways after high-school, but were reunited when Elinor began teaching at the same school as Robert. They had six children during their marriage.
When Robert Frost was nineteen, his first poem was published in a magazine called The Independent. The name of the poem was "My Butterfly," and Frost received $15 in earnings from the magazine.
After his father death, because of tuberculosis, in 1885, Frost, age 11, his mother, and his sister moved to New England. There, the Frost family lived with Robert's grandfather because they did not have the money to support themselves.
Robert Lee Frost was born in San Francisco to Isabelle Moodie (1844-1900) and William Prescott Frost Jr. (1850-1885). He was named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee.