How I Came to Write About the Lowells


Long fascinated by the poets Amy Lowell, James Russell Lowell, and Robert Lowell, I searched for Lowell family letters while researching Signed, Sealed, Delivered, and was horrified to discover the family had a tradition of burning correspondence posthumously. But with diligence and determination, I was able to discover troves of Lowell family letters scattered throughout archives and collections. 513ImHjB6gL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Thus began my quest to tell the story of the Lowell family, from Percival Lowle’s arrival in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1639 through the blazing of Amy Lowell’s poetic glory in the early twentieth century.  In April of 2017, St. Martin’s Press will publish my biography of the family, titled The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family.