Lowell, Amy (1874–1925) By Konkol, Margaret
Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, to a prominent Boston family, Amy Lowell was a poet, lecturer, editor, and critic who was particularly well known for her popularization of imagism in the USA. From 1912 until her death she lived with her companion Ada Russell Dwyer, to whom many of her love poems are directed. During her short but prolific writing career she published more than 650 poems and lectured widely on the “New Poetry,” introducing an American audience to free verse and shaping popular literary tastes. In 1925, at the height of her popularity, having struggled with ill health for much of her life, she died at the age of fifty-one of a cerebral haemorrhage. Later that year she was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for What’s O’Clock.