Frances Mary Frost

Frances Frost, 1952
Frances Frost, 1952

Time Period

1910-1940

Subject Categories

Writers

Notable Facts

Author of many volumes of poetry, novels, a compilation of folklore ("Legends of the United Nations"), and children's books.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

08/03/1905

Date of Death

02/11/1959

Primary Residence

St. Albans

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Frances Frost was raised in St. Albans, Vermont. She attended Middlebury College, until, during her junior year, she became pregnant by her boyfriend, W. Gordon Blackburn. The couple left school, and in 1926 a son, Paul, was born. They had another child, Jean, and lived in South Burlington, where Frances wrote for the Burlington "Daily News". She enrolled at the University of Vermont, and in 1929 was recognized by Yale University as its "Young Poet of the Year" for her poem, "Hemlock Wall". She taught creative writing while at UVM, and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1931.

Frances Frost achieved celebrity status around this time, publishing several volumes of poetry, including: "Blue Harvest" (1931), "These Acres" (1932), "Pool in the Meadow"(1933), and the acclaimed, "Woman of This Earth" (1934). In 1936, her novel, "Innocent Summer" "made quite a stir". The autobiographical, "Yoke of Stars" was published in 1939, and several more novels followed in the early 1940's. Frost spent many summers during the 1930's at an artists' retreat, the MacDowell Colony, in Peterboro, NH.

During WWII, after her first marriage had failed, Frost moved to New York City, and became a taxi-cab driver. Around this time, she was asked to put together a book of stories about the United Nations for young people around the world. She used folklore from 17 countries to produce the collection, "Legends of the United Nations", which was a great success. She went on to write more than a dozen children's books.

Frances Frost lived in Greenwich Village in NY until her death in 1959.

Occupations

  • Writer
  • Creative Writing Teacher at the University of Vermont
  • Taxi-cab driver

Education

  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Vermont, (1931).

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • "Those Indomitable Vermont Women", essay by Dorothy Steele Link

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Link

  • "Frances Frost Papers", Yale University Link

  • Duffy, John, eds. "Frances Frost." In The Vermont Encyclopedia. University Press of New England, 2003.

  • St. Albans, Franklin County Driving Tour Link