In the year of 1876, Frost and his family traveled to Lawrence Massachusetts. His sister, Jeanie Florence was born on June 25th. Later that fall, the family returned to San Francisco to find that their father is diagnosed as a consumptive. In 1882 Frost dropped out of school and is home taught. On May 5, 1885 Frost's father dies of tuberculosis.
5 Crompton, 147. 6 George Jean Nathan, "Chronicles", T.C.L.C. Sharon K. Hall ed. (Detroit: Gale Research, 1980) vol. 3, 387.
About a year after moving to San Francisco, they had Robert. They named him Robert Lee Frost, after William's childhood hero, Robert E. Lee. Frost's father died from tuberculosis at age thirty-four, in 1885. Isabelle took Robert and his sister back east to Massachusetts. Soon they moved to Salem, New Hampshire, where there was a teaching opening.
Robert Lee Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California to William Prescott Frost Jr., a journalist and a passionate Democrat, and Isabelle Moodie, who was of Scottish descent. Robert Lee Frost was named after the Confederate general, Robert E. Lee. When Frost was two years old, his mother took him and fled to Lawrence, Massachusetts to get away from her husband, who had drinking and gambling problems. While in Lawrence, Isabelle Moodie had a second child, whose name was Jeanie Florence. While the family still resided in Lawrence, Robert Frost’s father died of Tuberculosis when Frost was eleven years old.
In 1885, the dying request of his father took Frost back to Massachusetts for the burial. Since Frost couldn't afford to travel back to California, Frost remained there and began his writing. Frost led a simple life. He taught, was a New England farmer, worked in a mill, was a reporter, and wrote. He graduated as valedictorian in High School in 1892 and attended Dartmouth College, but quit shortly after he started.
He graduated in three years from high school at the head of his class. After high school he attended Dartmouth and Harvard but ended up not finishing at either due to personal problems (Newdick). He was destined to be a teacher. Frost after not making it in college, went to teach at his mother's school in Salem, New Hampshire. In 1912 he went to England to be with his family, and in his publication of North of Boston, in 1914, he was finally hailed as the great artist that he truly was.
Robert Frost: Biography and Review Robert Lee Frost, b. San Francisco, Mar. 26, 1874 d. Boston, Jan. 29, 1963, was one of the leading poets of the 20th-century and a four time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Frost was a poet often associated with rural New England, although his poems could be felt and related to in any region of the world. Thought his younger days may have not been filled with other children having fun and such, Frost made the best of what he enjoyed. At the young age of only eleven Frost’s father passed away.
While their mother taught at a variety of schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, Robert and Jeanie grew up in Lawrence, and Robert graduated from high school in 1892. A top student in his class, he shared valedictorian honors with Elinor White, with whom he had already fallen in love (Frost 1). For several years, Robert Frost’s mother earned a living by teaching in various schools; starting in Salem, New Hampshire undoubtedly she had a profound affect her son’s development (O’Neill 3). After studying briefly at Dartmouth, he worked as a bobbin boy in a cotton mill, as a cobbler, a school teacher, and a journalist; he later entered Harvard but left after two years to try farming. In 1912 he went to England, where he received his first acclaim as a poet (Frost 2).