Elizabeth <I>Hollister</I> Frost

Elizabeth Hollister Frost

Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death 9 Apr 1958 (aged 71)
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Burial Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Plot Section G, Lot 119
Memorial ID 2824 · View Source
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Author, Poet. She will be remembered for her early 20th-century writings about the natural beauty of the northeastern part of the United States. The daughter of Emily Weed Barnes and George C. Hollister, she had a twin sister, Harriet Weed Hollister Spencer. Her father was a trustee from 1890 until 1932 at the University of Rochester in New York. In 1946, she donated her great grandfather Thurlow Weed's papers to the University of Rochester Library; he was a millionaire New York newspaper publisher and political leader of the 1800’s. Her mother and Susan B. Anthony, women's rights activist, suffragette and close family friend, worked to have women students enrolled at the University of Rochester. On June 3, 1916, she was married to Elliot Park Frost, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. After his sudden death from gangrene in 1926, she began to write poetry. Her first book of poems “The Lost Lyrist” was published in 1928 with two others following, “Hovering Shadow” in 1929 and “The Closed Gentian” in 1931. She published the novel “The Wedding Ring” in 1939, which had been published a year early in England under the title of “The Good Pain” In 1942, she published “This Side of Land.” In 1946, she published “Mary and the Spinners,” which received highly favorable reviews and was chosen as the January 1947 selection of the Catholic Book Club. All her novels were dedicated to her late husband, and today, rare copies are still available for collectors for a price up to $250. Many of her poems were published in America in the “Harper's Magazine” and “The Dial” and in the United Kingdom in the “Spectator” and “The London Mercury”, along with other periodicals worldwide. On April 16, 1932 she married an architect, Walter Dabney Blair. In 1955, the Garden Club of America awarded her the Eloise Payne Luquer Medal for special achievement in the field of botany, which was a subject covered in many of her poems. At the time of her death, she was writing a book of quite a different nature, to be entitled “Your Rock Garden and Ours.” She planned to describe the building and designing of the glen garden, Tumbling Waters, at Tarrytown, New York, her heather projects on her Nantucket moorland, and her many other horticultural interests and activities. She died of arteriosclerosis at the age of seventy-one. Two boxes of her papers were donated to the University of Rochester Library by her family. The papers included newspaper reviews of her writings; personal and professional correspondence; material relating to the poem "Revolving June", which was written for the University of Rochester's centennial in 1934; and her biographical material. Recently in November 2009, her talents were mentioned in the article “Bringing Poets and Poetry Back to Life,” which was published in the Los Angeles Times.

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"No coward soul is mine
No trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere
I see Heaven's glories shine
And Faith shines equal arming me from Fear.
There is not room for Death
Nor atom that his might could render void
Since thou art Being and Breath
And what thou art may never be destroyed."



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