Building History Timeline

Robert Lowell

The American poet:

On Sunday, March 31 [1940], Cal [Robert Lowell] and Jean moved to the Hotel Albert in the Village. That night each visited their own friends, but by the time Jean returned to the hotel she was very drunk. “Cal got back unfortunately before I did and was furious,” she wrote Hightower, “and justly and unjustly [so] and oh God, Ma, I’m insane.” Then Cal had slammed the door and left. Well, there was a bottle of rum in the room and she would sit up with it till four in the morning. “Say a novena for me,” she added.

When Cal [Robert Lowell] and Jean reached Greenwich Village, they booked into the Hotel Albert on University place and 10th for a week.... [1941]