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Date: August 26, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Poet Robert Frost’s Granddaughter to Lead Class at Montgomery College
“Poetry of Robert Frost” Offered by College’s Lifelong Learning Institute

The granddaughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost, Dr. Lesley Lee Francis, will teach a class this fall for Montgomery College’s Lifelong Learning Institute.  “The Poetry of Robert Frost” will be held on Wednesdays, starting October 19, from 1–2:30 p.m., at the College’s Rockville Campus, South Campus Instructional Building, Room 008, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville.  The non-credit continuing education class costs $68.  Maryland residents age 60 and over only pay the $38 fee.

In her class, Dr. Francis will explore Frost’s poetry, including “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “The Road Not Taken.”  She will also share personal stories about her grandfather, including those learned through papers once owned by him and those owned by his children.  These journals, letters, and notebooks provided the background that Francis needed to write two books, “The Frost Family’s Adventure in Poetry: Sheer Morning Gladness at the Brim” and “Robert Frost: An Adventure in Poetry, 1900-1918.” 

Francis holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Duke University.  She currently teaches Spanish at Shenandoah University in Virginia.  

For further information about this class or the Lifelong Learning Institute, contact Gary Hong, program director, at 301-353-7869.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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