In a letter to Allen Tate on March 15, 1950, Lowell describes his life in Iowa City:
All has turned out very well. We are living in a large light room and kitchen, furnished with borrowings, pick-ups, and two packing trunks–our own, and large as garages. The Macauleys are a block down the street, and the Wests a few blocks to the south in a frail brick Wormwood house with urns on the lawn….Every afternoon a pack of very harmless and sorry-looking stray dogs settles on our pathway. This is one of the marks of Iowa City; the others are high-brow movies, the new criticism, a quarter of an inch of ice, and the Benasek murder trial, which Elizabeth is moving heaven and earth to enter as an accredited reporter.
Doreski, William. The Years of Our Friendship: Robert Lowell and Allen Tate. Ch. 3 “Literary Peers.” The University Press of Mississippi: 1990. p 93. Print.