Robert Lowell at the Jefferson Hotel

Robert Lowell at the Jefferson Hotel


The Jefferson Hotel
129 E. Washington St. (Current Jefferson Building)

Robert Sullivan remembers receiving a phone call from Robert Lowell when he was staying at the Jefferson Hotel in downtown Iowa City:

[There was a call] from the Jefferson Hotel, not more than a mile or two from our apartment. The caller was Robert Lowell. I had not seen him or been in touch with him since Easter weekend, 1943, when he and Jean Stafford were living with Allen and Caroline T?te. I was surprised that Cal [Lowell’s nickname] remembered me, more surprised that he knew I was in Iowa, and even more surprised that he had found somebody, most likely Paul Engle, the director of the Writers’ Workshop, who knew how we could be reached. Cal even knew that I was married, and he invited Jane and me to come to his room. He was lonely. Would we come?


Sullivan, Walter. “Carousing With People, Walking with Dogs in Iowa City.” The Sewanee Review 112.4 (2004): 570-83. JSTOR. The Johns Hopkins University Press. Web. 29 Aug. 2016.