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Robert Peters, poet and longtime UC Irvine professor, dies at 89
Robert Peters, poet and longtime UC Irvine professor, dies at 89

Robert Peters, a Victorian literature scholar who became a prolific poet and brusque critic during a three-decade career at the University of California, died Friday in Irvine. He was 89. Peters, who was also a memoirist and performer of his own works, had heart problems and dementia, said his spouse, Paul Trachtenberg. Compelled to write poetry after the death of a young son, Peters produced more than 30 collections, beginning in 1967 with "Songs for a Son." Over the next decades, his subjects ranged from the intensely personal to ruminations on historical figures such as Shakers leader Mother Ann Lee and novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne. His reviews of contemporary poetry...

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