He’s on the right, holding the Rembrandt, in this picture taken for a 1946 report (and kindly provided to us by The American Jewish Historical Society.) There’s a character in the movie based on Harry. The book it’s based on is gripping, so if you’re interested in World War II or art in the slightest, you’ll probably enjoy both.
For decades Lowell has had a very two-dimensional public image of having been difficult and crazy and generally not nice. But my father and many, many others who knew him well didn’t think of or remember him that way.
There’s also an accompanying audio podcast–an interview with me about the piece–that’s called Re-branding Robert Lowell. The tape I write about at length is in there: so please click, read and listen!