Amy Lowell correspondence
Correspondence of the American poet, Amy Lowell.
- Majority of material found within 1910-1925
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Extent18 linear feet (53 boxes)
Correspondence is with American and English poets as well as other literary figures. The collection includes letters to Amy Lowell from approximately 1400 different correspondents, copies of her outgoing letters (chiefly after 1913), some correspondence between others, and letters of condolence received by Lowell's companion, Ada Russell, and members of Lowell's family upon her death. Finally, there is a small amount of printed ephemera from organizations in which Lowell was involved.
Biographical / Historical
Amy Lowell (1874-1925) was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her brother, Abbot Lawrence Lowell, was president of Harvard University. At age 36, Lowell had her first poem published in the Atlantic Monthly. In 1912, her first book of poems, A dome of many colored glasses was published. She became associated with the Imagists poets when Ezra Pound, whom she had met on a trip to England, included one of her poems in his anthology, Des imagistes. Lowell wrote critical articles for periodicals in addition to her books of poetry and lectured frequently. She died in Brookline.
Arranged into five series:
- bMS Lowell 19: Letters to Amy Lowell.
- bMS Lowell 19.1: Letters from Amy Lowell.
- bMS Lowell 19.2: Other letters.
- bMS Lowell 19.3: Letters of condolence.
- bMS Lowell 19.4: Miscellaneous printed and other matter.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Bequest of Amy Lowell; received 1925.
2018M-86. Purchased from Wonder Book & Video, 2018 February.
This correspondence was bequeathed to Harvard University by Amy Lowell, and was received by the Poetry Room of the Widener Library shortly after Miss Lowell's death in 1925. At that time a checklist was made of the letters written to Amy Lowell, citing author, number of titles, and inclusive dates of the letters.
The following letters mentioned in the checklist have not been located:
- Gussac, William 1 letter 1910
- Hill, Constance 1 letter 1912
- Jackson, Lucy 1 letter 1925
- MacRae, John 1 letter 1925
- Myers, C. S. 1 letter 1925
- Perry, (Mrs.) T.S. 1 letter [n.d.]
- Russell, George 1 letter 1925
- Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925. Amy Lowell correspondence, 1883-1927: Guide.
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