Harley Farnsworth MacNair and Florence Wheelock Ayscough diaries
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Biographical / Historical
Florence Wheelock Ayscough (1878-1942) (FWA) was born in Shanghai, China, the daughter of a Canadian business-man father and an American mother. She lived in China until she was eleven, when her parents returned to the United States. In her early twenties, she returned to China and eventually married Francis Ayscough, a British importer living in Shanghai. They periodically visited the U.S., while residing in China. FWA developed as a writer and a translator of Chinese poetry and eventually became a friend of the American poet, Amy Lowell, who she had first met in Boston when they were both girls. They worked together on various publishing projects, especially: Fir-flower tablets : poems translated from the Chinese / by Florence Asycough ; English versions by Amy Lowell. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1921. Francis Ayscough died in 1935 while they were living in Chicago. FWA married Harley MacNair shortly after, having originally met him in China in 1916. . After their marriage, their home in Chicago became the gathering place for persons concerned with China.
- I. Harley Farnsworth MacNair diaries
- II. Florence Wheelock Ayscough diaries
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Ayscough, Florence Wheelock. Florence Ayscough & Amy Lowell; correspondence of a friendship. Edited with a preface by Harley Farnsworth MacNair. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1945.
- MacNair, Harley Farnsworth, editor. The incomparable lady; tributes and other memorabilia pertaining to Florence Wheelock Ayscough macNair. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1946.
- Harley Farnsworth MacNair and Florence Wheelock Ayscough diaries, 1903-1945: Guide.
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