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MS Am 1629-1629.1

Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968, recipient. Witter Bynner letters from various correspondents, 1900-1958: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1629-1629.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968, recipient.
Title: Witter Bynner letters from various correspondents,
Date(s): 1900-1958.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Abstract: Letters to the American poet Witter Bynner from his friends and associates.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*60M-83. Gift of Witter Bynner, 342 Buena Vista Road Santa Fe, New Mexico; received: 1960 November 30.
MS Am 1629.1, photocopies of letters were gift of Dartmouth College Library; received: 1965 August 6.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Witter Bynner Letters from Various Correspondents, 1900-1958 (MS Am 1629-1629.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Bynner was an American poet and translator.

Scope and Contents

Chiefly letters to Bynner from literary friends and associates such as Mary Austin, Minnie Maddern Fiske, Robert Frost, Kahlil Gibran, Vachel Lindsay, Amy Lowell, William Sydney Porter (O. Henry), E. A. Robinson, Carl Sandburg, Sara Teasdale, and many others, on American literary criticism. Mary Austin's letters compliment Bynner's works and contain critical interpretations of their peer's works. The correspondence from Willa Cather divulges information about her youth as the starting point for her knowledge of western life. Frost's letters are personal in nature and inquire about family life while reminiscing on past encounters. Many letters from Laurence Housman discuss his own works, particularly the creation of his brother's (A.E. Housman) Memoirs. Laurence often discusses American politics, particulary the Second World War. Amy Lowell's letters discuss Bynner's reviews in The New Republic.
Also includes photocopies of Witter Byner's letters to others, and photocopies of miscellaneous poems, essays and fragments, both groups from the Dartmouth College Library.

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