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MS Am 1854.2

Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933. John Jay Chapman correspondence and compositions, 1841-1940: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1854.2
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933.
Title: John Jay Chapman correspondence and compositions,
Date(s): 1841-1940.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of American poet and reformer John Jay Chapman with literary and political associates as well as compositions relating to Chapman's book Lucian, Plato and Greek mortals.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*48M-191. Gift of Mr. W. Stephen Thomas, Rochester Museum of Arts & Sciences, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, New York; received: 1948 December 16.
In memory of William Sturgis Thomas, M.D.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John Jay Chapman Correspondence and Compositions, 1841-1940 (MS Am 1854.2). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Chapman was an American essayist, poet, and reformer.


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

Contains letters from various friends to Chapman, mostly praising his books and translations, in particular his Dante translation. Letters also discuss book reviews by Chapman, a London Times article about his work, poets, religion, and finances. Collection also contains a letter Chapman wrote to the editor of the New York Times, and a sermon about Chapman. Also includes compositions by Chapman, including translations of Sophocles' Antigone, and Lucian's the Free Lance and Death, Lucian Attacks Pederasty, and Lucian and Plato. Collection also includes poems, clippings, translations, lectures, and notes.

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