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Guide to the Amy Lowell Papers, 1916 - 1925

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925
Title: Amy Lowell Papers,
Dates: 1916 - 1925
Quantity: 59 letters
Abstract: Fifty-one letters from Lowell to Elisabeth B. Cutting, 1916-1925, two letters to Thomas Boyd, 1923; and two letters to other editors of North American Review, 1916. There are also four letters to Cutting from Ada Russell and W.W. Kean, 1919-1925, about Amy Lowell.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence.

Biographical Note

Amy Lowell (1874-1925), American poet, biographer, critic, and celebrity, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Born to the wealth, culture, and intellectual distinction of the famous Lowell family, as a young woman she lived the life of a Boston socialite. She was a debutante, she travelled abroad, and she gave her share of service to civic and cultural affairs. Shortly after the turn of the century, Amy Lowell, determined to become a poet and writer, dropped many of her social obligations. Her first book of poems, A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass, was published in 1912. From then until her death, Amy Lowell wrote and published regularly both poetry and critical works. Strongly influenced by Harriet Monroe's Poetry magazine, she recognized her own poetic identity with "Imagism" and the new poetry, and became a dominating figure in the movement. Her eccentricity was notorious; and her charm, intelligence, and vibrancy won her many friends and admirers. In her later years Amy Lowell suffered frequently from ill health; at the age of fifty-one, she died of a cerebral hemorrhage not long after she had completed her biography of Keats. This was her most important critical work and ranks among the greatest biographies in English literature

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Scope and Content Note

Fifty-one letters from Lowell to Elisabeth B. Cutting, 1916-1925, an editor at the North American Review, concerning articles for the magazine, her poetry, speaking engagements, other writers such as Richard Hunt, Mrs. Kizer, and Winifred Bryher, critics of her writing, the New Poetry, her friend Mrs. Ada Russell, her health, her memories of James Russell Lowell, her work with Chinese poetry, being on tour, and other aspects of her literary work; two letters to Thomas Boyd, 1923; and two letters to other editors of North American Review, 1916. There are also four letters to Cutting from Ada Russell and W.W. Kean, 1919-1925, about Amy Lowell.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Boyd, Thomas, 1898-1935.
  • Bryher, 1894-
  • Bryher, Winifred, 1894-
  • Cutting, Elizabeth Brown, d. 1946.
  • Hunt, Richard.
  • Kean, W. W.
  • Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891.
  • Russell, Ada, 1879-

Subjects:

  • American poetry.
  • Chinese poetry.
  • Critics.
  • Literature publishing.
  • Women poets.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, February 2007.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Amy Lowell Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Estate of Elisabeth Brown Cutting (VC 1893) and gift of Ruth Fitch Mason (VC 1892).

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