Date Published: 1903-1924
Taylor, Bert Leston was a journalist, doggerel poet, and humorist. At the height of his literary career, he was a central literary figure of the early 20th century Chicago renaissance as well as one of the most celebrated columnists in the United States .
William Bliss Carman (poet, essayist, journalist). As an integral member of the Confederation School of Canadian poetry, Carman’s work helped to shape a poetic voice in Canada. He is best remembered as a lyrical poet of the Maritime landscape.
Bert Leston Taylor mini-collection relating to Bliss Carman with contents dating from 1903 to 1924 and containing 8 items; 1 Autograph Manuscript Signed; 5 Books; 1 Ephemera, 1 Autographed Letter Signed by Carman and 1 Typed Carbon Letter Signed.
1 Autograph Manuscript Signed:
• AMS - 4 pp., 20 July 1903, being a fair copy of his poem, “Pandean Pipe Dreams” (a spoof of Bliss Carman’s poetry - Carman’s signature is pasted on the first page of the manuscript) which most likely appeared in the Chicago Tribune. This was later compiled as part of his book, A Line-o'-verse or Two.
• A Line-o'-verse or Two (Chicago: The Reilly & Britton Co., 1911). With a copy of the book, repaired edges otherwise very good condition, with a card signed by Carman pasted on to the front free endpaper.
• Green Shutter (Tavistock, Ontario, ) with a pasted in signed card "Yours sincerely, Bliss Carman" There is a quote printed on the front of the dust jacket by Carman regarding the 'To You' poem
• Later Poems (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1921), with an appreciation by R.H. Hathaway. Pale gray blue cloth with floral decoration on the upper board and endpapers by J.E.H. MacDonald. Loose on the front hinge with threads showing. Signed by Carman on the front free endpaper and below the frontispiece (dated 20 January 1924). Also signed by Arthur L. Phelps, a professor of English at Wesley, later United College. Pasted into the back of the book is an ALS from Carman to Miss L. Clements, Government House, Regina, Saskatchewan, 21 January 1924, telling her that the evening after the recital would be pleasant and less hurried.
• Odell Shepard, Bliss Carman (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1923), turquoise cloth, gilt lettering, dark green illustration of trilliums on upper board, in jacket (small tears on the spine panel). Decorations by J.E.H. MacDonald; some lettering by Thoreau MacDonald. Signed “Margaret Laurence” on the front free endpaper, but it is not considered the signature is actually that of the Canadian writer.
• 2 lines of verse signed by Carman, 10 February 1907;
1 Autographed Letter Signed:
• ALS from Carman to Mr. Busbee?, 20 January 1920, sending “the lines” and thanking him for the enclosure.
1 Typed Carbon Letter Signed:
• TLS from George A. Page of L.C. Page & Company to Elihu G. Loomis, 10 July 1905, re list of the stock of the two-volume set of Carman’s poems published by The H.M. Plimpton Company.
Housed in a very handsome light green cloth box with a facsimile of the front cover of A Line-o'-verse or Two on the front of the box.