Date Published: 1925-1969
Louis Untermeyer (1885-1977) was an American poet, anthologist, critic, editor and translator of more than one hundred books for readers of all ages.. He will be best remembered as the prolific anthologist whose collections have introduced students to contemporary American poetry since 1919. Untermeyer was appointed the fourteenth Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1961.
This collection includes 15 items, specifically, 2 Autographed Letters Signed ; 6 Typed Letter Signed ; 2 Other Typed Letters ; 3 Books, 1 photo and 1 Ephemera. Covers time period from 1925 to 1969.
2 Autographed Letter Signed (ALS);
• ALS to William Rivers Washburn, 13 November 1929, with envelope, re the Phelps article, the Tennyson poem, and going abroad during the winter and then returning to the Adirondacks.
• ALS, n.d., addressed Dear Jim, “Best of luck to you. Sincerely”.
6 Typed Letter Signed (TLS);
• TLS to Mr. Carter, 7 July 1925, re Yesterday and Today: A Comparative Anthology of Poetry.
• TLS to Ted Robinson, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 18 April 1946, with envelope, re publication of Robinson’s poems (“Live, Love and the Weather”).
• TLS Typed signed poem entitled “Portrait of a Machine”, 1 p., n.d.
• TLS to Mr. Upton, 8 February 1940,
• TLS of poem ("Questions At Night")
• TLS to S.D. Green, 6 May 1925, re 8 students of [Trenton Senior High] having chosen Green as to be a business model, says that he is an artist not a business man, appends his poem entitled “On the Birth of a Child”
• TLS to Mr. Mayfield, 27 May 1959, re Nathalia Crane who is now married (Mrs. George Black), lives in California, has written several books.
2 Other Typed Letters;
• TLS from “The Macdonell Colony” written and signed by Jean Starr Untermeyer, 28 December 1969.
• TL entitled “From Another World Foreword by Letter”, 2 pp., From Another World; The Autobiography of Louis Untermeyer published in 1939 unsigned
• First Love: A Lyric Sequence (Boston: Sherman, French & Company, 1911), greenish blue cloth, very good, light edge wear with rubbing, signed card by Untermeyer on the front free endpaper.
• Moses (New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1928). Inscribed by Untermeyer in year of publication on front free endpaper, brown gold cloth near fine condition, in very good jacket.
• The Younger Choir (New York: Mood Publishing Company, 1910), #213 of 500 copies, cream cloth, very good copy in a worn and torn glassine wrapper. Owner's signature and signed card of Edwin Markham (introduction by Markham) on front free endpaper, Untermeyer’s poems on pp. 94-5.
• B&w photo, Cleveland Public Library, n.d.
• Signed card with a quotation from William Blake: “Great things are done when men and mountains meet | This is not done by jostling in the street.”
All material housed in a handsome clamshell box with a reproduction of the dust jacket of Moses on the box.
This Collection is on consignment with LDRB.