Date Published: 1925-1969
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Louis Untermeyerwas an American poet, anthologist, critic, editor and translator of more than one hundred books for readers of all ages.. He is best remembered as a 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 13 items dating from 1925 to 1969, specifically 7 Typed Letter Signed ; 2 Other Typed Letters ; 3 Books and 1 Ephemera.
7 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")
• 3 TLS on personal printed letterhead of 310 West 100th Street, New York City, to Grace Hazard Conkling (American poet, professor at Smith College):
- 28 June 1920, 28 July 1928, and 2 September 1920, with one envelope, on literary matters, including references to her daughter, Hilda Conkling (a "child prodigy" poet), in part:
- 28 June 1920, “Don't accuse me of failing to follow your letter when you read my review of Hilda's book! Three weeks before… I impertinently suggested -- the printer has it now -- that Hilda's mother should lock her library of the 'best' modern poets, resign from all poetry societies and pack Hilda off to Tahiti or points adjacent. In a sense, you will tell me, that is what you are doing… We shall… be glad to have Hilda's picture and it shall go where it deserves to be placed, alongside the few real and poignant poets of our acquaintance. And you can make up for your 'indebtedness' in re 'Modern American Poetry' by sending on your own recent book. I want to use… one or two more of your poems in the contemplated amplified edition. As what the department stores call an 'extra inducement', I shall… send you my forthcoming 'Modern British Poetry' (due from the binder's in a fortnight or so), which will give you an idea of what the revised edition of the American companion volume will be like.";
- 28 July 1920, “I am sending The Dial to you (or rather a badly mauled clipping from it) containing my article on Hilda's book. It is the last thing I am doing before leaving for a month's solid loaf at a point removed from Literature, and everything else with a Capital"; and 2 September 1920, “Your book… contains several things which I knew and which I am glad to see between covers. There are two in particular which… I would like to use in the revised, simplified edition of 'Modern American Poetry', eliminating April in the Huasteca, which is in the present collection… 'The Whole Duty of Berkshire Brooks' and 'Frost on a Window'. I hope that you feel the same way that I do about these two”. Folds; some browning and soiling; else good overall.
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.
• 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.