Date Published: 1922 to 1939
Genevieve Taggard was an American poet of thirteen poetry collections. The author of the biography The Life and Mind of Emily Dickinson (1930), she edited the anthologies May Days: An Anthology of Verse from Masses-Liberator (1925) and Circumference: Varieties of Metaphysical Verse, 1456-1928 (1929). She was a contributing editor to the Marxist journal The New Masses.
The collection consists of 21 items dating from 1922 to 1939, specifically five letters and notes written by Taggard, five letters written by others related to Taggard, three books (two with ALS), a program, two B&W photos, and several news clippings.
4 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS) and two signed note:
• 2 ALS from Taggard to Higgins, all in their original envelopes.
• 2 Short notes one signed with Taggard's initials.
6 Letters to Taggard :
• 1 letter from the NY Public Library to Taggard's friend Elysabeth Barbour Higgins.
• 4 letters from Ken Durant, the compiler of the Taggard collection, soliciting advice and materials from Higgins.
• 1 letter from an employer sent to Taggard at her Sarah Lawrence office asking for a letter of recommendation.
• For Eager Lovers (New York: Thomas Seltzer, 1922). Her first book. Green patterned paper boards with paper labels affixed to the spine and upper board. Chipped good jacket with references on the back panel to other books of poetry (John Cowper Powys, D.H. Lawrence, etc.). Offsetting to front free endpaper and the jacket's front panel.
With an ALS to Mr. G'Day, n.d., referring to "the space & kind words squandered in my classes", sends him a copy of For Eager Loves, "which will prove that I 'm neither Witter Bynner 's 'pupil', nor an ultra modernist, I hope."
• Words for the Chisel (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926). Green cloth, signed on front free endpaper.
With an ALS to Adelaide W. Simonds, envelope post-marked 26 October 1928, re her being in southern France and that she would be pleased to do a reading when she returns to America.
• Slow Music (New York: Harper Brothers, 1946). Taggard's last book. Red cloth in jacket. Bookplate of Elysabeth Higgins on front free endpaper. Clean and unmarked text.
2 B&W Photos:
• 2 glossy b&w photos of Taggard , each 3 x 4 inches.
• William Schuman. Prologue for full chorus of mixed voices and orchestra to a poem by Genevieve Taggard. New York: G. Schirmer, Inc., 1939.
• Sheet music. 12 pp. 262 x 175 mm. On front wrapper is a rubber stamp impression of former owner, the singer Robert Arnold. William Schuman (1911?-1992) was a composer with a distinctly American style who won two Pulitzer Prizes.
• Obit from the NY
• Times, Sun and Saturday Review.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.