Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00162 - Bliss Carman Papers

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Bliss Carman Papers


  • 1904-1928 (Creation)

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1 box (25 cm); 7 vols

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William Bliss Carman (1861-1929) was an editor, essayist and poet. He was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the son of William Carman and Sophia Mary Bliss. In 1908 he met Madeleine Galbraith at a reception following her appearance in a play at Hart House, University of Toronto. She later lived in New York, studied acting and toured with several companies. He died in New Canaan, Connecticut. Carman went to Collegiate Grammar School in Fredericton with his cousin Charles G.D. Roberts. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1881 after which he attended Edinburgh University in Scotland for two years. In 1883 he returned to Fredericton where he taught at Collegiate Grammar School and read law, receiving an M.A. in 1884. From 1886 to 1888 he did post graduate work in history and philosophy at Harvard. Subsequently, he was employed on the editorial staffs of various literary publications in New York, Chicago and Boston, including The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, Current Literature, The Chapbook, The Independent, Literary World, and The Outlook. In 1896 Carman met Dr. Morris Lee King and his wife, Mary Perry King. He collaborated with Mrs. King on The Making of Personality (1908) and on several other books, brochures, masques and interpretive dances. In 1908 he moved to New Canaan, Connecticut, near the King’s estate, where he devoted the later years of his life solely to writing poetry. In 1925 Carman was made Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 1906 he was awarded an LL.D. by the University of New Brunswick, and in 1928 he received the Lorne Pierce Gold Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. Posthumously, he received a medal from the Poetry Society of America. Carman’s publications include: Poetry: Low Tide on Grand Pré (1893), Behind the Arras: a Book of the Unseen (1894), Songs from Vagabondia (1894-1900), A Sea Mark (1895), From the Book of Myths (1902), The Pipes of Pan (1902-1905), The Green Book of the Bards (1903), Songs of the Sea Children (1904), Collected Poems (1904), The World’s Best Poetry (1904), Sappho (1905), Echoes from Vagabondia (1912). Masques: Daughters of Dawn (1913), Earth Deities and other Masques (1914), Later Poems (1922), Wild Garden (1929), The Music of Earth (1931). Essays and other works of non-fiction: The Kinship of Nature (1903), The Poetry of Life (1904), The Making of Personality (1908), Talks on Poetry and Life (1926), The Oxford Book of American Verse (1927). See: Canadian Encyclopedia, 1985, p. 291.

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Items originally in possession of Mary King Perry of New Canaan, Conn. with whom Carman collaborated in several books.

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Collection of printed works with extensive manuscript revisions, partly in author's hand, and 48 photos of actresses in costume as characters from Daughters of Dawn; miscellaneous photos of Bliss Carman and others.

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  • English

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