Biography and History

Louis O. Coxe was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, on April 15, 1918. He attended Saint Paul's School and Princeton University before serving in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1947. Over his lifetime, Coxe was a poet, playwright, critic, biographer, and professor. He taught at Princeton University, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, and Bowdoin College, and also lectured at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and L’Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille, France. As both poet and critic, Coxe disliked the post-Romantics, preferring a more realistic, masculine approach. He published one of his best works, The Sea Faring and Other Poems, in 1947. He passed away in 1993.

Source: From the finding aid for C0210

Biography and History

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Louis O. Coxe was an American poet. A 1940 graduate of Princeton University, Coxe taught English for brief periods at Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Minnesota before joining the faculty at Bowdoin College (1956), where he remained until his death.

Source: From the finding aid for C0730

  • Louis O. Coxe Collection. 1941-1977 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0210

    Louis O. Coxe (Princeton Class of 1940) was a noted twentieth-century poet, playwright, and critic. The collection contains autograph and typescript versions of Coxe's poetry and sixteen of Coxe's notebooks. Also included are materials for the play Billy Budd, such as notes, drafts, worksheets, galley proofs, and production notes.

  • Louis O. Coxe Letters to William Meredith. 1939-1984 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0730

    Consists of approximately 110 letters by Louis O. Coxe (Princeton Class of 1940) to his former classmate, fellow poet, and friend William Meredith, primarily during the 1940s and 1970s.