Biography and History

Raymond Ellsworth Larsson was born in 1901 and grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His writing career began during high school, when he secured a job on the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Later, he went from newspaper to newspaper in cities like Marquette, Michigan, Boston, Massachusetts, and New York City. In 1923, he began writing poetry and felt inspired by abstract art. He went to France in 1926, visited England and Belgium, and then returned to America in 1928, thereafter publishing his first book, O City, Cities! (New York: Payson and Clarke, Ltd., 1929). In 1929, he became an advertising manager for a firm that later dissolved. Under the direction of the Jesuit and Paulist Fathers, he entered the Catholic Church in 1932. His published works include Wherefore: Peace (New York: Modern Editions Press, 1932), Poetry Out of Wisconsin (New York: H. Harrison, 1937), Weep and Prepare (New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1940), Saints at Prayer (New York: Coward-McCann, 1942), and Book Like a Bow Curved (University of Detroit Press, 1961).

Source: From the finding aid for C0320