Biography and History

Ridgely Torrence was an American poet, playwright, and editor of The New Republic. Born in 1875 in Xenia, Ohio, Torrence attended Miami University for two years before entering Princeton University as a junior. While at Princeton, he served on the editorial boards of the Nassau Literary Magazine and the Princeton Tiger. Upon graduation, Torrence moved to New York, where he worked as an editor of the Cosmopolitan and as poetry editor of The New Republic from 1920 to 1933. He published several books of verse, but he is better known for his close relationships with American poets and writers like Robert Frost, Edwin Markham, William Vaughn Moody, and Edwin Arlington Robinson. Torrence died in 1950.

Source: From the finding aid for C0172

Occupations

  • Poets, American -- 20th century..
  • Ridgely Torrence Papers. 1833-1952 (inclusive), 1890-1951 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0172

    Ridgely Torrence was an American poet, playwright, and editor of The New Republic, and his papers document the literary activity and relationship of a large group of American writers between the years 1890 and 1950. Particularly well-represented are American poets William Vaughn Moody and Edwin Arlington Robinson.