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- Bogan, Louise, 1897-1970
- Louise Bogan Papers
- Manuscripts Division
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- 5 boxes and 2.1 linear feet
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-5
Consists primarily of drafts, notes, fragments and final copies of American poet Louise Bogan's critical essays on modern literature, published in prestigious American journals. There are a few poetry manuscripts and even fewer pieces of correspondence.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of selected notes, drafts, holograph and typescript manuscripts, and correspondence of Bogan. Included are her translation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's novel Elective Affinities and a large number of critical essays concerning the works of W. H. Auden, R. P. Blackmur, Elizabeth Bowen, Isak Dinesen, Paul Eluard, Andre Gide, Goethe, Henry James, Ezra Pound, Rainer Maria Rilke, Paul Rosenfeld, Paul Valery, Virginia Woolf, W. B. Yeats, and others. Also present are book and poetry reviews for the New Yorker; lectures on poetry; essays on folk art and literary criticism; poems and galley proofs for Poems and New Poems (1941); a small selection of poems by Herbert Cahoon; and correspondence containing some letters from Jerome Mellquist.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Bogan, Louise, 1897-1970
Louise Bogan was born in Livermore Falls, Maine, in 1897. She attended Boston Girls' Latin School and spent one year at Boston University. She married in 1916 and was widowed in 1920. She was married again in 1925 to the poet Raymond Holden whom she divorced in 1937. In addition to publishing six highly acclaimed volumes of poetry and a number of collaborative translations, Bogan wrote and compiled three volumes of literary criticism. Her critical essays appeared in such periodicals as Nation, New Republic, and Partisan Review, and her "Verse" column was published regularly in The New Yorker from 1931-1968. She was reclusive and disliked talking about herself, and for that reason details are scarce regarding her private life. Blue Estuaries: Poems, 1923-1968, is an overview of her life's work in poetry. She died in New York City in 1970.
The Bogan collection was given to Princeton University by the author in 1952 .
- Custodial History:
The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed by Margaret Rich in 2003 . Finding aid written by Margaret Rich in 2003 .
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
Louise Bogan Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Publication Note:
Some of the manuscripts and notes found in draft form in the collection came to print in the following publications: Nation, New Republic, New Yorker, Partisan Review, Atlantic Monthly.
- Subject Terms:
- American poetry -- History and criticism -- 20th century.
German fiction -- Translations into English.
Poets, American -- 20th century.
Women poets, American -- 20th century.
- Genre Terms:
- Essays -- 20th century.
Galley Proofs (Printing) -- 20th century.
Poems -- 20th century.
- Auden, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973
Blackmur, R. P. (Richard P.), 1904-1965
Bowen, Elizabeth, 1899-1973.
Dinesen, Isak, 1885-1962
Éluard, Paul, 1895-1952
Gide, André, 1869-1951
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von 1749-1832
James, Henry, 1843-1916.
Joyce, James, 1882-1941
Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972.
Rilke, Rainer Maria, 1875-1926.
Rosenfeld, Paul, 1890-1946
Valéry, Paul, 1871-1945
Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939.