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Collection Overview

Creator:
Gordon, Caroline, 1895-1981
Title:
Caroline Gordon Letters to Morris Gordon
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/ft848q66f
Dates:
1963-1977
Size:
1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of 45 letters by American novelist Caroline Gordon to her brother, Morris Meriwether Gordon, and his wife, Polly.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists of 45 letters by Gordon to her brother, Morris Meriwether Gordon, and his wife, Polly.

Collection Creator Biography:

Gordon, Caroline, 1895-1981

Caroline Ferguson Gordon was an American teacher, literary critic and novelist. Born on October 6, 1895, she grew up on a farm in Kentucky. Gordon graduated from Bethany College in West Virginia, in 1916 and began her career working as a writer for the Chattanooga Reporter until 1924. In 1925 she married Allen Tate, a poet and literary critic associated with the Southern Agrarian literary movement. Together they pursued their careers in writing, forging close bonds with other writers such as Robert Lowell, Hart Crane, Flannery O'Connor and Katherine Anne Porter. In 1931, Caroline published her first novel, Penhally, and in 1934 released her most popular work Aleck Maury, Sportsman. "Old Red," her best known story, published in Scribner's Magazine, was awarded a second-place O. Henry Award in 1934. She also received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1932. Her relationship with Tate grew volatile, and they divorced, remarried, and finally divorced permanently in 1959. Caroline continued to move around the country throughout her life, living at various times in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, and Washington state. In 1978 she moved to San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico, to be with her daughter and died there on April 11, 1981.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Purchased from Meriwether Gordon (AM85-76).

Appraisal

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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:

Caroline Gordon Letters to Morris Gordon; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/ft848q66f
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184