Collection ID1755 - Bliss Carman

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Bliss Carman

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CA MNBM ID1755

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  • 1915-1924 (Creation)
    Creator
    Carman, Bliss

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2 pp. of textual records

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(1861-1929)

Biographical history

The creator of this collection is unknown. Bliss Carman (1861-1929), poet and essayist, was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the son of William Carman (d.1885), a Chatham lawyer and member of the New Brunswick Legislature, and Sophia Mary Bliss, his second wife. He was educated at the Collegiate School in Fredericton and the universities of New Brunswick, Edinburgh and Harvard.

In 1890, Bliss Carman went to New York where he became literary editor of the "Independent". He gradually turned from journalism to purely literary work, becoming Canada's poet laureate in his later years. When his health was threatened in 1908, he moved to New Canaan, Connecticut, where he died unmarried. Many of his poems were first issued in broadsheets and on Christmas cards.

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Scope and content

This collection consists of a letter written by Bliss Carman in 1915 while he was living in Haines Falls, NY., and addressed to Glen Walton Blodgett in Buffalo. Carman writes that he is honoured to be invited to a function in the company of distinguished guests. There is also a copy of the poem "In Excelsis", dated Christmas 1924, and printed on a single sheet of deckled, heavy weight paper. Both items bear Bliss Carman's signature.

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Purchased in 1967

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  • English

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