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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Jeremy Ingalls Papers 1942-1954

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Ingalls, Jeremy. Papers

Dates:

1942-1954

Size:

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Jeremy Ingalls (1911-2000), poet and scholar of Chinese and English literature. The collection includes letters from writers, rough drafts and copies of Ingalls’ poems, correspondence about her work, and notes for a lecture to writers.

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Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Ingalls, Jeremy. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Jeremy Ingalls was born Mildred Dodge Jeremy Ingalls in Massachusetts in 1911. She received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Tufts University and was a scholar of Chinese and English literature. She was for some years Resident Poet, Professor of Asian Studies, and later head of the English Department, at Rockford College. She later taught at Western College in Ohio.

In 1941 Ingalls' book of poems The Metaphysical Sword appeared in the Yale Series of Younger Poets, edited by Stephen Vincent Benet. Mr. Benet wrote in his preface of the poet's difference from most young poets in her writing about "spiritual experience."

In 1943 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on her long poem "The Thunder Saga of Tahl,” published in 1945 by Knopf. On December 1, 1932 she read her poetry in the Harriet Monroe Library. Ingalls also wrote books of prose: A Book of Legends (1941) and The Galilean Way (1945) and translated several Chinese titles.

Ingalls retired to Tucson, Arizona in the 1960s and died there in 2000.

Scope Note

The collection includes letters from writers, rough drafts and copies of Ingalls’ poems, correspondence about her work, and notes for a lecture to writers.

Most of the material is arranged alphabetically according to the last name of the correspondent, with indication of the number of letters from each person. The remainder is arranged chronologically in two sections: correspondence with various publishers, and correspondence from friends and admirers. The last two folders consist of clippings, reviews, and note and galley proofs.

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Box 1   Folder 1

Apprentice poets: with letter of explanation from a Tufts College faculty member, Mar 27, 1942;

  • Sven Magnus Armens (2) May 20, 1942; May 1, 1943;
  • Connie Rosebaugh (2) Jan 5, 1943; Jan 11, 1943
  • Benét, Laura (1) no date
  • Boyle, James Le B. (1) [1941]
  • Broomell, Myron H. (1) Oct 8, 1942
  • Canby, Marion (1) Jul 21, 1951
  • Daiches, David (3) and postcard Jun 2, 27; Jul 5;
  • Nov 6, 1941.
  • JI to DD TC (1) Jul 27, 1942
  • Eberhar, Richard (1) Sep 8, 1951
  • Hay, Sara Henderson (2) Nov 23, 1942. Jul 19, 1951
  • Homes, John (36) Jan 5, 1941-Aug 27, 1952
Box 1   Folder 2

L-NE

  • Lindsay, Elizabeth Conner (1) Nov 8, 1932
  • Wakefield, Olive Lindsay (1) Aug 12; Dec 17, 1941
  • Marquand, John P. (1) Jan 26, 1942
  • Maynard, Theodore (1) Dec 1, 1941
  • Merriam, Eve (18) [1942]. Feb 19, 1942-Aug 6, 1943
  • Nevius, Blake (10) Oct 17, 1941-Feb 27 [1943?]
Box 1   Folder 3

NI-S

  • Niebuhr, Reinhold (2) Jan 28, 29, 1942
  • Norse, Harold (2) Jan 15; May 3, 1943
  • Rodman, Selden (16) Mar 6, 1942-Sep 17, 1943
  • Salomon, I. L. (5) Oct 23, 1951-Oct 17, 1954
  • Schevill, Ferdinand (1) Feb 1, 1951
  • Spire, André (18) Nov 19, 1942-Sep 2, 1951
  • Stephen Stepanchev (9) Sep 20, 1941-Jan 2, 1943
Box 1   Folder 4

T-Y

  • Torrence, Ridgely (2) Nov 11, 1941, Aug 16, 1943
  • Waggoner, Hyatt Home (5) Nov 14, 1951-Nov 24, 1952
  • Walker, Margaret (1) no date
  • Walsh, Chad (5) June 22, 1951-Dec 16, ?
  • Wilder, Thornton (6) Apr 6, 1942-May 18, 1947
  • Wilder, Amos (1) Aug 31, ?
  • Wilder, Isabel (1) Oct 7, 1941
  • Young, Marguerite (20) [1941]-Jan 22, 1943
Box 1   Folder 5

Correspondence from publishers, 1941-1943

Box 1   Folder 6

Congratulatory correspondence from friends and admirers, 1940-1951

Box 1   Folder 7

Clippings and reviews, The Metaphysical Sword, A Book of Legends, "The Invasion of Greece," and the Yale Poetry Award

Box 1   Folder 8

Handwritten notes and poems; galley proofs; and printed copy of "Ballad of Times and Men," a poem set to music