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Ingalls, Jeremy. Papers
0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Special Collections Research Center
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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Jeremy Ingalls was born Mildred Dodge Jeremy Ingalls in Massachusetts in 1911. She received Bachelors and Masters 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.
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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Apprentice poets: with letter of explanation from a Tufts College faculty member, Mar 27, 1942;
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Correspondence from publishers, 1941-1943
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Congratulatory correspondence from friends and admirers, 1940-1951
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Clippings and reviews, The Metaphysical Sword, A Book of Legends, "The Invasion of Greece," and the Yale Poetry Award
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Handwritten notes and poems; galley proofs; and printed copy of "Ballad of Times and Men," a poem set to music