Wilson Follett letters, 1954 - 1956Manuscript MS-1325

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Wilson Follett letters, 1954 - 1956

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1325

Collection Dates:

1954 - 1956

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


Wilson Follett (1887-1963), writer and editor. The collection consists of correspondence with Alice Cox, Kathleen Morrison, Robert Frost, Allan Angoff and Fillmore Hyde related to the publication of a forward to Sidney Cox's book on Robert Frost entitled "A Swinger of Birches." The collection documents Follett's repeated requests to Robert Frost for an introduction to the book. Typescript copies of the introductions are also included.

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Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The collection contains editorial correspondence between Follett and Alice Cox, (widow of Sidney Cox) as well as correspondence between Follett and Robert Frost, Kathleen Morrison and Allan Angoff and Fillmore Hyde (New York University Press). The correspondence focuses on the publication of Cox's book, "A Swinger of Birches," and Follett's repeated requests to Robert Frost for an introduction to the book. Typescript carbons of Robert Frost's initial draft as well as his revised draft of the introduction and some editorial notes and budget calculations are also included.


Wilson Follett was born Roy Wilson Follett on March 21, 1887, in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard College in 1909. After graduation, Follett taught English at a variety of colleges including Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College (1909-1912), Dartmouth College (1912-1914) and Brown University (1914-1918). He left teaching in 1918, and joined Yale University Press as an editor and later Alfred A. Knopf. In the early 1930s, Follett moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a freelance writer for motion picture studios. In 1932, he returned to the East Coast and settled with his third wife in Vermont. At the beginning of World War II, Follett returned to Knopf where he stayed until 1953. From 1953-1958, he worked for the New York University Press and from 1958-1963 for Hill & Wang. It was during his time at Hill & Wang that he wrote "Modern American Usage: A Guide," which was published posthumously in 1966. Follett's other publications include "Joseph Conrad: A Short Study of His Intellectual and Emotional Attitude toward His Work and the Chief Characteristics of His Novels" (1915), "The Modern Novel: A Study of the Purpose and the Meaning of Fiction" (written jointly with his wife Helen Thomas Follett, 1918) and "No More Sea" (1933). He also contributed numerous articles for such publications as the "Atlantic Monthly," Harper's Magazine," "New York Times Book Review" and the "Saturday Review." In addition Follett edited and translated books from German and French. He died on January 7, 1963.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Correspondence, 1954-1956

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Box: 1, Dates: 1954-1956

Correspondence with Alice Cox, Robert Frost, Kathleen Morrison,, Charles T. Davis and Allan Angoff regarding the publication of and introduction to Sidney Cox's "A Swinger of Birches"

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