Richmond Alexander Lattimore papers, 1927-1957 Rauner Manuscript MS-503

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Richmond Alexander Lattimore papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-503

Collection Dates:


Size of Collection:

.5 linear ft., 1 box


Richmond Alexander Lattimore (1906-1984), poet and classicist. Dartmouth College Class of 1926. Consists of literary and academic papers, including the manuscript and associated materials for "Hanover Poems" (1927) and notebooks containing his own poetry as well as translations of a portion of the "Iliad."

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Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Richmond Alexander Lattimore contain correspondence, as well as the manuscript and associated materials for "Hanover Poems" (1927), a typescript translation of "Beowulf," a typescript edition and translation of Aeschylus's "Agamemnon," and notebooks containing his own poetry, as well as translations of a portion of the "Iliad," and Pindar's "Olympia," "Isthmia," "Pythia," and "Nemea."


Richmond Alexander Lattimore was born on May 6, 1906 in Paotingfu, China. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1926.Richmond was a Rhodes Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, and received his B.A. in 1932, then received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1934. He joined the Department of Greek at Bryn Mawr College the following year. From 1943-1946, Lattimore served in the US Navy. After his service, he returned to Bryn Mawr until his retirement in 1971. In 1962, Lattimore translated the Revelation of John. He also completed translating the New Testament, which was published posthumously in 1996 with the title "The New Testament." Lattimore also wrote and published poems throughout his life. He died February 16, 1984.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1927-1957


Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence, 1930-1957
  • Folder: 2, "Hanover Poems," manuscript, 1927
  • Folder: 3, "Hanover Poems," unbound pages, 1927
  • Folder: 4, "Hanover Poems," galleys, 1927
  • Folder: 5, "Hanvoer Poems," cover and dustjacket, 1927
  • Folder: 6, "Beowulf," typescript with emendations, circa 1930
  • Folder: 7, Notebook with Latimore poetry and translations of Pindar, circa 1935
  • Folder: 8, Notebook with Latimore poetry and "Iliad 6" translations of Pindar, circa 1938
  • Folder: 9, "Iliad," 15-22 translation, undated
  • Folder: 10, "Agamemnon," typescript with emendations of edition, undated
  • Folder: 11, "Twelve Greek Lyrics," mimeographed for class use, 1949

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