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Boynton Papers, 1897-1939
13 archives boxes (6.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Correspondence, notes, reviews and clippings documenting the literary career of Henry Walcott Boynton. The collection includes handwritten drafts of plays, prose and poems, and drafts of stories written under the pseudonym John Walcott. Correspondence is chiefly with magazine and book publishers, including the Atlantic Monthly, The Bookman and The Nation.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Boynton Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Boynton Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

Henry Walcott Boynton was born in 1869 in Guilford, Connecticut. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 1891, and his Master of Arts in 1893, both from Amherst College. From 1892 to 1901 Boynton was head of the department of English at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. After 1901 he devoted himself to writing. He was chief reviewer for the Atlantic Monthly from 1901 to 1904. He was on the regular staff of the Nation and the New York Evening Post beginning in 1912. He wrote criticism for the Bookman beginning in 1915. Boynton died in 1947.

Boynton was the author or editor of at least twenty-four books, often using his pseudonym, John Walcott. His works include: Life of Washington Irving (1901); The Golfer's Rubaiyat (1901); Bret Harte (1903); A Reader's History of American Literature (1903, with T.W. Higginson); Journalism and Literature (1904); Guenever, a Romantic Play (1905); The World's Leading Poets (1911); James Fenimore Cooper (1931); and Annals of American Bookselling (1932). Boynton's edited texts with introduction and notes include: Selections from Carlyle (1895); Tennyson's The Princess (1896); Milton's Paradise Lost (1897); Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield (1899); Pope's The Rape of the Lock (1901); Mrs. Ewing's Jackanapes (1902); Miss Martineau's The Prince and the Peasant (1902); Pope's Complete Poetical Works (Cambridge edition) (1902); Tennyson's Idylls of the King (1903); and Selected Poems for Secondary Schools (1911).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, notes, reviews and clippings documenting the literary career of Henry Walcott Boynton. The collection includes handwritten drafts of plays ("Dr. Lavendar," "Guenever," "Pompilia," "Flood Tide," etc.), prose and poems, and drafts of stories written under the pseudonym John Walcott. Correspondence is chiefly with magazine and book publishers, including the Atlantic Monthly, The Bookman and The Nation.

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Boynton Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Boynton Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Henry Walcott Boynton Papers [Box #, folder #] , Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information
Finding Aid:Revised November 1999
Edited by:Daria D'Arienzo, Archivist of the College
Listed by:Margaret R. Dakin, Archives and Special Collections Associate


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Section 1: CORRESPONDENCE



Sub-section A: Outgoing Correspondence
Sub-section B: Incoming Correspondence

The correspondence is mainly from publishers and magazines concerning Boynton's work. Those letters are filed by publisher. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically.

Sub-section A: Outgoing Correspondence



Letters to others from others


Box 1: folder 1
Letters from Boynton, A-Z


Box 1: folder 2
Sub-section B: Incoming Correspondence



Illegible signatures


Box 1: folder 3
A - All


Box 1: folder 4
Allyn and Bacon


Box 1: folder 5
Am - D. Appleton Century Co.


Box 1: folder 6
Atlantic Monthly - Az


Box 1: folder 7
Badger, Richard G., Publisher - Boni and Liveright, Inc.


Box 1: folder 8
The Bookman


Box 1: folder 9
Bos - Bz


Box 2: folder 1
C - The Century Co.


Box 2: folder 2
Ch - Con


Box 2: folder 3
Cooper, James F.


Box 2: folder 4
James Fenimore Cooper Junior High School Memorial Committee - The Critic - Cz


Box 2: folder 5
D - The Delineator - The Dial - George H. Doran Co. - Duffield and Co. - Dz


Box 2: folder 6
E - Ez


Box 2: folder 7
F - Fox, Duffield and Co. - Fz


Box 2: folder 8
G - Ginn and Co. - The Grafton Press - Gz


Box 3: folder 1
H - Harper and Bros, Publishers - Henry Holt and Co. - Houghton, Mifflin and Co. - Hz


Box 3: folder 2
I - The Independent and Weekly Review - Iz


Box 3: folder 3
J


Box 3: folder 4
K - Kauser, Alice, dramatist's agent - Kz


Box 3: folder 5
L - Library of the World's Best Literature - Literary Review - Little, Brown and Co. - Horace Liveright, Publisher - Longmans, Green and Co. - Lz


Box 3: folder 6
M - McClure Co. - MacMillan Co. - A.N. Marquis and Co. - Mz


Box 3: folder 7
N - The Nation


Box 4: folder 1
National - New International Encyclopedia - New York (the journal) - New York Evening Post - New York Times - New York Tribune - Nz


Box 4: folder 2
O - The Outlook Co.


Box 4: folder 3
P - Paget Literary Agency - The Providence Journal and Evening Bulletin - Putnam's Monthly


Box 4: folder 4
R - The Reader Magazine - The Review - Rz


Box 4: folder 5
S - The Saturday Evening Post - The Saturday Review of Literature - Charles Scribner's Sons - The Shortstory Publishing Co. - Sibley and Ducker Herbert S. Stone and Co. - The Stratford Co.


Box 5: folder 1
The Sun
1924-26

Box 5: folder 2
The Sun - Sz
1927-37

Box 5: folder 3
T


Box 5: folder 4
U - The Unpopular Review


Box 5: folder 5
V


Box 5: folder 6
W - The Weekly Review - John Wiley and Sons, Inc. The World's Work - Wz


Box 5: folder 7
Y


Box 5: folder 8
Z


Box 5: folder 9
Contracts with publishers


Box 5: folder 10
Section 2: DR. LAVENDAR, PLAY



Sub-section A: Correspondence
Sub-section B: Notes

Sub-section A: Correspondence



Letters from Boynton


Box 6: folder 1
Letters to Boynton


Box 6: folder 2
Sub-section B: Notes



Notes


Box 6: folder 3
Notes


Box 6: folder 4
Notes


Box 6: folder 5
Section 3: MANUSCRIPTS OF PLAYS AND BOOKS



Contains handwritten drafts, typed drafts, and photocopies of play and books.

Dr. Lavendar - four acts (complete), typewritten script


Box 7: folder 1
Dr. Lavendar - three acts (short version), typewritten script


Box 7: folder 2
Guenever - A Romance, typewritten manuscript


Box 7: folder 3
Pompilia - A Dramatic Study of the Ring and the Book - in five acts, handwritten manuscript


Box 7: folder 4
Pompilia - A Dramatic Study of the Ring and the Book - in five acts, photocopy


Box 7: folder 5
Flood Tide, A Play in Three Acts, typewritten script


Box 7: folder 6
Flood Tide, A Play in Three Acts, photocopy


Box 7: folder 7
Flood Tide, miscellaneous pages


Box 7: folder 8
One of Our Personages, Samuel Finley Breese Morse, typewritten manuscript


Box 8: folder 1
One of Our Personages, Samuel Finley Breese Morse, photocopy of book


Box 8: folder 2
Section 4: MANUSCRIPTS OF POETRY



Contains handwritten drafts, typed drafts, and photocopies of poetry.

Photocopies of poems, with critical letter from Professor John F. Genung


Box 8: folder 3
Manuscript of class poem
1891 Jun 22

Box 8: folder 4
Book of poetry, handwritten
1898-99

Box 8: folder 5
Book of poetry, handwritten
1898

Box 8: folder 6
Poetry, typewritten manuscripts


Box 8: folder 7
Poetry about Massasoit


Box 8: folder 8
Poetry


Box 8: folder 9
Section 5: BOYNTON WRITING UNDER PSEUDONYM JOHN WALCOTT



Contains stories and miscellaneous material by Boynton, writing under the pseudonym John Walcott.

Short stories for lectures


Box 9: folder 1
Short stories, some printed


Box 9: folder 2
Miscellaneous pages of short stories


Box 9: folder 3
Section 6: SCRAPBOOK ON GUENEVER



Includes correspondence with Julia Marlowe.

Scrapbook-contains correspondence


Box 10
Section 7: BOOKS OF CLIPPINGS AND REVIEWS BY BOYNTON



Includes material from 1897-1937.

[Unnumbered book]
1906-1937

Box 11
Book I
1897-1902

Box 11
Book II
1902-1903

Box 11
Book III
1903-1904

Box 11
Book IV
1904

Box 11
Book V
1905-1907

Box 11
Book VI
1907-1909

Box 11
Book VII
1910-1915

Box 11
Section 8: NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS



Miscellaneous clippings


Box 12
Section 9: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS



Writings on war


Box 13: folder 1
Lecture on "Browning and Landor"


Box 13: folder 2
Miscellaneous papers


Box 13: folder 3
"Literature by Piecemeal" in The English Journal,
1934

Box 13: folder 4
"Along New England's Book Trails" in Yankee Magazine, January 1939, pp. 24 and 27
1939

Box 13: folder 5
Miscellaneous papers and clippings including some reviews of Annals of American Bookselling, by Boynton


Box 13: folder 6

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Subjects
  • Atlantic Monthly.
  • Bookman.
  • Boynton, Henry Walcott, 1869-1947.
  • Boynton, Henry Walcott, 1869-1947. Dr. Lavendar--Sources.
  • Boynton, Henry Walcott, 1869-1947. Flood tide--Sources.
  • Boynton, Henry Walcott, 1869-1947. Guenever--Sources.
  • Boynton, Henry Walcott, 1869-1947. Pompilia--Sources.
  • Criticism--Sources.
  • Journalism--Sources.
  • Literature--History and criticism--Sources.
  • Nation.
  • New York post.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1891. Boynton.


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