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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
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Language
English.