Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Thompson, J.M. mss. II, 1874-1899, are letters and manuscripts of James Maurice Thompson, 1844-1901, author.

The letters are written by Thompson to Henry Chandler Bowen, editor of The Independent; A.H. Dooley, editor and publisher; Edmund Clarence Stedman, poet; and Stone & Kimball publishers. They relate in the main to Thompson's writings; their publication, reviews of them and their sales. There are also some comments on other poets, particularly Edgar Fawcett and Walt Whitman.

Manuscripts other than letters in the collection are a poem "Before dawn," July 31, 1888 by Thompson, and a statement by him on how he "came to be a writer," November 14, 1893.

Three photographs of Thompson are also included.

Collection size: 53 items

Related manuscripts: Thompson, J.M. mss.

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.