Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The West mss., 1937-1952, consist of writings, letters, and pictures of or relating to Robert Frost, 1874-1963, poet, collected by Herbert Faulkner West, 1898-1974, professor of comparative literature at Darmouth College.

Professor West acted as guest editor of the Robert Frost issue of The New Hampshire Troubadour, volume XVI, number 8, November 1946. The printer's copy of the manuscript of this issue, as well as galley proof, page proof, a copy of the printed issue autographed by Robert Frost and Donald Bartlett, Sylvia Clark, Stearns Morse, and Ernest Poole, contributors, is included in the collection. The printer's copy contains authors' copies of "Robert Frost: a brief autobiographical sketch," by Herbert Faulkner West; "Robert Frost and New Hampshire," by Stearns Morse, 1893- , professor of English, Dartmouth College; "Robert Frost: the Derry years," by Sylvia Clark, 1871- , teacher; "Robert Frost at Plymouth," by Sidney Cox, 1889-1952, professor of English, Dartmouth College; "A friend's view of Robert Frost," by Donald Bartlett, 1902- , professor, Dartmouth College; and "The Unforgettable Robert Frost," by David Lambuth, professor of English, Dartmouth College. The collection also contains copies of Robert Frost's "Our getaway" in his hand and carrying his signature; "When Frost was here," by Ernest Poole, 1880-1950, novelist, with a covering letter, July 27, [1946], from Poole to West; and a positive photostat of Frost's "An A no. 1 sundown" in his hand and signed with his initials. These are published in the Robert Frost issue of The New Hampshire Troubadour. Other pieces relating to this issue are a woodcut by Julius Lankes, 1884-1960, artist, which appears on the back cover of the issue; letters congratulating West on the issue from Stearns Morse, November 1, [1946], and Ernest Poole, November 20, 1946; and newspaper clippings relating to the issue.

In addition to The New Hampshire Troubadour materials, the collection contains a letter, December 19, 1937, from Robert Frost to Sylvia Clark; a positive photostat of an autobiographical letter, March 4, 1952, from Frost to Robert Chase; a letter, May 11, 1950, from Raymond Ellsworth Larsson, 1901- , poet, to Herbert Faulkner West with three drafts of Larsson's "Lines (on the discovery that Robert Frost and R. E. F. L. both were born on the 26th of March)" as an enclosure; and photographs of Robert Frost; his homes at South Shaftsbury, Vermont, and Derry Village, New Hampshire; Sylvia Clark; and Herbert Faulkner West. Photograph of Frost by David Pierce Studio is placed in oversize folder.

Additional cards describing poems in Robert Frost's hand written in printed books in the Lilly Library are in the Manuscripts Catalog.

Collection size: 22 items

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