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Will M. Carleton letters 1883-1896

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General Note: Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2013/06 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2013/06 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2016/05/04 by Brittany Kropf.
Restrictions on Access Note: This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.: This collection includes ten letters from Will Carleton in Brooklyn, New York to Horatio King in Washington, D.C. and to Reverend Frederick E. Hopkins in Hamstead, Long Island, New York and Bridgeport, Connecticut, and one letter from Chauncey M. DePew to Rev. Hopkins ranging from 1883 to 1897 regarding concerning speaking engagements, traveling, printed circulars, and attending praryer meetings.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note: Will M. Carleton letters, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note: Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data: Will (William McKendree) Carleton was an American poet largely wrote about life in small-town America, based on his experiences growing up in rural Michigan. Born near Hudson, Michigan on October 21, 1845, Carleton was the fifth child of John Hancock and Celeste (Smith) Carleton. He grew up on the family farm and attended university at Hillsdale College in 1862, before teaching. Carleton returned to Hillsdale in 1865, graduating in 1869. He then worked a few years as a journalist, writing for newspapers such as the HIllsdale Standard and the Detroit Weekly Tribune. Carleton began gaining notice in 1871 as a poet after his poem, "Betsey and I Are Out," was published in the Toledo Blade, and soon after picked up around the country before appearing in Harper's Weekly. A year later, "Over the HIll to the Poor House was released and even more popular. Harper & Brothers Publishing soon published his first volume of poetry entitled, Farm Ballads, in 1873. Carleton married Anne Goodell in Boston, Massachusetts in 1878. They later moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1882, but Carleton frequently toured the United States as a public lecture and poet of much public acclaim. He died on December 18, 1912.Sources: Items in the collection.Corning, Amos Elwood. Will Carleton, a Biographical Study. New York: Lanmere, 1917. Accessed May 5, 2016., Jack, and David Dempsey. "Michigan Authors: Poet Will Carleton Came to Fame Writing Wistfully About Divorce." Michigan Live, July 27, 2013. Accessed May 5, 2016., Byron A. "Will Carleton, Michigan's Poet." Michigan Historical Collections 39 (1914): 2-4.
Ownership and Custodial History: This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Paul Krueger on 1929/10/21.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note: No further additions are expected.
Subject: American poetry > 19th century.
American poetry > 20th century.
Poets, American.
Public speaking.
Genre: Correspondence

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