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Charles Warren Stoddard Autograph Album: Finding Aid
mssHM 35075  
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An album containing handwritten poems, notes, and letters written to American author and poet Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909) by his friends and acquaintances including many leading literary figures chiefly in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts from the 1860s to 1890s. Among the many notable contributors are Samuel Clemens, Bret Harte, and Joaquin Miller.
American author and poet Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909) was born in Rochester, New York, on August 7, 1843, and moved with his family to San Francisco, California, in 1855. Stoddard began writing and traveling at an early age. In 1864, Stoddard made his first trip to Hawaii and Polynesia. His poetry was first published in The Golden Era in 1862 and his first book of poems was published in 1867. In the 1860s and 1870s, Stoddard traveled widely, participated in Bohemian literary circles in San Francisco, and worked as a correspondent and journalist. In the early 1880s, Stoddard was a co-editor of the Overland Monthly magazine with Ina D. Coolbrith and Bret Harte. From 1885 to 1886, he served as chair of the English department at the University of Notre Dame, and was department chair at Catholic University from 1889 to 1902 before moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts. He returned to San Francisco in April 1903, and then later lived in Monterey, California, until his death on April 23, 1909.
1 volume, 241 pages ; volume 29 x 23 cm
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