This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, photographs
and watercolors pertaining to the life and work of California lyric poet George Sterling
(1869-1926). Much of the correspondence in the collection is between Sterling and other
American writers and poets, who discuss their own work and the work of other individuals.
Almost all of the correspondence in the collection by Sterling is addressed to his friend,
and fellow author, Jack London (1876-1916).
George Sterling (1869-1926) was an American poet, prose stylist and playwright. Sterling
was born in Sag Harbor, New York, and moved to California in 1892, where he met and became a
pupil to Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?). Sterling's poetry was first published through the aid
of Bierce, who included some of Sterling's verse in his San Francisco Examiner column. In
1903, Sterling's first book of poetry was published, The Testimony of the Suns, and was
followed by nine more volumes of verse in the years to come, including A Wine of
Wizardry and Other Poems (1908). In 1908 Sterling and his wife, Caroline Rand, moved from
Oakland to Carmel. Then, after several years in New York, Sterling lived at the Bohemian
Club in San Francisco. Sterling was good friends with author Jack London. Sterling died by his own hand
666 pieces in 12 boxes
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