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Register of the Lampson (Robin) Collection, 1868-1975
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This collection consists of: drafts of works; literary reviews, by and about Robin Lampson; clippings describing Lampson's activities; bulletins & hand-outs describing his teaching activities; professional and personal correspondence; research materials on Sharon-Hill, Frederick Law Olmsted and the landscaping of the University of California, the Golden Spike, Jack London and yellow fever; as well as photographs, some business papers and memorabilia.
Robin Lampson (1900-1978) is best remembered for his verse novels, "Laughter out of the ground" (1936)--an epic of the California Gold Rush--and "Death loses a pair of wings" (1939)--the tale of Dr. William Gorgas' victory over yellow fever. In the years immediately following World War I, Lampson studied English and Russian at Stanford University. In 1922 he was sent to Russia with the American Relief Administration. There he administered the distribution of food relief in the vicinity of Tashkent for about two years. Following his return to the United States, Lampson worked at a variety of jobs, eventually returning to college at the University of California, where he received an A.B. degree in 1932. From this date, his poetry began appearing with some frequency in literary journals. As a poet, Lampson was a neo-classicist, preferring rhyming sonnet structures to free verse. He invented a sonnet type that borrowed rhyme-schemes from Renaissance Italian terza rima.
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