Archive of Hundreds of Manuscript, Handwritten Scraps, and Typed Pages.
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An extensive collection of the poems of Frances Frost. Frances Frost (August 3, 1905 - February 11, 1959) was an American poet, novelist and the mother of poet Paul Blackburn. This collection contains hundreds of typed pages of poetry as well as clippings of published poems from newspapers and literary magazines dating from the early 1930's to the late 1940's. Many of the typed pages indicate that they have been copied from another source. The vast majority of the poems are by Frances Frost, but a few poems are attributed to other poets, such as a handwritten copy of Ballad of the Bloodthirsty Reader by Ethel Jacobson, indicated at bottom of page: Sat. Rev. of Lit. 10-27, 45. There are also contemporary newspaper clippings about Frances Frost that date mostly from the 30's and during World War Two (including a wedding announcement for her second marriage). The pages are in various states, but most are very good quality. The cache of papers is held in an envelope (mailed from Canada) addressed to a Dr. C. L. Hubbs of the Scripps Institution in California, though there is no known or apparent connection between Ms. Frost and Dr. Hubbs (who was a well-known ichthyologist). A known photocopy of Ms. Frost's handwriting is similar enough to the handwritten items in this collection to warrant further study, and may indicate that these pieces were her personal notes, copies and compositions. Some of the poems may be original unpublished works; Frances Frost published four books of poetry during the 30's and wrote and published many more children's books throughout the 1940's and 1950's. Her poetry was published in numerous magazines including The New Yorker, Harpers, The Saturday Review, as well as numerous newspapers. Among the hundreds of poems in this collection, the typed pages include the poems: Poem for an Autumn Morning‚ Return,‚ Pattern of Summer, Verge, Poem for the Body, and Voice for the April Dusk. Many handwritten poems are also included; some are incomplete and without titles, while some are complete; including the poems: Rebellion, To a Light-Hearted Love, Maine Island, and Old Pasture.