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Christopher Morley collection


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Christopher Darlington Morley (1890-1957), was born in Haverford, Pennsylvania, to Frank Morley and Lilian Janet Bird Morley. In 1900 the family moved to Baltimore, Maryland, but Morley returned to Haverford when he enrolled at Haverford College in 1906. There, he published in the school's Haverfordian, was on its editorial board, edited his class yearbook, helped write, produce, and act in plays, and was a member of the cricket and soccer teams. After graduating in 1910 as valedictorian of his class, he became a Rhodes Scholar at New College, Oxford University, where he studied modern history. Returning to the United States, Morley began a versatile career as poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and editor, supporter of theatrical ventures, book-club judge, and friend of neglected old writers and emerging new ones. In 1914 he married Helen Booth Fairchild; they had four children. They moved to Philadelphia in 1917, and moved permanently to Roslyn Heights, Long Island, in 1920. Morley's career began with an editorial position at Doubleday, Page and Co., publishers, on Long Island, New York. He also edited the Ladies' Home Journal, and cofounded and edited the Saturday Review of Literature. Morley wrote for many papers, including the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger and the New York Evening Post. Though he thought of himself as a poet first, Morley was a prolific author of novels and poetry, publishing his first book of poems in 1912 while he was at Oxford. In total, Morley published at least ten books of verse, and many celebrated novels including Kitty Foyle (1939), which made the bestseller list and was the basis of a 1942 movie starring Ginger Rogers and The Man Who Made Friends With Himself (1949). Morley wrote introductions and prefaces for works by other authors such as Walt Whitman, H.H. Munro, William Shakespeare, and Laurence Sterne, and edited material by Whitman, Sir Francis Bacon, and his close friend, humorist Don Marquis. In addition to volumes of published essays, Morley gave countless lectures, some of which were published. Morley was involved in the Book-of-the-Month Club and cofounder of the Baker Street Irregulars, a club for lovers of Sherlock Holmes.

The collection consists of letters addressed to Christopher Morley by well-known people, relating mostly to books and literary affairs. Letter writers include Sherwood Anderson, David Belasco, Hilaire Belloc, William Rose Benet, Earl Derr Biggers, Louis Bromfield, Pearl S. Buck, Robert P. Tristram Coffin, Joseph Conrad, Walter De La Mare, Amelia Earhart, T. S. Eliot, St. John Ervine, John Galsworthy, Joseph Hergesheimer, Herbert Hoover, Julian Huxley, Jerome Kern, Rudyard Kipling, Stephen Leacock, Vachel Lindsay, Don Marquis, John Masefield, Ogden Nash, Jules Romains, Carl Sandburg, Upton Sinclair, Hugh Walpole and others.

Letters are arranged alphabetically.

This collection was acquired over a long period of time thanks to a number of donors, including Sally Segal and Louise Morley Cochrane.

Original processing information unknown. Revised by Allison Hall, May 2020.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Letters. 1 boxes.
Box 1

Folders in this box are arranged alphabetically:

Folder 1: A

Folder 2: B

Folder 3: C-D

Folder 4: E-H

Folder 5: I-K

Folder 6: L

Folder 7: M-N

Folder 8: O-R

Folder 9: S-T

Folder 10: U-Z

Scope and Contents

Letter writers include:

R.B. Adam , James Truslow Adams , Sherwood Anderson , Michael Arlen , Frank Aydelotte , David Belasco , Hillaire Belloc , William Rose Benet , Stella Benson , Earl Derr Biggers , Edward Bok , (Captain) David Bone , (Sir) Muirhead Bone , Arthur Brisbane , Louis Bromfield , Rupert Brooke , Alice Brown , Ivor John Carnegie Brown , Pearle Buck , Maxwell Struthers Burt , Frances Blogg Chesterton (wife of G.K. Chesterton) , Robert P. Tristram Coffin , (Sir) Sidney Colvin , Joseph Conrad , Nathalia Crane , Jo Davidson , Elmer Davis , Walter de la Mare , Abbe Ernest Dimnet , Frank Nelson Doubleday , Amelia Earhart , T.S. Eliot , Jacob Epstein , St. John Ervine , Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher , John Galsworthy , Francis Barton Gummere , Robert Hale , Joseph Hergesheimer , Robert C. Holliday , Herbert Hoover , William Dean Howells , James Huneker , Julian Sorell Huxley , Hugh Samuel Johnson , Jerome Kern , Rudyard Kipling , Eva La Gallienne , Richard Le Gallienne , Stephen Leacock , Lin Yutang , Vachel Lindsay , Robert Hamilton Bruce Lockhart , John Luther Long , William H. Low , Amy Lowell , William H. Loyd , Edward Verrall Lucas , Archibald Gordon MacDonell , Don Marquis , John Masefield , Walt Mason , H.W. Massingham , Wililam McFee , H.L. Menken , Felix Morley , Thomas B. Mosher , Ogden Nash , A. Edward Newton , Robert Nichols , Vincent O'Sullivan , Cliffors Odets , (Sir) William Osler , Edmund Lester Pearson , Westbrook Pegler , Ezra Pound ", Ellery Queen" , arthur Rackham , (Sir) Walter Raleigh , John Crowe Random , William Marion Reedy , Felix Risenberg , Bruce Rogers , Jules Romains , Franklin D., Franklin D. Roosevelt , Kermit Roosevelt , Theodore Roosevelt , Nellie van der Grift Sanchez (re R.S. Stevenson) , Carl Sandburg , Ellery Sedgwick , Upton Sinclair , Logan Pearsall Smith , William Archibald Spooner , Frederick Dorr Steele , Wilbur Macey Stone , Etsu (Inagaki) Sugimoto , James Thurber , Henry Major Tomlinson , Henry Agard Wallace , Hugh Walpole , John Wanamaker , Margaret Webster , H.G. Wells , Gluyas Williams , Woodrow Wilson , Grant Wood , Alexander Woollcott, N.C. Wyeth, Elinor Wylie, Roland Young

Physical Description

1 boxes

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