Elizabeth Coatsworth papers
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The American author Elizabeth Coatsworth was a prolific poet and writer of fiction and nonfiction for adults. She is best remembered, however, as a writer of children's books. Between 1927 and 1975 she published over 80 books for children, and her bookThe Cat Who Went to Heaven won the Newberry medal in 1931. Coatsworth was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1893. As a child and adult she ". . . traveled widely in the Orient, in North Africa, and in Europe." She graduated from Vassar in 1915, and received an M.A. from Columbia University in 1916. In 1929, Coatsworth married the American writer Henry Beston with whom she had two daughters. Coatsworth and Beston lived in rural New England, which provides the setting for many of her books. She died in Nobleboro, Maine, in 1986.
Henry Beston was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1888. He attended Harvard University (A.B. 1909, M.A. 1911) and served in the First World War as a member of the Harvard Ambulance Service. From 1919 to 1923, Beston was editor of theLiving Age. He spent a year living in solitude in a small house on the outer dunes of Cape Cod in 1927 and translated this experience into his best known book The Outermost House. Following his marriage to Elizabeth Coatsworth, Beston continued to write adult nonfiction and a weekly column for The Progressive, as well as children's books, from their Maine farm. He died in 1968.
Beston, Henry." 1996 Biography from World Authors 1900 –1950. Retrieved May 3, 2002 from http://vweb.hwwilsonweb.com"Elizabeth (Jane) Coatsworth." Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2000. Retrieved May 3, 2002 from http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC
The Elizabeth Coatsworth Papers represents a small collection of family papers relating to the poet and children's author Elizabeth Coatsworth. Included in the collection are letters to Coatsworth from the English poet and novelist L.A.G. Strong and from the American author Josephine Pinckney. Also included are a number of letters to Coatsworth's husband, the writer Henry Beston. The collection contains about thirty pages of Coatsworth's school exercises, a photograph of a young girl, presumably Coatsworth, annotated "Switzerland 1902-03," and a signed passport photograph of Coatsworth about age twenty. Other materials include Christmas and greeting cards sent to the Beston/Coatsworth family, and printed material related to Hingham, Massachusetts, one of the towns in which they lived. The Elizabeth Coatsworth Papers contains a copy ofWood Forms: A Writing in Basic English About a Basic Interest in the Form of Things, inscribed to Elizabeth Coatsworth by its author, Erastus S. Allen; a copy of The Triangle, a school literary magazine with contributions by Catherine Beston, Elizabeth and Henry's daughter; and printed sheet music for "Derby Song," with words by Catherine Beston.
Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes (1 inch)
Purchase, September 2001
Processed by Kevin Burke, May 2002. Encoded by Jaime Margalotti, July 2021.
- Coatsworth, Elizabeth, 1893-1986
- Beston, Henry, 1888-1968
- Strong, L. A. G. (Leonard Alfred George), 1896-1958
- Pinckney, Josephine, 1895-1957
- University of Delaware Library Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
- Finding Aid Date
- 2021 July 20
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From L.A.G. Strong, English poet and novelist, requesting permission to reprint verses by Coatsworth in an anthology.Physical Description
From H.S. Latham, vice president of MacMillan Company, regarding publishing decisions on Coatsworth's forthcoming book.Physical Description
From American author Josephine Pinckney expressing gratitude for Coatsworth's praise of her book.Physical Description
From Winifred Brigham inviting Beston to address the November Club of Andover, Mass. on the subject of his bookThe Outermost House. Physical Description
From Winifred Brigham correcting the date of the invitation given in her previous letter.Physical Description
From Ella Bay, an admirer ofThe Outermost House, giving her own observations of Cape Cod. Physical Description
From Fiske Rollins reporting on damage to Beston's house on Cape Cod.Physical Description
Includes Christmas cards with autograph notes from family friends, a photograph of a young man in military uniform signed "To Beston Family from Ellis," and a letter (January 24 1946, AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, 2 pages) from "Uncle George."Physical Description
Contains about 30 pages of a child's school exercises, including practice signatures of the name Elizabeth Coatsworth.
Includes a reproduction of a photograph of a young girl (presumably Coatsworth) annotated "Switzerland, 1902 – 3," and a signed passport photograph of Coatsworth as a young woman.
Presentation copy of a book self-published by the author in 1943. Inscription reads: "To Elizabeth Coatsworth. For contributing in inspiration to the writing of this little book Sincerely Erastus S Allen."
Literary magazine of Emma Willard School in Troy, New York with contributions by Catherine Beston, the daughter of Henry Beston and Elizabeth Coatsworth.
Printed sheet music with words by Catherine Beston and music by Mary F. MacNaught, signed by MacNaught.
Includes 2 unsigned, undated autograph poems, a typed poem "Miss Gingham of Hingham" by Arthur Upton, printed version of the Coatsworth poem "Calling in the Cat" on a page torn from a book, and a sketch in pencil of the design for a house.Physical Description
Includes reproductions of photographs and drawings of The "Old Ship" Church in Hingham, Mass., and other miscellany.Physical Description