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Torrence, Ridgely, 1875-1950



  • Existence: 1875 - 1950


Frederic Ridgely Torrence was born on November 27, 1874 in Xenia, Ohio. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and Princeton University. In the late 1890s he settled in Greenwich Village, in New York City, working as a librarian and becoming part of a circle of poets that included E. A. Robinson, William Vaughn Moody, and Robert Frost. From 1905-1907, Torrence was the fiction editor at "Cosmopolitan" magazine. Torrence's collection of plays, Three Plays for a Negro Theater premiered in 1917, as a production of the Negro Players. He also organized the National Survey of the Negro Theater (1939), for the Rockefeller Foundation. Torrence died on December 25, 1950.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

"Hesperides" manuscript

Identifier: MS-364
Date(s): 1925 to 1939

Ridgely Torence (1875-1950), writer. The collection contains the handwritten manuscript of his book, "Hesperides," with photocopied letters from Edwin Arlington Robinson, George William Russell and letters to Harold G. Rugg concerning the loan of Torrence manuscript.

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