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Carman, Bliss, 1861-1929



William Bliss Carman was born on April 15, 1861 in Fredericton, Canada. Carman was educated at the Fredericton Collegiate School and the University of New Brunswick (UNB), from which he received a B.A. in 1881. His first published poem was in the UNB Monthly in 1879. He then spent a year at Oxford and the University of Edinburgh (1882–1883), but returned home to receive his M.A. from UNB in 1884. In 1886, Carman enrolled in Harvard University. At Harvard he moved in a literary circle that included American poet Richard Hovey, who would become his close friend and his collaborator on the successful Vagabondia poetry series. Carman and Hovey were members of the "Visionists" circle along with Herbert Copeland and F. Holland Day. After Harvard, Carman briefly returned to Canada, but was back in Boston by February 1890. nable to find employment in Boston, he moved to New York City and became literary editor of the "New York Independent." "Songs of Vagabondia," the first Hovey-Carman collaboration, was published in 1894. Other publications include "Behind the Arras," "Ballad of Lost Haven," "By the Aurelian Wall," and "The Pipes of Pan.". Carman died on June 8, 1929.

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Bliss Carman papers

Identifier: MS-92
Date(s): 1892 to 1937

Bliss Carman (1861-1929), Canadian poet. The collection contains manuscripts and typescripts of of several poems and essays, proofs and plates for "Songs from vagabondia," and correspondence with literary friends and his publishers.

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