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Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968



Harold Witter Bynner was born on August 10, 1881 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Harvard University in 1902, and before moving to Cornish, New Hampshire to live and write in 1915, worked as an editor at "McClure's Magazine." From 1918-1919, he taught English at the University of California, Berkeley, where he composed "Canticle of Praise." He was forced to leave after serving alcohol to freshman during Prohibition. After his stint at the university, Bynner traveled to China and studied Chinese literature. He subsequently produced many translations from Chinese. After his return from China, Bynner settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he became friends with D.H. Lawrence. Bynner and his partner Robert Hunt had numerous parties at their house, hosting many notable writers, actors and artists. On January 18, 1965, Bynner had a severe stroke. He never recovered, and required constant care until he died on June 1, 1968.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Phonodisc 0016. Roethke, Theodore, "Theodore Roethke, Robert Fitzgerald, Witter Bynne [and] Marya Zaturenska reading their own poems. Twentieth century poetry in English" (Library of Congress Recording Laboratory (P L10))

 Folder, Box 2
Part of DS-4: Rauner phonodisc collection
Date(s): between 1950 and 1959
Content Description Collection of phonograph records (phonodiscs) held by Rauner Special Collections at Dartmouth College. Most records relate to the history of Dartmouth College and its faculty, staff, and students. Some audio recordings relate to the Upper Valley Region of the Connecticut River, New Hampshire and Vermont. The collection contains many phonograph (vinyl and shellac) records of varying sizes and colors, including many which were cut on-site and outside of the factory stamping process (also known...

Witter Bynner papers

Identifier: MS-89
Date(s): 1897 to 1963
Abstract Harold Witter Bynner (1881-1968), poet, writer and scholar. The collection consists of correspondence with Harold Goddard Rugg, Corinna Smith, Alexander Laing, Mary Quinlan, Kenneth Ball and Edward Connery Lathem, as well as mss. of his translations of "The Yen Song of Kao Shih" and "The Jade Mountain," an introduction to a letter by Vachel Lindsay, his Harvard English papers and a long series of letters to Edmund and Helen Esquerre. Also includes an incomplete title and first-line index of...

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