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Cox, Sidney, 1889-1952



  • Existence: 1889 - 1952

Sidney Cox was born on August 25, 1889 in Limerick, Maine. He graduated from Bates College in 1911 and became an English teacher at Plymouth, New Hampshire High School where he met Robert Frost. In 1913 he received his MA in English from the University of Illinois and became a high school teacher in Schenectady, New York. During World War I, Cox served in the US Army and spend three months in England with the American Expeditionary Forces. After the war he continued teaching in high schools and universities before he joined the faculty of the English department at Dartmouth College where he stayed until his death in 1952. Cox was co-editor of two widely-used anthologies of prose and wrote "The Teaching of English: Avowals and Ventures." Other published works include "Indirections for Those Who Want to Write," two books about Robert Frost and many short pieces in periodicals.

Sidney Cox and Robert Frost remained friends until Cox's death and much of his work was devoted to Frost and his poetry including "The Sincerity of Robert Frost" (1917) and "A Swinger of Birches" published posthumously in 1957. In the years between these works, Cox wrote many short pieces about Frost, lectured about him and planned his biography which was never completed, largely due to Frost's opposition.

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Sidney Cox papers

Identifier: MS-392
Overview Sidney Cox (1889-1952), professor of English and writer. The collection contains family correspondence, writings including writings on his friend Robert Frost, research notes and papers related to his career as professor of English at Dartmouth College.