Books: Editor's Bequest

In 1911 a frail, 51-year-old Chicago poetess named Harriet Monroe persuaded 100 citizens to give $50 annually for a poetry magazine. Before her death last year she had kept Poetry in first place among U. S. poetry magazines for 25 years, exercised a powerful influence in literary movements, launched a score of new writers, written an autobiography scheduled for publication this spring. Last week in Chicago, the Renaissance Society opened an exhibition of the editorial papers she left to the University of Chicago. Largely made up of matters of historical interest—letters and manuscripts...

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