Margaret Widdemer

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Margaret Widdemer (September 30, 1884 – July 14, 1978) was a U.S. poet and novelist. She won the Pulitzer Prize (known then as the Columbia University Prize) in 1919 for her collection The Old Road to Paradise, shared with Carl Sandburg for Cornhuskers.[1][2][a]

Biography[edit]

Margaret Widdemer was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania,[3] and grew up in Asbury Park, New Jersey, where her father, Howard T. Widdemer, was a minister of the First Congregational Church. She graduated from the Drexel Institute Library School in 1909.[4] She first came to public attention with her poem The Factories, which treated the subject of child labor. In 1919 she married Robert Haven Schauffler (1879–1964), a widower five years her senior. Schauffler was an author and cellist who published widely on poetry, travel, culture, and music. His papers are held at the University of Texas at Austin.

Widdemer's memoir Golden Years I Had recounts her friendships with eminent authors such as Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T. S. Eliot, Thornton Wilder, and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

The scholar Joan Shelley Rubin has surmised that Widdemer coined the term "middlebrow" in her essay "Message and Middlebrow," published in 1933 in The Saturday Review of Literature. [5]

Works[edit]

Poetry collections[edit]

  • The Factories and Other Poems (1917)
  • The Old Road to Paradise (1918)
  • Cross Currents (1921)
  • Little Girl and Boy Land (1924)
  • Ballads and Lyrics (1925)
  • Collected Poems (1928)
  • The Road to Downderry (1931)
  • Hill Garden (1937)
  • Dark Cavalier (1958)

Children's fiction[edit]

  • Winona of the Camp Fire (1915)
  • Winona of Camp Karonya (1917)
  • You're Only Young Once (1918)
  • Winona's War Farm (1918)
  • Winona's Way (1919)
  • Winona on her Own (1922)
  • Winona's Dreams Come True (1923)
  • Binkie and the Bell Dolls (1923)
  • Marcia's Farmhouse (1939)

On writing[edit]

  • Do You Want to Write? (1937)
  • Basic Principles of Fiction Writing (1953)

Memoir[edit]

  • Golden Friends I Had (1964)
  • Summers at the Colony (1964)
  • Jessie Rittenhouse: A Centenary Memoir-Anthology (1969)

Adult fiction[edit]

  • The Rose-Garden Husband (1915) – adapted as the 1917 film A Wife on Trial
  • Why Not? (1916) – adapted as the 1918 film A Dream Lady
  • The Wishing Ring Man(1919)
  • The Boardwalk (1919)
  • I’ve Married Marjorie (1920)
  • The Boardwalk (1920)
  • The Year of Delight (1921)
  • A Minister of Grace (1922)
  • Graven Image (1923)
  • Charis Sees It Through (1924)
  • Gallant Lady (1926)
  • More Than Wife (1927)
  • Loyal Lover (1929)
  • Rhinestones (1929)
  • All the King's Horses (1930)
  • The Truth About Lovers (1931)
  • The Pre-War Lady (1932)
  • The Years of Love (1933)
  • Golden Rain (1933)
  • The Other Lovers (1934)
  • Eve's Orchard (1935)
  • Back to Virtue, Betty (1935)
  • Songs for a Christmas Tree (1935)
  • This Isn’t the End (1936)
  • The Singing Wood (1936)
  • Marriage is Possible (1936)
  • Ladies Go Masked (1939)
  • Hand on Her Shoulder (1939)
  • She Knew Three Brothers (1939)
  • Someday I'll Find You (1940)
  • Lover's Alibi (1941)
  • Angela Comes Home (1942)
  • Constancia Herself (1945)
  • Let Me Have Wings (1945)
  • Lani (1949)
  • Red Cloak Flying (1950)
  • Lady of the Mohawks (1951)
  • The Golden Wildcat (1957)
  • Buckskin Baronet (1960)
  • The Red Castle Women (1968)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry was inaugurated in 1922 but the sponsoring organization now considers the first winners to be the three recipients of 1918 and 1919 awards "made possible by a special grant from The Poetry Society".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Poetry". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  2. ^ Fischer, Heinz Dietrich (2009). Chronicle of the Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. p. 484. 
  3. ^ Fraser, C. Gerald (July 15, 1978). "Miss Widdemer, 93, Poet, Author, Dies". The New York Times. p. 20. 
  4. ^ Untermeyer, Louis (1921). Modern American Poetry, p. 350. Harcourt, Brace and Company. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  5. ^ Madigan, Mark J. "Willa Cather and the Book-of-the-Month Club." In Reynolds, Guy, ed. (2007). Cather Studies: Willa Cather As Cultural Icon, p. 81. University of Nebraska Press. Retrieved 18 May 2014.

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