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Sara Teasdale correspondence

 Collection — Container: Manuscripts (not separately boxed) - 1
Identifier: MS 0022

Scope and Contents

The Sara Teasdale Correspondence consists of six letters written to Jean Starr Untermeyer, chiefly discussing personal matters, including one from 1914 commenting on Teasdale's difficulty in deciding whether to marry Vachel Lindsay or Ernst Filsinger. A ten-page letter to John Myers O'Hara dated July 1909 praises his recently published book "At Erato's Fane". Other letters concern a request to use one of her poems in a song, and the response to a request that she give a lecture at the University of Chicago.


  • Creation: 1909-1930

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Biographical Note

Sarah Teasdale, an American poet, was born in 1884 in Saint Louis, Missouri to John W. Teasdale and Mary E. Willard. She was tutored at home and then graduated from a local private school in 1903. In 1905 she visited Europe and in 1907 she published her first collection of poems. In 1911, the publication of "Helen of Troy" introduced her to Louis Untermeyer, who, with his wife Jean, was to become a lifelong friend. On December 19, 1914, she married Ernst B. Filsinger. They divorced fifteen years later. Following the divorce, she published numerous volumes of poetry. Sarah Teasdale committed suicide on January 29, 1933 in New York.


0.13 Linear Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



Teasdale, Sara, 1884-1933; poet. Nine letters, including six to her friend Jean S. Untermeyer and a long letter (July 1909) to John Myers O'Hara, describing primarily her personal life and her career.


Arranged chronologically.

Teasdale correspondence, 1909-1930.
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Repository Details

Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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