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Ernest W. Nelson papers, 1899-1921

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Call No.: MS#0923
Bib ID 4079152 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Nelson, Ernest W
Title Ernest W. Nelson papers, 1899-1921
Physical Description 3 boxes (3 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Notebooks filled with Nelson's ideas and notes on art and poetry, as well as various other subjects, such as translations, women, liberty and democracy, and Americanization, which last shows his bitterness at not having achieved recognition as a creative artist in this country. Also included are quotations from numerous writers (including Samuel Loveman's "The triumph of anarchy" copied from the author's manuscript), with his criticisms on several of them (Stagnelius, a Swedish poet, Amy Lowell, Swinburne, Ezra Pound), on Gounod and Berlioz, on the sculptor Flaxman, and on Nietzsche. There are drafts of letters to various people, and to newspaper editors. Of particular interest is the letter to Hart Crane (see Notebook 1920 November-1921 June), circa May 1921, on whom he had considerable influence, even though their friendship was of brief duration.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ernest W. Nelson papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Revision Description

2021-01-22 EAD document created by CCR.

Subject Headings

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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Americanization Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Art Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berlioz, Hector, 1803-1869 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Crane, Hart, 1899-1932 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Democracy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Flaxman, John, 1755-1826 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Immigrants Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Liberty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lithographers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poetry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stagnelius, Erik Johan, 1793-1823 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Swinburne, Algernon Charles, 1837-1909 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Ernest W. Nelson, born in Norway, came to America at age fifteen. His attendance at an art school in Washington, D.C. was financed by an aunt, who withdrew her support from him when this school was over. Forced into lithography to earn a living, Nelson never again pursued a career in fine arts, and his burgeoning talent in poetry was stunted at this same time. His interests continued, however. He is known to have built a fine private library which was open to many, including Hart Crane.