Bliss Carman's Letters to Margaret Lawrence 1927-1929

Edited by D.M.R. Bentley

Assisted by Margaret Maciejewski

Letter 29

Hotel Franklin

Spartanburg, S.C.

6. Nov. 1927



Margaret dear


This is a Southern Sunday and from the hotel it seems to be about as merry as one in Toronto. However I am to dine at the College at one o’clock and hope for diversion[.]

Judging from last night, it should be forthcoming.

The reading was very good, an audience of two to three hundred, mostly students of the College.1

Converse College has 4 or 5 hundred students, girls of about 16 on the average, I should judge, and all very enthusiastic [—] many of them interested in poetry. After the reading they swarmed up to the platform, and I was terrorized for a moment. However they did not come to a clinch, and I stood them off with a handshake. But it was a close call. All very pretty and seemingly voracious. I have to undergo the social ordeal or trial by fire again after dinner, and to hold a conference on the technique of poetry &c to-morrow. Prayers for safety are in order.

Ah, well, the tour has actually started off well, and has made a hit here as well as in Chapel Hill. So that is a blessing. But as I go on I keep hearing of more and more colleges and schools innumerable that I never heard of before. For instance Duke University at Durham near Chapel Hill is a new institution with untold millions at its command,2 and there are a lot more in Texas than the few I am to visit. Apparently one could fill a whole winter in reading in the South and Southwest. Let us hope this is only the beginning.


Happy days and love to Margaret,—dear Love.



  1. Converse College. See Letter 28 n.2 and Letter 30. [back]

  2. Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, a co-educational and private institution owned by the Methodist Episcopal Church, operated under the name of Trinity College until December, 1924, when it was incorporated under its present name. [back]