Bliss Carman's Letters to Margaret Lawrence 1927-1929

Edited by D.M.R. Bentley

Assisted by Margaret Maciejewski

Letter 50

New Canaan, Connecticut

30. January. 1928



Dear Margaret:
P.S. Did you ask me something about a pen? What pen?


I went to N.Y. last evening to a Poetry Society Dinner (Annual, but my first)[.]1 A huge splash—about 400 present. Many old friends I had not seen in 20 years! I felt like Rip Van Winkle.2 A.E.3 was the chief guest. Very imposing, genial and bearded, and comfortable as a farmer—so he seemed at a distance.

Nothing to these dinners, but a concourse of very nice people good for hermits to associate with.





  1. The seventeenth annual dinner of the Poetry Society of America was held on January 29, 1928 at the Baltimore Hotel in New York. [back]

  2. See Letter 3 n.7. [back]

  3. A.E. is the pseudonym of the Irish poet, editor, and economist George William Russell (1861-1935), who is perhaps most remembered as a pioneer of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. In January, 1928 he was on a lecture tour of the United States. A report of his speech on January 28 appears under the title "Poets Led the Irish, Russell Declares," New York Times, January 30, 1928. 8. [back]