Bliss Carman's Letters to Margaret Lawrence 1927-1929

Edited by D.M.R. Bentley

Assisted by Margaret Maciejewski

Letter 53

New Canaan, Connecticut

12. February. 1928



My Dear Margaret:


I have just heard from Toronto that the plan for a new Oxford Book of Canadian Verse1 has been accepted. So I shall begin at once anthologising again. You may expect to be much troubled on this score.

First off, I am told the Complete Lampman poems2 is out of print. Why, I canít imagine. However, there we are, and I much need a copy. If there is none to be had in any of the shops, can you borrow one for me somewhere and send it?

I shall doubtless have to make a pilgrimage to the North in search of all this poetry which I have so light-heartedly agreed to select! Hardly a line have I here.

Of course you had better buy the book if possible, so that I can cut it up. I will remit at once.


God love You



  1. See Letter 51 n.11. [back]

  2. The Poems of Archibald Lampman, ed. Duncan Campbell Scott (1900). The third and final printing of this edition was in 1905. Born in Morpeth, Ontario, Lampman (1861-1899) was arguably Canadaís finest nineteenth-century poet. The author of three volumes of poetry (Among the Millet, and Other Poems [1888], Lyrics of Earth [1895], and Alcyone [1900]), he lived most of his adult life in Ottawa, where he worked as a civil servant and, with Duncan Campbell Scott (see Letter 54 n.2) and William Wilfred Campbell, helped to give Canada a poetic as well as a political capital. See Carl Y. Connor, Archibald Lampman: Canadian Poet of Nature (1929) and L.R. Early, Archibald Lampman (1986). [back]