Bliss Carman's Letters to Margaret Lawrence 1927-1929

Edited by D.M.R. Bentley

Assisted by Margaret Maciejewski

Letter 58


New Canaan, Connecticut

[5 April 1928]1



You have had no letter for days and days! The revision job2 has become almost a nightmare, and I can’t wake up under it! To say nothing of trying to write. However it is nearly done now, and I shall change my incubus soon to one of Canadian pedigree.3

Praise be to Allah, my credit is immense with my landlady, and I live in hope.

I must get to Canada soon now, or be forever queered with the excellent Gundy.4

Yesterday I had a holiday in N.Y. and saw "The Ivory Door" by A.A. Milne,5 delightfully played and staged, a very charming poetical play, and well patronized. A full house of more than average people. Not Jews!

Have you a large assortment of immortal Canadian poems all ready for me?

And how comes on the essay?6

I was so delighted to hear you had a new frock—no, coat! Finery is a wondrous help! Even Earth needs her fresh Easter dress.

Mainly this scrawl is to send you tons of love and best Immortal wishes


as Ever and Ever



  1. Date on envelope. [back]

  2. On the Oxford Book of American Verse (see Letter 44 n.2). [back]

  3. The projected "Oxford Book of Canadian Verse" (see Letter 51 n.1). [back]

  4. Samuel Bradley Gundy (see Letter 51 n.10). [back]

  5. The Ivory Door (1927), a three-act play by the British author Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956), began a run of three hundred and ten performances at the Charles Hopkins Theatre in New York on October 18, 1927. Milne’s books for children—When We Were Very Young (1924), Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), Now We Are Six (1927), and The House at Pooh Corner (1928)—were immediately and hugely successful. [back]

  6. Lawrence’s essay on Carman (see Letter 4 n.1 and Letter 57 n.8). [back]