Bliss Carman's Letters to Margaret Lawrence 1927-1929

Edited by D.M.R. Bentley

Assisted by Margaret Maciejewski

Letter 59

New Canaan, Connecticut

14. April. 1928



Dearest Margaret.


So many thanks for letter and good wishes! You are precious as ever, but this little friend is fevered with demands of work and lack of time.

I hope to finish "American Verse"1 next week, and then off to Toronto for more haste. However—I have to neglect so many other civil demands. I fear I cannot be hopitable [sic] to the musician2 in so short a time. But I should like to. I hate to have him feel alone in New York.

Here is April half gone and no time for a line in honor of her beauty!

Until soon and always


With love


  1. The revised Oxford Book of American Verse (see Letters 44 n.2 and Letters 54, 57, 58). [back]

  2. In a letter of April 13, 1928, Lawrence wonders whether Carman would be able to get together with Norman Wilks, an English pianist and admirer of his poems who was in New York for a week. As part of a Canadian tour, Wilks gave a recital in Toronto in March, 1928 and in June he was "appointed to the staff of the Toronto Conservatory of Music" (Saturday Night, June 16, 1928, 6). [back]