Bliss Carman's Letters to Margaret Lawrence 1927-1929

Edited by D.M.R. Bentley

Assisted by Margaret Maciejewski

Letter 67

Twilight Park

Haines Falls, N.Y.

8. July. 1928



Dear, darling, adorable, precious, angelic, sweet, and GENEROUS Margaret:


I want at once the sonnet on Pauline Johnson by Wilson MacDonald.1 Do I get it? Could you be so good and prompt as to copy it and send it?

True my "Copy" has gone in for the Anthology,2 but I have a few odds and ends to add, some of Wilson, some of Norwood3 & c.

If you are awfully GOOD as well as the other aforementioned things, you will add a word of love also. No?

Have a heart!


B. or C.

  1. The sonnet in question, "Pauline Johnson," appears in Songs of the Prairie Land, and Other Poems (1918), the first collection of verse by the Canadian writer Wilson Pugsley MacDonald (1880-1967). MacDonald published several more volumes during his long creative career, but only two others would have been known to Carman: The Miracle Songs of Jesus (1921) and Out of the Wilderness (1926). [back]

  2. See Letter 63 n.4. [back]

  3. Robert Norwood (1874-1932) was a Nova Scotia-born poet and clergyman who moved to the United States in 1917 and thereafter divided his life between his parishes in Philadelphia and, after 1925, New York. An eloquent and controversial preacher, he published several volumes of prose expounding his liberal Christianity and numerous collections of poetry: Driftwood (1898), His Lady of the Sonnets (1915), The Piper and the Reed (1917), The Modernists (1918), and Mother and Son (1925). The Witch of Endor, a closet drama, appeared in 1916, Bill Boram, a narrative poem, in 1921 and Issa, a meditative poem, in 1931. [back]