The Uncollected Writings of S. Foster Damon

Damon (1893-1971; Harvard, ‘14), my former teacher, was the author of, among other monuments, the first full-length critical book on William Blake to appear in America (1924)

A book of Damon’s uncollected writings should begin with the following selections, none of which previously appeared in books published under Damon’s name. From my experience of doing several one-person anthologies, I find that, once a contract is in hand, further research usually produces additional selections. Expect me to expand an appreciation of Damon that appeared in my book The New Poetries and Some Old (S. Illinois Univ., 1991). May I point out that my selections of AnOther E. E.Cummings (Liveright, 1998), is dedicated solely to Damon.

ON MUSIC AND DANCE

“Modern Popular Music,” Harvard Musical Review, I (November 1912)
“American Influence on Modern Freneh Music,” The Dial, LXV (15 August 1918)
“New Work of Puccini,” The Dial, LXVI (11 January 1919)
“Music in Colonial New England,” 1939 lecture
“Francis Daniel Pastorius,” Poetry: A Magazine of’ Verse, XLIV (April 1934)
“Tne Harris Collection Sheet Music,” Books at Brown, XIII (March 1951)
“Springfield Mountain,” Journal of’ American Folklore, LI (October-Decembcr 1946)
“The Negro in Early American Songsters,” Bibliographical Society of America, Papers, XXVII
(1934)
“A History of Square-Dancing,” Proceedings of’ the American Antiquarian Society, LXI1 (April
1952)

ON LITERATURE

“Chaucer and Alchemy,” PMLA, XXXIX (November 1925)
“Shakespeare Today,” 1942 lecture
Review of books by and about Thomas Lovell Beadoes, Hound & Horn, II (April-June 1929)
Review of The Poetical Works of Edward Taylor, New England Quarterly, XII (December 1939)
“Blake and Milton,” in The Divine Vision: Studies in the Poetry and Art of William Blake (Ed. V. de Solo Pinto, 1957)
“Why Ishmael Went to Sea,” American Literature, II (November 1930)
“Pierre the Ambiguous,” The Hound & Horn, II (January-March 1929)
“Early Brown Poets and Playwrights,” Brown Alumni Monthly, XXXIX (July 1933)
“The Odyssey in Dublin,” The Hound & Horn, III (October-December 1929)
Review of several books by and about James Joyce, The Adelphi, I (October 1930)
“Cummings as 1 Knew Him,” Brown Daily Herald Supplement, VII (16 October 1962)
Cummings’ Him,” The Saturday Review of Literature, IV (14 January 1928)
Review of E. E. Cummings’ Eimi, Providence Sunday Journal (23 April 1933)

ON OTHER SUBJECTS

“Tradition in American Painting,” The Hound & Horn, V (July-September 1932)
‘The Genesis of Boston,” Atlantic Monthly, CLVI (October 1935)
“Mickey Mouse,” The Adelphi, I (February 1931)
Several reviews of books about magic, alchemy and witchcraft, The Dial (January 1924), The Saturday Review of’ Literature, III (19 February 1927), The Dial (July 1927), The Saturday Review of Literature (20 April 1929), ete.

POEMS AND PLAYS

“Witch of Dogtown, a Drama in Three Acts” (about which I remember him speaking often)
Previously uncollected poems, to be selected, beginning with “The Mad Huntsman” (which Yvor Winters admired)