Noyes, Alfred, 1880-1958

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Birth 1880-09-16
Death 1958-06-28
English, German, French

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From the description of Papers of Alfred Noyes, 1941. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79454022

Author Alfred Noyes was born in England and attended Oxford, although he left without earning a degree. He published his first book of poems at the age of twenty-one, and within ten years had become the most commercially successful poet of his day. Popular and prolific, Noyes wrote disarming, skillful verse in traditional metre, and actively opposed the Modernist movement. He also published essays, short fiction, novels, criticism, drama, and biography, and taught at Harvard and Princeton. He was exceedingly popular, and his acquaintances included Theodore Roosevelt and Benito Mussolini.

From the description of Alfred Noyes letters to Mrs. Ralph Sanger, poems, and essay, 1916-circa 1927. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 69937421

English poet.

From the description of Armistice : autograph poem signed : [n.p., n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270609651

From the description of Autograph letters signed (9) : Ipswich, London, etc., to St. John Adcock, 1928 Sept. 7-1930 Jan. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270611576

Alfred Noyes was an English poet, best known for his ballads THE HIGHWAYMAN (1906) and THE BARREL ORGAN. From 1903 to 1908, Noyes published five volumes of poetry books, including THE FLOWER OF OLD JAPAN and other poems. In 1907, he married Garnett Daniels. Noyes taught English literature at Princeton University, from 1914 until 1923. Noyes' wife died in 1926, resulting in his conversion to Roman Catholicism. He wrote about his conversion in THE UNKNOWN GOD, published in 1934.

James Thayer Gerould was a Princeton University librarian.

William Morris Colles was an author's agent and the founder and managing director of Authors' Syndicate in London, England.

From the description of Alfred Noyes collection, 1903-1936 (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 76954599


Alfred Noyes was born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England. His first book of poetry was completed while studying at Oxford, which he left without taking a degree. His most successful work deals with the sea and the Elizabethan tradition, notably the epic Drake, 1908. Having married an American, he travelled in the United States, and became visiting professor of poetry at Princeton from 1914 to 1923. In 1922 appeared The Torchbearers, a panegyric in blank verse on the hitherto.

Comparatively unsung men of science. He published literary essays in Some Aspects of Modern Poetry, 1924, a defence of traditionalism, and he also wrote plays, and studies of William Morris and Voltaire. Noyes died in 1958.

From the description of Letter, 1923. (Florida State University). WorldCat record id: 50657725

English writer and poet.

Best known for his poems "The highwayman" and "The barrel organ", Noyes also published and lectured extensively on literature in England and the United States. He taught English literature at Princeton University (1914-1923). Noyes was married to American Garnett Daniels until her death in 1926. He converted to Catholicism in 1926 and wrote frequently on the relationship between science and religious faith.

From the description of Alfred Noyes papers, 1843-1958 (bulk 1902-1927). (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 32876022

Alfred Noyes (1880-1958) was an English poet. Born in Wolverhampton, he attended Exeter College, Oxford and later taught English at Princeton University (1914-1923). He published his first book of poetry, The Loom Years, in 1902, followed quickly by five more between 1903 and 1908; his autobiography, Two Worlds for Memory, was published in 1953.

Perhaps Noyes' best-known work is the ballad-poem "The Highwayman," which begins, "The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees / The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas / The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor / And the highwayman came riding -- riding -- riding / The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn door." The poem has been set to music twice, adapted as a historical novel, and used as a music video.

From the guide to the Alfred Noyes Papers, 1900-1948, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)


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