Crosby, Harry, 1898-1929

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Birth 1898-07-04
Death 1929-12-10
English, French

Biographical notes:

Poet, editor.

From the description of Letters 1928-1929. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 703897652

American poet and publisher also known as Henry Sturgis Crosby or Henry Grew Crosby. American expatriate in Paris in 1920's. His work expresses his disapproval of Puritan hypocrisy and his fascination for the cult of the sun. His Black Sun Press published special editions of James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, and other contemporaries. He committed suicide in New York on 10 December 1929.

From the description of Papers, [ca. 1919-1955]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122471177

Harry Crosby (1898-1929) was an American poet and publisher born in Boston, Massachusetts to a wealthy and socially prominent family. In 1922 Crosby married Mary Phelps Jacob Peabody, a Boston socialite and divorcee, then called "Polly", later known as Caresse Crosby. As members of the American expatriate community in Paris in the 1920s, they founded the Black Sun Press, publishing noted limited editions of James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, D. H. Lawrence and other major authors of the 1920s. Crosby's own writings, both published and in his notebooks, reflect his fascination for the cult of the sun. Crosby committed suicide with his mistress, Josephine Rotch, in New York on December 10, 1929.

Caresse Crosby continued Black Sun Press and Crosby Continental Editions in to the 1940s.

Constance Atherton, the "Comtesse de Jumilhac", was sometimes referred to by Harry Crosby by the nickname "Queen of Pekin". In the 1932 San Francisco Social Register, her name and that of her husband appear as "Rogers, Mr. & Mrs. Eliot (Atherton-de Jumilac-Constance C. COOLIDGE), Santa Barbara, Cal.".

From the guide to the Harry Crosby Papers, Crosby (Harry) papers, ca. 1919-1955, (John Hay Library Special Collections)


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