Wheelock, John Hall, 1886-1978

Alternative names
Birth 1886-09-09
Death 1978-03-22

Biographical notes:

Jack Wheelock was a close friend to Van Wyck Brooks at Harvard, and remained close to both Brookses afterwards.

From the description of Correspondence to Eleanor Stimson Brooks, 1907. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 191847885

John Hall Wheelock was an accomplished poet and influential editor at Scribner's for many years. Born on Long Island, he learned a love of poetry from his mother, which continued during his studies at Harvard and the University of Göttingen. Harvard friend Maxwell Perkins got him a job at Scribner's, and he became an innovative and influential editor, working with writers like Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Allen Tate; his contributions to poetry as editor are particularly noteworthy. Wheelock's own output of creative writing was limited, but his verse, steeped in traditional forms and values, was successful and admired, and he was an important figure in 20th-century American poetry.

From the description of John Hall Wheelock letters to Leighton Rollins, 1940. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 76756401

Wheelock was one of Van Wyck Brooks's oldest and closest friends from their time together at Harvard onwards.

From the description of Correspondence with Van Wyck Brooks, 1905-1963. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 190872485

John Hall Wheelock, author and editor, was born in Rockaway, Long Island. He attended Harvard and studied in Germany following his graduation. After his return to the U.S. he was employed by Scribner's where he worked with numerous authors including Thomas Wolfe and James Truslow Adams. He subsequently served as a director, treasurer, and senior editor for the publishing house. Over the course of his life he continued writing, winning numerous awards for his poetry and favorable reviews for his other works.

From the description of Papers of John Hall Wheelock, 1903-1971. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 69783429

American poet.

From the description of Papers of John Hall Wheelock [manuscript], 1925, 1968. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647813050

Author, poet, and editor at Charles Scribner's Sons.

From the description of Correspondence to Maxwell Struthers Burt, 1942-1951. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 122418027

Poet and editor.

From the description of John Hall Wheelock collection, 1935-1979. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 31182134

From the description of John Hall Wheelock papers, 1910-circa 2000 (bulk 1954-1978). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71066530

Author, poet.

From the description of Reminiscences of John Hall Wheelock : oral history, 1967. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309727842

American author and poet; held various positions at Charles Scribner's Sons publishing firm, including editor and director.

From the description of Letters : New York, to Ben Belitt, New York, 1934 July 30-Aug. 3. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 32415977

John Hall Wheelock was an award winning poet, author, and editor for Scribners. Pauline Frances Stephens was an American novelist and poet.

From the description of Letters, 1940 and 1954 to Pauline Frances Stephens. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 61723522

John Hall Wheelock was an American poet and editor. His verse combined a traditional, formal structure with a singular exuberance, and his gentle clarity earned him the praise and respect of his colleagues. He had a longtime affiliation with Scribners, notably as senior editor, and was responsible for introducing or developing numerous significant authors. His innovative Poets of Today series was successful and popular.

From the description of John Hall Wheelock correspondence with Louis Untermeyer, 1959-1962. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 55648513

Poet and editor.

The author of thirteen books of poetry, John Hall Wheelock began writing verse while a student at Harvard. From 1911 to 1957, he was an editor at Charles Scribner's Sons.

From the description of [Letters] 1937-1957. (University of South Florida). WorldCat record id: 57617210

Biographical Note

  • 1886, Sept. 9: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1905: Published with Van Wyck Brooks Verses by Two Undergraduates. Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1908: Graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1909: Student, University of Gottingen, Germany
  • 1910: Student, University of Berlin, Germany
  • 1911 - 1926 : Clerk, Scribner's Book Store, New York, N.Y.
  • 1911: Published The Human Fantasy. Boston: Sherman, French and Co.
  • 1912: Published The Beloved Adventure. Boston: Sherman, French and Co.
  • 1919: Published Dust and Light. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • 1922: Published The Black Panther. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • 1926 - 1947 : Editor, Charles Scribner's Sons
  • 1927: Published The Bright Doom. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • 1936: Published Poems, 1911-1936. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • 1940: Married Phyllis E. De Kay
  • 1947 - 1957 : Editor-in-Chief, Charles Scribner's Sons
  • 1956: Published Poems Old and New. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • 1961: Published The Gardener and Other Poems. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • 1963: Published What is Poetry? New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • 1966: Published Dear Men and Women. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • 1970: Published By Daylight and in Dream. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • 1971: Published In Love and Song. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • 1978: Published Afternoon: Amagansett Beach. Dandelion Press; and This Blessed Earth. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • 1978, March 22: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the John Hall Wheelock Papers, 1910-circa 2000, (bulk 1954-1978), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

The John Hall Wheelock Collections consists of several sub-collections, each contributed by a different creator. Biographies, when available, are included below:

John Hall Wheelock was the author of several books, including Verses by Two Undergraduates (with Van Wyck Brooks; 1905), The Human Fantasy (1911), The Beloved Adventure (1912), Love and Liberation: The Songs of Adsched to Meru, and Other Poems (1913), Dust and Light (1919), A Bibliography of Theodore Roosevelt (1920), The Black Panther: A Book of Poems (1922), The Bright Doom: A Book of Poems (1927), Poems, 1911-1936 (1936), Poems Old and New (1956), The Gardener, and Other Poems (1961), What Is Poetry? (1963), Dear Men and Women (1966), By Daylight and in Dream: New and Collected Poems, 1904-1970 (1970), In Love and Song: Poems (1971), This Blessed Earth: New and Selected Poems, 1927-1977 (1978), and Afternoon: Amagansett Beach (1978). He was also the editor of The Face of a Nation: Poetical Passages from the Writings of Thomas Wolfe (1939), Editor to Author: The Letters of Maxwell Perkins (1950), and Poets of Today (8 vols., 1954-1961).

  • 1886, Sept. 9: Born, Far Rockaway, N.Y.
  • 1904 - 1908 : Student, Harvard University; Official Poet of the Class of 1908
  • 1909 - 1910 : Student, University of Gottingen and University of Berlin.
  • 1911 - 1957 : Employed by the publishing firm of Charles Scribner's Sons, where he assisted and then succeeded Maxwell Perkins as senior editor, and where he advanced the careers of writers James Dickey, Louis Simpson, and Thomas Wolfe
  • 1937: New England Poetry Society's Golden Rose Award for Poems, 1911-1936
  • 1940, Aug. 25: Married Phyllis de Kay
  • 1944 - 1946 : President, Poetry Society of America
  • 1956 - 1965 : Won a number of prizes for his poetry, including the 1956 Torrence Memorial Award, the 1957 Borestone Mountain Award, the 1962 Bollingen Prize, and the 1965 Harvard University Signet Society Medal
  • 1967 - 1973 : Honorary Consultant in American Letters, Library of Congress
  • 1972: Gold Medal of the Poetry Society of America
  • 1978, Mar. 22: Died

Vince Clemente is an American poet, biographer, critic, editor, and professor of English born on April 28, 1932. He has contributed to numerous periodicals and has published several books, including Songs From Puccini (1978), From This Book of Praise (1978), and Broadbill Off Conscience Bay (1982); he is an editor of Paumanok Rising: An Anthology of Eastern Long Island Aesthetics (1981) and John Ciardi: Measure of the Man (1987). He is also the founding editor of Long Pond Review, West Hills Review: A Walt Whitman Journal, and John Hall Wheelock Review .

  • 1932, Apr. 28: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1953: B.A., St. Francis College, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • 1953 - 1955 : Military Service, U. S. Army
  • 1956: M.A., Columbia University
  • 1960, Jan. 30: Married to Ann J. Bearzatti
  • 1966 - : Adjunct Instructor (1966-75)/Assistant Professor (1975-78)/Associate Professor (1978-81)/Professor (1981-) of English, Suffolk County Community College, Selden, N.Y.

Marion E. Kenworthy was a professor of psychiatry and psychiatrist from New York, N.Y. She was one of the first female psychiatrists in America, and focused strongly on children's mental health. Further chronology details below.

  • 1891, Aug. 17: Born, Hampden, Mass.
  • 1913 - 1916 : Assistant Physician, Gardner State Colony, Gardner, Mass.
  • 1916 - 1919 : Senior Psychiatrist, Foxborough State Hospital
  • 1919 - 1921 : Director, Mental Hygiene Clinic, Central Branch YWCA; Assistant in Neurology and Psychiatry, Vanderbilt Clinic
  • 1921 - 1927 : Associate Director (1921-1924)/Medical Director (1924-1927) Bureau of Children's Guidance, N.Y.
  • 1924 - 1980 : Professor of Mental Hygiene (1924-1940)/Professor of Psychiatry (1940-1956)/Emeritus Professor (1956-1980), N.Y. School of Social Work
  • 1929: Co-authored Mental Hygiene and Social Work with Porter R. Lee
  • 1980: Died

Hope Stoddard was an author and poet from New York, N.Y. Further chronology details below.

  • 1900, Mar. 31: Born
  • 1923: B.A., University of Michigan
  • 1924 - 1932 : Editorial staff, Etude (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • 1940 - 1965 : Editor, International Musician (Newark, N.J.)
  • 1952: From These Comes Music: Instruments of the Band and Orchestra (young adult book)
  • 1957: Symphony Conductors of the U.S.A. (young adult book)
  • 1960: Subsidy Makes Sense
  • 1965: The Noon Answer (poems)
  • 1970: Famous American Women (young adult book)
  • 1975: The Curve of Time (poems)

Leighton Rollins was a writer, lecturer, and producer from Santa Barbara, Calif.

Carolyn Tyson was a poet and painter from New York, N.Y.

Helen S. Belknap was a cousin of John Hall Wheelock.

Diana Chang is possibly the Chinese American novelist and poet Diana (Diana C.) Chang, born 1934.

Michel Farano was an American poet, book reviewer, and editor.

Elwood Holstein was a public administrator from Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.

From the guide to the John Hall Wheelock Collection, 1935-1979, (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)


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