Holmes, John, 1904-1962

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American poet, who taught for many years at Tufts University.

From the description of Between thousands and thousands / John Holmes. [1961] (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 232639456

John Albert Holmes Jr. received his Bachelor's degree from Tufts College in 1929. Throughout the following year attended graduate courses at Harvard while serving as an assistant in English at Tufts. Holmes began his teaching career at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he served as an Instructor of English during the years 1930-32. In 1934 he returned to Somerville and Tufts, joining the faculty of the Department of English, advancing to the rank full professorship in 1960. He was received an honorary doctorate by the University in 1962. Holmes achieved notable success as a poet and author during his lifetime. He published seven collections of poetry and his work appeared in numerous publications from literary journals to daily newspapers. Holmes wrote two books about the writing of poetry in addition to many essays and book reviews and he was an avid letter-writer. Holmes devoted considerable effort to fostering the development of young budding poets. He also taught poetry workshops at the Boston Center for Adult Education, and directed or participated in writers workshops at Tufts University, the University of New Hampshire at Durham, and the Chautauqua Writer's conference. Holmes also hosted an informal poetry circle among other Boston-area poets in the 1950s, a group which included May Sarton, Anne Sexton, and others who met regularly at Holmes' residence in Medford.

From the description of John A. Holmes papers, 1813-1976, bulk 1924-1962. 1813-76, bulk 1924-1962. (Tufts University - Tisch Library). WorldCat record id: 503315902

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referencedIn Eyges, Doris Holmes. Typed letter signed Doris Eyges to: Marilyn January 12, 1995. Wellesley College
creatorOf Holmes, John, 1904-1962. Typed letter signed John Holmes to: Miss Manwaring July 12, 1939. Wellesley College
referencedIn Bogan, Louise, 1897-1970. Autograph letter signed Louise Bogan to: Doris December 16, 1959. Wellesley College
referencedIn Robert Lowell papers, 1861-1976 (inclusive) 1935-1970 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Holmes, John, 1904-1962. Typed letter signed John Holmes to: Miss [Elizabeth] Manwaring March 14, 1939. Wellesley College
referencedIn Ciardi, John, 1916-1986. Autograph letter signed John to: [Doris Holmes Eyges] December, 1959]. Wellesley College
creatorOf Hale, Nancy, 1908-1988. Nancy Hale papers [manuscript], 1950. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Brackett, Katherine. Autograph letter signed Kate to: [Doris Holmes Eyges]. Wellesley College
creatorOf Holmes, John, 1904-1962. Typed letter signed John Holmes to: Miss [Elizabeth] Manwaring September 30, 1939. Wellesley College
referencedIn Widener Library manuscripts. Houghton Library
referencedIn R. Buckminster Fuller papers, ca. 1920-1983 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn First Parish (Cambridge, Mass.). Records, 1658- Harvard University, Divinity School Library
creatorOf Holmes, John, 1904-1962. John A. Holmes papers, 1813-1976, bulk 1924-1962. Tufts University - Tisch Library, Tisch Library
creatorOf Holmes, John, 1904-1962. Correspondence, 1943-1954. Mount Holyoke College, Williston & Miles-Smith Library
creatorOf Holmes, John, 1904-1962. Poems, 1947-1956, Massachusetts. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Holmes, John, 1904-1962. What the books do [1936?] University of Michigan
creatorOf Simonson, Muriel. Muriel Simonson, papers, 1908-1981. Tufts University - Tisch Library, Tisch Library
referencedIn Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960. Additional papers, 1880-1959 Houghton Library
creatorOf Holmes, John, 1904-1962. Between thousands and thousands / John Holmes. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Bogan, Louise, 1897-1970. Papers, 1930-1990 (inclusive), 1930-1970 (bulk). Amherst College
creatorOf Holmes, John, 1904-1962. Autograph letter signed John Holmes to: Miss [Elizabeth] Manwaring September 28, 1939. Wellesley College
referencedIn Booth, Philip E. Autograph letter signed Philip to: Doris December 5, 1959. Wellesley College
referencedIn Gordon Cairnie papers, 1922-1973. Houghton Library
referencedIn Carrier, Constance. Autograph letter signed Connie to: Doris. Wellesley College
creatorOf Albert, Samuel. Autograph letter signed Sam to: Doris December 9, 1959. Wellesley College
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library
referencedIn Autograph File, H, 1584-1988. Houghton Library
referencedIn Bevington, Helen Smith, 1906-2001. Autograph letter signed Helen Bevington to: Doris Holmes December 18, 1959. Wellesley College
referencedIn Horace Mason Reynolds papers, 1895-1965. Houghton Library
referencedIn Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962. Papers, 1897-1930 Houghton Library
creatorOf Trigg, Emma Gray White. Papers of Emma Gray Trigg [manuscript], 1921-1940. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Sergeant, Elizabeth Shepley, 1881-1965. Papers of Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant [manuscript] 1894-1961. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
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associatedWith Albert, Samuel. person
associatedWith Bevington, Helen Smith, 1906-2001. person
associatedWith Bogan, Louise, 1897-1970. person
associatedWith Booth, Philip E. person
associatedWith Brackett, Katherine. person
correspondedWith Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962 person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
correspondedWith Cairnie, Gordon. person
associatedWith Carrier, Constance. person
associatedWith Ciardi, John, 1916-1986. person
associatedWith Eyges, Doris Holmes. person
associatedWith First Parish (Cambridge, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983 person
associatedWith Hale, Nancy, 1908-1988. person
correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
correspondedWith Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977 person
associatedWith Manwaring, Elizabeth Wheeler, b. 1879. person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
correspondedWith Reynolds, Horace Mason, 1896-1965 person
associatedWith Sergeant, Elizabeth Shepley, 1881-1965. person
associatedWith Simonson, Muriel. person
associatedWith Trigg, Emma Gray White. person
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Poets, American
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