Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894

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American poet and water-colorist.

From the description of Letters, 1872-1894. (University of Iowa Libraries). WorldCat record id: 233101484

Celia Laighton Thaxter was an American poet and essayist who lived much of her life in the Isles of Shoals, at first on White Island and later in a large cottage her brothers built for their parents on the island of Appledore, in which she eventually died. The family ran a hotel, Appledore House, which, along with Celia's cottage, burned in 1914. The cottage was home to Celia's literary salon in summer months and where she established her renowned garden. For some years Celia lived apart from her husband, Levi Lincoln Thaxter, but cared for her oldest son, Karl, who had disabilities.

From the guide to the Photographs of Celia Thaxter and Appledore Island (Me.), ca. 1880-1890., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

American poet.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Newtonville, to Mr. Ward, 1872 Nov. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270571886

From the description of Autograph letters signed (13) : [various places], to Mr. and Mrs. John W. Field, 1880 Dec. 27-1885 Jan. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270571883

From the description of Schumann's Sonata in A Minor : autograph manuscript of the poem, beginning "The brilliant room, the flowers, the perfumed calm" : [n.p.], 1881. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270571890

From the description of Tempest : autograph poem of nine stanzas signed : addressed "For The Independent", [n.p., n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270571895

Celia Laighton Thaxter was a popular American writer, primarily remembered for her poetry. She spent her formative years in relative isolation on the windswept islands of New England, and her awareness of nature and solitude are reflected in her writing. A natural poet, her verse employed the rather common rhymes popular in her day, but eschewed sentimentality and reflected strong realistic themes. She was much liked by the New England literary community, and often published work for children.

From the description of Celia Thaxter letters and poems, 1852-1886. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 56394292

Poet. Full name: Celia Laighton Thaxter.

From the description of The blind lamb : manuscript poem, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980590

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referencedIn Autograph File, T, 1580-1975. Houghton Library
creatorOf Rogers, Henry Munroe, 1839-1937,. Rogers Memorial Collection: Clara Kathleen Rogers papers, 1860-1934. Houghton Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous photographs of Celia Thaxter and Appledore Island (Me.), ca. 1889-1894. Houghton Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Renunciation holograph, [18--]. UNH Durham, Dimond Library
referencedIn Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (bulk 1820-1888) Houghton Library
referencedIn Rogers Memorial Collection: Clara Kathleen Rogers papers, 1860-1934. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Lamb, Rose. Correspondence, 1878-1893. Portsmouth Athenaeum Library & Museum
creatorOf Ward, Lydia Avery Coonley, 1845-1924. Autographs collected and letters received by Lydia Avery Coonley Ward, 1705, 1785, 1848, 1861-1922 (bulk 1861-1922). University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930. Autograph file, T, 1580-1975. Houghton Library
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z and unidentified Houghton Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Isles of Shoals collection, 1800-1965 (bulk 1890-1950). Portsmouth Athenaeum Library & Museum
creatorOf Astor, William Waldorf Astor, Viscount, 1848-1919,. Collection of miscellaneous letters [manuscript], 1785-1916. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Chapin, Bela, 1829-1920. Letter : Claremont [N.H.], to George Wadleigh, Dover, N.H., 1882 April 3. UNH Durham, Dimond Library
referencedIn J. T. (John Townsend) Trowbridge papers, 1855-1939. Houghton Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Letters, 1872-1894. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Last night I stole away alone / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
referencedIn Autograph album, 1877-1893. Houghton Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Celia Thaxter letters and poems, 1852-1886. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Last night I stole away alone / text by Celia Thaxter ; music by Fred'k Caldecott Slee. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
referencedIn Rogers Memorial Collection: Henry Munroe Rogers papers, 1812-1937 (bulk: 1862-1937) Houghton Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Letters, 1871-1892. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Trine, Ralph Waldo, 1866-1958. Letter to Mr. McClure, 1885 June 27. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Holograph verse, 1884 January 7. UNH Durham, Dimond Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Poems, [ca. 1875]. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. [Letter, 1874]. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Letter : Amesbury, [Mass.], to Sarah Orne Jewett, London, England, 1882 July 3. UNH Durham, Dimond Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Poems, ca.1890. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Autograph letter signed : Newtonville, to Mr. Ward, 1872 Nov. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia Laighton, Mrs., 1835-1894. Letter, 1886, April 7, Boston, to Mr. Stedman. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Poems, [between 1863 and 1875]. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library
referencedIn American literary collection, 1805-1930. New Hampshire Historical Society Library
creatorOf Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Letter, Danvers, Mass., to Celia Thaxter [manuscript] 1878 November 29. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Sarah Orne Jewett correspondence, 1861-1930. Houghton Library
referencedIn Holland Collection of Literary Letters (MS 168), 1850-1880, 1872-1878 University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Last night I stole away alone : for voice and orchestra / [text by] (Celia Thaxter) ; setting by Slee ; orchestration by Frederick W. Krafft. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library
referencedIn James Thomas Fields collection of autographs and portraits of distinguished women, 1814-1907. Houghton Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Receipt, 1882, October 6. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Prince, Warren. Warren Prince Scrapbook, 1873-1886. Peabody Essex Museum
creatorOf Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Pickard-Whittier papers, 1815-1915. Houghton Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Correspondence with Mrs. Rollins, 1888 November 25, Lucy Larcom, Oct. 12. 1870, Mr. Sargent, Newtonville, Jan. 22, 1891 ; The greedy ducks, poem ; 2 leaves from an album; portrait / Celia Thaxter. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Lamb, Aimée, 1893-1989. Aimée Lamb papers, 1888-1991. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Poets of America, extra-illustrated. Houghton Library
referencedIn Donoghue, Richard Sheridan. Thoughts : diary and recipe book, 1885-1898. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Song [18--] University of Michigan
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. The blind lamb : manuscript poem, undated. Library of Congress
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Holland Collection of Literary Letters (MS 168), 1850-1880, 1872-1878 University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Untitled poem [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Greer, Louise, 1899-. Papers of Louise Greer [manuscript], 1851-1964. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Currier family. Papers, 1861-1950 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. John Greenleaf Whittier Papers, 1808-1940. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Walter W. Wright Isles of Shoals Collection. University of New England, Westbrook College Campus
referencedIn Sarah Orne Jewett compositions and other papers, 1847-1909. Houghton Library
creatorOf Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Miscellaneous papers, 1831-1890. Houghton Library
referencedIn Charles E.L. Wingate papers, 1821-1919 (bulk 1892-1898) Houghton Library
referencedIn Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887. Papers, 1798-1893 (bulk 1827-1887) Houghton Library
referencedIn Photographs of musicians, composers, and singers, 1862-1948. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Houghton Mifflin Company. Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library
referencedIn [Celia Leighton Thaxter] [graphic]. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Quotation, 1892. University of Michigan
referencedIn Batchelder family papers, 1806-1902 Houghton Library
referencedIn St. Nicholas, Correspondence of Mary Mapes Dodge, 1867-1903 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special CollectionsManuscripts Division
referencedIn Portrait file: Guide. Houghton Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Autograph letters signed (13) : [various places], to Mr. and Mrs. John W. Field, 1880 Dec. 27-1885 Jan. 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Ralph Waldo Emerson letters from various correspondents, ca. 1814-1882. Houghton Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894,. Seaweeds gathered at the Isles of Shoals in 1857, 1857 and 1877. Houghton Library
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library
referencedIn James Freeman Clarke additional papers, 1806-1936. Houghton Library
creatorOf Erichsen, Hugo, 1860-1944. Methods of authors papers, 1884. University of Michigan
referencedIn Henry Oscar Houghton additional papers, 1836-1977. Houghton Library
creatorOf Photographs of Celia Thaxter and Appledore Island (Me.), ca. 1880-1890. Houghton Library
referencedIn Rogers Memorial Collection: Photographs, prints, and drawings, ca. 1600-1936 (bulk: 1861-1936) Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Autograph letter signed C. Thaxter to Mr Ward December 31, 1888. Wellesley College
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Correspondence, 1872-1891. UNH Durham, Dimond Library
referencedIn Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924. Isabella Stewart Gardner papers, 1760-1956. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Land-locked : manuscript, [18--] Houghton Library
referencedIn John Greenleaf Whittier collection of papers, 1833-1904, 1851-1892 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Schumann's Sonata in A Minor : autograph manuscript of the poem, beginning "The brilliant room, the flowers, the perfumed calm" : [n.p.], 1881. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Curson-Marquand family papers, 1683-1943. Houghton Library
referencedIn Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924. Manuscript poems by Longfellow, Lowell, Emerson, Holmes, Thoreau, Whittier Bryant, Aldrich and other famous American poets [manuscript], 1857-1905. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. John Greenleaf Whittier collection of papers, 1833-1904 bulk (1851-1892). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Last night I stole away alone / [text by] Celia Thaxter ; [music by Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
referencedIn Hutchinson, John,. [Isles of Shoals photograph album - selected photographs], [ca. 1898-1900]. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Briggs, Mary Ella, 1852-1913. Commonplace book, 1890-1921. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Ward, Samuel Gray. Samuel Gray Ward and Anna Hazard Barker Ward papers, 1823-1934 (inclusive) 1837-1900 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Poems : manuscript, 1874 and undated. Houghton Library
referencedIn James Thomas Fields autograph album, 1750-1941. Houghton Library
creatorOf Photographs of Celia Thaxter and Appledore Island (Me.), ca. 1880-1890.- Houghton Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Tempest : autograph poem of nine stanzas signed : addressed "For The Independent", [n.p., n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. Papers of William Dean Howells [manuscript], 1866-1919. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Cartes-de-visite album and biographies, ca. 1875-1876. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Wilheling holograph, [18--]. UNH Durham, Dimond Library
referencedIn Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960. Additional papers, 1880-1959 Houghton Library
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1871-1940. Houghton Library
referencedIn Samuel Gray Ward and Anna Hazard Barker Ward papers, 1823-1934 (inclusive) 1837-1900 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Pickard-Whittier papers, 1815-1915. Houghton Library
creatorOf Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894. Medrake and osperey holograph, [18--]. UNH Durham, Dimond Library
creatorOf Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881. James Thomas Fields Papers and Addenda, 1767-1914 (bulk 1850-1914) Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Hooper, Sarah Emery, 1822-1914. Scrapbook of death notices, obituaries, and letters of condolence for Mary T. Hemenway, 1894-1898. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Browning, Robert, 1812-1889. Autograph letter signed : London, to [Roland] Thaxter, 1885 Apr. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Scudder, Horace Elisha, 1838-1902. Correspondence, 1864-1906 Houghton Library
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associatedWith Carmen, William Bliss, 1861-1929, person
associatedWith Celia Thaxter person
associatedWith Chapin, Bela, 1829-1920. person
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New Hampshire
New Hampshire
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Marine algae
Women poets
Poets, American--19th century
Spiritualism
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American literature--Women authors
Botany
Children's poetry
Poetry
Women poets, American--19th century
Women authors--Correspondence
Botanical specimens
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Birth 1835-06-29

Death 1894-08-25

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