Turbyfill, Mark, 1896-1990

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Chicago dancer, poet and painter.

From the description of Mark Turbyfill papers, 1911-1985. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 317711431

Mark Turbyfill was born in Oklahoma in 1896 and educated in local schools there until he moved to Chicago at the age of 14. He attended high school in Chicago and remained in the city to pursue poetry and dancing. His early poems were somewhat in the Imagist style, but he also wrote satires in free verse. His most famous poems are Living Frieze, A Marriage with Space, for which he won the Levinson Prize in 1926, and Evaporation, On the Bias. Turbyfill was also awarded the Young Poets' Prize by Poetry in 1919, and was a contributor to Northwestern Essays on Contemporary Thought, edited by Baker Brownell. Though he was a member of Adolf Bolm's ballet in Chicago, Turbyfill is better known for his work as a dance critic. He served as dance critic of The Chicagoan, 1931--1933 and the Chicago Herald and Examiner in 1934, and Chicago correspondent of The Dance in 1931. In addition he served on the faculty of the Goodman Theater in Chicago from 1931 to 1932. He died in 1990.

From the description of Selected Mark Turbyfill letters, 1907-1966. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 298240998

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creatorOf Turbyfill, Mark, 1896-1990. Mark Turbyfill papers, 1911-1985. Newberry Library
creatorOf Becker, John J. Stage work no. 3 : A marriage with space : a drama in color, light and sound for solo and mass dramatization, solo and dance group and large orchestra / music by John J. Becker ; poem by Mark Turbyfill. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Bolm, Adolf, 1884-1951. Letters to Ruth Page, 1929-1972. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Drury, John, 1898-. John Drury-Marion Neville papers, 1860-1970. Newberry Library
creatorOf Fuller, Henry Blake, 1857-1929. Henry Blake Fuller papers, 1874-1940, bulk 1874-1929. Newberry Library
referencedIn Jones, Susan Wilbur, 1893-1969. Susan Wilbur Jones papers, 1906-1970. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Van Vactor, David, 1906-1994. Ballet : Play on words / David Van Vactor ; choreography by Mark Turbyfill. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Papers, 1897-1930. Houghton Library
referencedIn Jones, Susan Wilbur, b. 1893. Susan Wilbur Jones papers, 1873-1970. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Page, Ruth. Scrapbooks: v. 5, New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Turbyfill, Mark, 1896-1990. Selected Mark Turbyfill letters, 1907-1966. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Turbyfill, Mark, 1896-1990. [Programs, announcements] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Barzel, Ann. Ann Barzel papers, 1912-2005. Newberry Library
creatorOf Turbyfill, Mark, 1896-1990. Without chaperone, by Mark Turbyfill, 1920? Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Abercrombie, Gertrude, 1909-1977. Gertrude Abercrombie papers, 1888-1986. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Damon, S. Foster (Samuel Foster), 1893-1971. Musical compositions, 1908-192?. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967. Jean Toomer papers, 1898-1963 (inclusive), 1920-1954 (bulk). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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associatedWith Abercrombie, Gertrude, 1909-1977. person
associatedWith Anderson, Margaret, 1890-1973. person
associatedWith Barzel, Ann. person
associatedWith Becker, John J. person
associatedWith Bolm, Adolf, 1884-1951. person
correspondedWith Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962 person
correspondedWith Brownell, Baker, 1887-1965 person
associatedWith Chicago Allied Arts, Inc. corporateBody
correspondedWith Damon, S. Foster (Samuel Foster), 1893-1971 person
associatedWith Drury, John, 1898- person
associatedWith Dunham, Katherine. person
correspondedWith Fuller, Henry B., d. 1981 person
associatedWith Fuller, Henry Blake, 1857-1929. person
associatedWith Gurdjieff, Georges Ivanovitch, 1872-1949. person
associatedWith Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man. corporateBody
associatedWith Jones, Susan Wilbur, b. 1893. person
associatedWith Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925. person
associatedWith Maeterlinck, Maurice, 1862-1949. person
associatedWith Midwest Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Monroe, Harriet, 1860-1936. person
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Page, Ruth. person
associatedWith Page, Ruth, 1899-1991. person
associatedWith Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballet. corporateBody
associatedWith Putnam, Samuel, 1892-1950. person
associatedWith Sayers, Lionel. person
correspondedWith Sowerby, Leo, 1895-1968 person
associatedWith Tietjens, Eunice, 1884-1944. person
associatedWith Tobey, Mark. person
associatedWith Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967. person
associatedWith Van Vactor, David, 1906-1994. person
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Ballet dancers--Biography
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Dance teachers--Biography
Authors, American--20th century
Art, Modern--20th century
Poets, American--20th century--Biography


Birth 1896

Death 1990


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