Monro, Harold, 1879-1932

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Harold Monro was born in Brussels to Scottish parents, and educated at Cambridge. He wrote and published poetry, and founded the influential magazine, Poetry Review. He is best remembered for opening the Poetry Bookshop in London, where he published new collections of poems and created a hospitable environment for poets and readers. He also served in World War I, returning to the Bookshop in 1919. A modest poet, Monro led a troubled personal life, but aided and befriended many notable 20th century poets, including Wilfred Owen and Robert Frost, both of whom lived in the Poetry Bookshop for a time.

From the description of Harold Monro letters to Macdougall, 1920. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70247611

English poet and bookseller.

From the description of Strange meetings : place not specified: autograph manuscript of section XIII of the poem signed, 1928 Nov. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270639493

Epithet: poet and proprietor of the Poetry Bookshop

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Harold Edward Monro was born on Mar. 14, 1879, St. Gilles, Belgium; educated at Radley, 1892-96, and Cambridge, 1898-1901; married Dorothy Elizabeth Browne, 1903; founded Samurai Press and published first book, Proposals for a voluntary nobility (1907); moved to London, 1911; founded and edited the Poetry review, 1912; founded the Poetry Bookshop, 1913, where he met Alida Klementaski, who later became his second wife after his first marriage was dissolved in 1916; began poetry readings at Poetry Bookshop which continued up through the time of Monro's death; founded and edited Poetry and drama (1913-14) and the Monthly Chapbook (1919); although better known as an editor than a poet, he continued to write and publish poetry, and The collected poems of Harold Monro was published in 1933; died after an extended illness, 1932.

From the description of Papers, ca. 1910-1935. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 38060710

Harold Monro was an English poet, editor, and anthologist. Born in Belgium to British parents, he discovered a love of poetry at an early age, and it remained his sole interest through his career at Cambridge. Monro contributed significantly to English poetry by founding presses and periodicals dedicated to publishing verse, compiling anthologies, and establishing his London Poetry Book-shop, a gathering place for poets. His own poetry was admired yet neglected, and he was known for the sunny domestic tone of his most anthologized pieces. A wandering soul, much of Monro's later poetry reflects his inner despair, and, despite some technical clumsiness, it is this work that other poets have come to value.

From the description of Harold Monro letters and clipping, 1928-1970 (bulk 1928). (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 61356052

Monro, editor, publisher and proprietor of the Poetry Bookshop, was born in Belgium but he moved to England at age seven. Monro travelled extensively throughout Europe but he settled in London where he became a central figure in the poetic literary life of the city.

Monro published both modernists and the traditionalists, with his poetry moving between the two. Monro's unique voice is most obvious in his two works, "The Earth for Sale" and "Collected Poems" (1933).

From the description of Papers, 1911-1931. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122491197

Biography

Harold Edward Monro was born on March 14, 1879, St. Gilles, Belgium; educated at Radley, 1892-96, and Cambridge, 1898-1901; married Dorothy Elizabeth Browne, 1903; founded Samurai Press and published first book, Proposals for a Voluntary Nobility (1907); moved to London, 1911; founded and edited the Poetry Review, 1912; founded the Poetry Bookshop, 1913, where he met Alida Klementaski, who later became his second wife after his first marriage was dissolved in 1916; began poetry readings at Poetry Bookshop which continued up through the time of Monro's death; founded and edited Poetry and Drama (1913-14) and the Monthly Chapbook (1919); although better known as an editor than a poet, he continued to write and publish poetry, and The Collected Poems of Harold Monro was published in 1933; died after an extended illness, 1932.

From the guide to the Harold Monro Papers, ca. 1910-1935, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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referencedIn Drinkwater, John, 1882-1937. John Drinkwater collection, 1904-1937. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf OAC Review Index. Notes on T. S. Eliott, OAC Review, v.45, no.7, Apr. 1933, p.426-430, con't on p.454-457. University of Guelph
referencedIn Papers, 1897-1930. Houghton Library.
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referencedIn T. S. Eliot Collection TXRC07-A6., 1905, 1917-1979 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Correspondence, with Harold Monro, 1902-1929. University of Michigan
creatorOf Cannan, Gilbert, 1884-1955. Letters : London, Herts., to Harold Monro, 1913-1919. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn [Harold Monro : Australian Art and Artists file]. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Newbolt, Henry John, Sir, 1862-1938. Correspondence, 1927. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Letters from Roy Campbell to William Plomer, 1925-1930 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Department of Special Collections
referencedIn Roy Campbell compositions and correspondence, 1929-1951? and undated. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Monro, Harold, 1879-1932. Papers, ca. 1910-1935. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Monro, Harold, 1879-1932. Letters : London, to Claud Lovat Fraser, 1918 July 7 and 1920 July 22. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn Amy Lowell correspondence, 1883-1927 (inclusive), 1910-1925 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Ellen Van Volkenburg-Maurice Browne general correspondence, 1911- University of Michigan
creatorOf Campbell, Roy, 1901-1957. Compositions and correspondence, 1929-1951? and undated. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Aiken, Conrad, 1889-1973. Papers and photographs of Conrad Aiken, 1912-1959. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Rebecca West collection of papers, 1916-1975 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Mew, Charlotte Mary, 1869-1928. Autograph letter signed Charlotte Mew to: "Mr. Monro" November 21, 1915. Wellesley College
creatorOf Craig, Edward Gordon, 1872-1966. [Correspondence with Harold Monro, and other items. Newberry Library
creatorOf Stephens, James, 1882-1950. Letter, 1912 Apr. 22 : Dublin, to Harold Monro. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn Sir William Rothenstein correspondence and other papers, 1887-1957. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Penelope Fitzgerald Papers TXRC91-A1., 1912-1988 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Harold Monro Papers, ca. 1910-1935 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
referencedIn Turner, W. J. (Walter James), 1889-1946. Papers, 1918-1937. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Monro, Harold, 1879-1932. Autograph letter signed : London, to Berrisford, 1928 Feb. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Correspondence of the Poetry Bookshop, London, England, September-October 1926 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Department of Special Collections
creatorOf Monro, Harold, 1879-1932. Papers, 1911-1931. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Stephen Oliver Collection, 1955-1995 British Library: Music Collections
creatorOf Drinkwater, John, 1882-1937. Papers 1912-1920. Indiana University
creatorOf Miles, Philip Napier, 1865-1932. Overheard on a saltmarsh : dialogue for solo voice : op. 13, no. 3 / poem by Harold Munro ; music by P. Napier Miles. New England Conservatory of Music, Harriet M. Spaulding Library
creatorOf Flecker, James Elroy, 1884-1915. Letter and cards, 1912-1914, Beirut (Lebanon), Leysin, Locarno, and Montana-Sur-Sierre (Switzerland), to Harold Monro, London. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn Cleverdon mss. II, 1926-1988 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
creatorOf Monro, Harold, 1879-1932. Harold Monro letters to Macdougall, 1920. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Housman, A. E. (Alfred Edward), 1859-1936. Letter : Cambridge, to Harold Monro, London, 1929 Aug. 20. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Ellen Van Volkenburg-Maurice Browne general correspondence, 1911- University of Michigan
creatorOf Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. T.S. Eliot Collection, 1905, 1917-1979. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977. Louis Untermeyer collection of papers, 1913-1975. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Edward Howard Marsh collection of papers, 1886]-1963, 1910-1952 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Stephen Oliver: Shorter secular vocal works, 1965-1987 British Library
creatorOf Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951,. Letters to Alfred Kreymborg [manuscript], 1921-1956. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn John Drinkwater collection, 1904-1937 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. Papers pertaining to "The Enchanted Years" [manuscript], 1919-1922. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Supplementary Poetry Bookshop Papers83357-83382. Correspondence and papers of and relating to the poet and publisher Harold Monro (b. 1879, d. 1932) and his wife Alida Monro née Klemantaski (b. 1892, d. 1969), and to the Poetry Bookshop, opened by H..., 1900-1970 British Library
creatorOf Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965,. Editorial correspondence, 1904-1930. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Gibson, Wilfrid Wilson, 1878-1962. Wilfred and Elizabeth Gibson [i.e., Elizabeth (Gibson) Cheyne] Papers, 1905-1953. University of Michigan
referencedIn Woolmer, J. Howard. J. Howard Woolmer Poetry bookshop collection, 1961-1967. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
referencedIn Aiken, Conrad, 1889-1973. Papers and photographs: 1912-1959. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Robert Malise Bowyer Nichols collection of papers, 1911-1941 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Noguchi, Yoné, 1875-1947. Letters : Tokyo, to Ralph Hodgson, 1934-1937. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf West, Rebecca, 1892-1983. Rebecca West collection of papers, 1916-1975. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, L-Q. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Coulthard, Jean, 1908-2000. Two night songs : for bass baritone, string quartet, piano / music by Jean Coulthard. McGill University Library
referencedIn Louis Untermeyer collection of papers, 1913-1975 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Harold Monro. Papers of, and rel. to, Harold Edward Monro, poet and bookseller (b. 1879, d. 1932); c. 1865-1990. Many of the papers in Add. 80798 and 80799 are photocopies or transcripts of manuscripts some of which are either lost or whose whereab..., approximately 1865-1990 British Library
creatorOf Monro, Harold, 1879-1932. Strange meetings : place not specified: autograph manuscript of section XIII of the poem signed, 1928 Nov. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Nichols, Robert, 1893-1944. Robert Malise Bowyer Nichols collection of papers, 1911-1941. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library.
referencedIn MS Mus. 416. Alan Bush Collection. Vol. xci. Vocal music with orchestra; 1926-[1949].ff. 106. 355 x 265mm.1. ff. 1-27. Two songs for soprano and chamber orchestra, op.7; 1926. Full score, in ink.i. ff. 1-13. ‘The Moth’ (words, Walter de la Mare); Feb..., 1926-1949 British Library
referencedIn Drinkwater, John, 1882-1937. John Drinkwater collection, 1904-1937. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Hodgson, Ralph, 1871-1962. Letters and cards: to Aurelia Bolliger Hodgson, 1926-1953. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Monro, Harold, 1879-1932. Letters : London, to Grace Lovat Fraser, 1921-1924. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Fraser, Claud Lovat, 1890-1921. Letters : Surrey, London, Dymchurch, Buntingford, to Harold Monro, London, 1915 June - 1921 May. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn Charlotte Mary Mew collection of papers, 1913-1944 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Monro Papers. Vol. iv. Papers of Alida Monro (b. 1892, d. 1969), wife of Harold Monro; Arundel del Re (b. 1892, d. 1974), with whom Monro established The Poetry Review and the Poetry Bookshop; and Ruth Tomalin. Includes correspondence, some of it o..., 1918-1970 British Library
creatorOf STRACHEY PAPERS (20TH CENTURY SERIES). Vol. XXV (ff. 181). 1. ff. 1-3. Sir Bernard Mallet; 1920. 2. ff. 4-40. George Herbert Leigh Mallory, mountaineer; 1909-1918, n.d. 3. ff. 41-45. 'Katherine Mansfield'; 1916-1919. 4. ff. 46-50. E. Mardle; 1914-191..., 1893-1931 British Library
creatorOf POETRY BOOKSHOP PAPERS. Papers of Harold Monro (b.1879, d.1932), Alida Monro neé Klementaski (b. 1892, d. 1969), and of The Poetry Bookshop, etc.; 1889-1969, n.d. Autograph, signed, typewritten, printed and photographs, etc. The collection, made in 1..., 1889-1969 British Library
creatorOf Monro, Harold Edward, 1879-1932. Letter to W.E. Doubleday. [London, Eng.]. 1920 Nov. 3. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Maxwell Anderson Papers, 1920-1989, (bulk 1920-1955) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Editorial correspondence, 1904-1930. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Hodgson, Ralph, 1871-1962. Letters and cards : London, Lowestoft, and Japan, to Harold Monro, 1911-1921 and undated. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Monro, Harold, 1879-1932. Harold Monro letters and clipping, 1928-1970 (bulk 1928). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Brooke, Rupert, 1887-1915. Papers. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Monro, Alida Klemantaski. Letter to [Frank] Sidgwick. London, Eng. 1932 Mar. 21. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Marsh, Edward Howard, Sir, 1872-1953. Edward Howard Marsh collection of papers, [1886]-1963 bulk ([1910]-1952). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Rutherston, Albert Daniel, 1881-1953. Letters, ca. 1915-1945. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Anderson, Maxwell, 1888-1959. Maxwell Anderson papers, 1920-1989 (bulk 1920-1955). Library of Congress
creatorOf Mew, Charlotte Mary, 1869-1928. Charlotte Mary Mew collection of papers, 1917-1944. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Great Britain--London
England--London
Subject
Poets, English--19th century--Correspondence
Booksellers and bookselling
Poets, English--20th century--Archival resources
Authors, English--20th century--Correspondence
Poetry, Modern
Booksellers and bookselling--20th century--Correspondence
Modernism (Literature)
Occupation
Authors, English--20th century--Correspondence
Poets, English--20th century--Archival resources
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Birth 1879-03-14

Death 1932-03-16

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