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Rolfe Humphries (1894-1969) was an American poet, translator, teacher, critic, and editor. According to Richard Gillman, author of Poets, Poetics, and Politics: America's Literary Community Viewed from the Letters of Rolfe Humphries, 1910–1969, Humphries was "the total poet. . . . If ever there were poets who did in fact breathe their art, he was one of them."

From the guide to the Rolfe Humphries Papers, 1962-1963, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Rolfe Humphries (1894-1969) was a noted poet and translator. He was author of Europa and other poems and sonnets and a translator of Virgil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Juvenal's Satires, and other works. Humphries taught poety and creative writing workshops, including the Writer's Conference in the Rocky Mountains, held at the University of Colorado, and the University of New Hampshire Writers' Conference. Humphries taught English at Amherst College until his retirement in 1965.

From the description of Rolfe Humphries translation of The satires of Juvenal (MS 18), 1958. (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 254533209

American poet and translator of classics, notably Virgil's AENEID and Ovid's THE ART OF LOVE. A native of Philadelphia, he attended both Stanford and Amherst, and later taught at both universities as well as others. His poems were published both as collected works and individually in many journals. He loved horse races and baseball. He was living in Woodside, California, when he died.

From the description of Rolfe Humphries papers, 1940-1970. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122500325

George Rolfe Humphries, noted poet, translator, teacher, critic and editor, was born in Philadelphia in 1894. He graduated from Amherst College in 1915 and then taught Latin in secondary schools in San Francisco, New York City and Long Island until 1957. In 1957 Humphries joined the faculty of Amherst College as a Lecturer in the English Department, and retired in 1965. In addition to his own works of poetry, Humphries is noted for his acclaimed translations of Virgil's Aeneid and other Latin works.

From the description of Humphries papers, 1896-1992 (bulk 1915-1969). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 49541429

Rolfe Humphries (1894-1969) was a noted poet and translator. He was author of Europa and Other Poems and Sonnets and a translator of Virgil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Juvenal's Satires, and other works. Humphries taught poety and creative writing workshops, including the Writer's Conference in the Rocky Mountains, held at the University of Colorado and the University of New Hampshire Writers' Conference. Humphries taught English at Amherst College until his retirement in 1965.

From the guide to the Rolfe Humphries Translation of The Satires of Juvenal (MS 18), 1958, (University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.)

Humphries (1894-1969) was an American poet, translator and critic. Graduate of Amherst College, Class of 1915.

From the description of [Letter] 1940 Jan. 28, 35-34 77 Street, Jackson Heights, N.Y.C. [to] H. L. Seaver / Rolfe Humphries. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 234302873

Poet, editor and educator. Full name: George Rolfe Humphries. Born 1894, died 1969.

From the description of Papers of Rolfe Humphries, 1934-1952. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71132391

George Rolfe Humphries, noted poet, translator, teacher, critic and editor, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 20, 1894. He attended Towanda High School and entered Amherst College in 1911. He taught Latin in secondary schools in San Francisco, New York City and Long Island through 1957. In 1925 he married Helen Ward Spencer. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in creative writing, 1938-1939. In 1957 Humphries joined the faculty of Amherst College as a Lecturer in the English Department. He retired in 1965.

Humphries' lasting achievement was as a poet and translator. His works of original verse include Europa and Other Poems and Sonnets, 1929; Out of the Jewel, 1942; The Summer Landscape, 1945; Forbid Thy Ravens, 1947; The Wind of Time, 1949; Poems Collected and New, 1954; His translations include The Poet in New York, a translation of Garcia Lorca, 1940; Virgil's Aeneid, 1951; Ovid's Metamorphoses: Art of Love, 1953, 1955; Juvenal's Satires, 1959; Selected Epigrams of Martial, ca. 1963. W.H. Auden called Humphries' translation of Virgil's Aeneid "a service for which no public reward could be too great."

Humphries is also notable as a mentor to many young poets, including Theodore Roethke. Among his literary friendships were those with Louise Bogan, Edmund Wilson, and Roethke. He taught at many poetry and creative writing workshops, including the University of New Hampshire Writers' Conference and the Writers' Conference in the Rocky Mountains at the University of Colorado.

Rolfe Humphries died on April 22, 1969 in Redwood City, California.

From the guide to the Humphries Papers, 1896-1992, 1915-1969, (Amherst College Archives and Special Collections)

Biography

American poet and translator of classics, notably Virgil's AENEID and Ovid's THE ART OF LOVE. A native of Philadelphia, he attended both Stanford and Amherst, and later taught at both universities as well as others. His poems were published both as collected works and individually in many journals. He loved horse races and baseball. He was living in Woodside, California, when he died.

From the guide to the Rolfe Humphries Papers, 1940-1970, (Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.)

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creatorOf Wolf, Robert L. Papers, 1923-1925. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Humphries, Rolfe. Papers of Rolfe Humphries, 1934-1952. Library of Congress
creatorOf Humphries, Rolfe. Autograph letter signed Rolfe Humphries to: Miss Manwaring October 15, 1945. Wellesley College
creatorOf Humphries, Rolfe. [Letter] 1940 Jan. 28, 35-34 77 Street, Jackson Heights, N.Y.C. [to] H. L. Seaver / Rolfe Humphries. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972. Edmund Wilson letters and postcard, 1927-1961. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Rolfe Humphries Papers, 1940-1970 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Humphries, Rolfe. Autograph letter signed Rolfe Humphries to: Miss Manwaring November 7, 1945. Wellesley College
creatorOf Drewry, Guy Carleton, 1901-1991. Guy Carleton Drewry papers [manuscript], 1933-1974. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Taggard, Genevieve, 1894-1948. Papers, 1924-1929. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn George P. Garrett Papers, 1929-2008, (bulk 1960-2000) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Bogan Papers, 1930-1970 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
creatorOf O'Conor, Norreys Jephson, b. 1885. Papers of Norreys Jephson O'Conor, 1890-1964 (bulk 1940-1958). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Sterling, George, 1869-1926. Papers of George Sterling, 1895-1927. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library
creatorOf Humphries, Rolfe. Autograph letter signed Rolfe Humphries to: Miss [Elizabeth] Manwaring October 24, 1945. Wellesley College
creatorOf Humphries, Rolfe. Autograph letter signed Rolfe to: Doris December 12, 1959. Wellesley College
creatorOf Clemens, Cyril, 1902-1999. Material relating to George Sterling, 1940-1949. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Marguerite Yourcenar additional papers, 1842-1996. Houghton Library
referencedIn Theodore Roethke papers and collected materials on Theodore Roethke, 1891-2002, 1930-1963 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf Carrier, Constance. Constance Carrier papers, ca. 1929-1991. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. Additional papers, 1917-1962 and undated. Houghton Library
creatorOf Bogan, Louise, 1897-1970. Papers, 1930-1990 (inclusive), 1930-1970 (bulk). Amherst College
creatorOf Babcock, Donald Campbell, 1885-1986. Donald Campbell Babcock papers, 1903-1986. UNH Durham, Dimond Library
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creatorOf Humphries, Rolfe. Correspondence, 1945-1965. Mount Holyoke College, Williston & Miles-Smith Library
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creatorOf Taggard, Genevieve, 1894-1948. Genevieve Taggard papers, 1881-2001 (bulk 1920-1948). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Robert Francis Papers MS 403., 1891-1986 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
creatorOf Broderip, Frances Freeling, 1830-1878. Limericks collection, ca. 1650-1971. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Rosenberger, Francis Coleman, 1915-. Papers of [Francis] Coleman Rosenberger, 1946-1952. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Humphries Papers, 1896-1992, 1915-1969 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
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creatorOf Humphries, Rolfe. Rolfe Humphries translation of The satires of Juvenal (MS 18), 1958. University of Colorado Boulder
creatorOf Rolfe Humphries Translation of The Satires of Juvenal (MS 18), 1958 University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
creatorOf Sterling, George, 1869-1926. Papers, 1918-1941. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Yaddo records, 1870-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Genevieve Taggard papers, 1881-2001, 1920-1948 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Humphries, Rolfe. Rolfe Humphries papers, 1940-1970. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Humphries, Rolfe. Autograph letter signed Rolfe Humphries to: Miss [Elizabeth] Manwaring September 29, 1945. Wellesley College
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referencedIn Charles Andrews Fenton papers, 1954-1960 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
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referencedIn Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962. Papers, 1897-1930 Houghton Library
creatorOf Humphries, Rolfe. Humphries papers, 1896-1992 (bulk 1915-1969). Amherst College. Library
creatorOf Bogan, Louise, 1897-1970. Bogan papers, 1897-1970. Amherst College. Library
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library
referencedIn Rolfe Humphries and Henry Pettit Letters (MS 204), 1962 University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
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correspondedWith Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962 person
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associatedWith Clemens, Cyril, 1902-1999. person
correspondedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 person
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associatedWith Ferry, David. person
associatedWith Francis, Robert, 1901-1987 person
correspondedWith Garrett, George P., 1929-2008 person
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associatedWith Glaze, Ralph, 1882- person
associatedWith Hall, Donald, 1928- person
associatedWith Humphries, Florence Yost. person
associatedWith Humphries, Florence Yost. person
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associatedWith Manwaring, Elizabeth Wheeler, b. 1879. person
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United States
Subject
Poets, American--20th century--Correspondence
American literature--20th century
Poets, American--20th century--Sources
Epigrams, Latin--Translations into English
Translators--United States--Sources
Verse satire, Latin--Translations into English
Translators
Translators--United States
Translators--Sources
Poets, American
Literature--American Poetry
Latin poetry
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Educators
Poets
Editors
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Birth 1894-11-20

Death 1969-04-22

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