Davidson, Gustav, 1895-1971Alternative names
Poet, writer, publisher, secretary of Poetry Society of America.
From the description of Gustav Davidson letter to William Orton Tewson, [manuscript],  Jun 17 (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 247516917
Gustav Davidson was born in Warsaw, Poland on December 25, 1895. His family moved to New York City in 1897. He received his bachelor and master degrees from Columbia University in 1919 and 1920 respectively. During the twenties and thirties, he wrote and published both dramatic works and poetry and founded and edited several literary magazines. In 1940 he founded Fine Editions Press. An integral part of the American poetry establishment through the 1960s, Davidson served as executive secretary of the Poetry Society of America from 1949 to 1965, after which time he was elected executive secretary emeritus. Also in 1965, he published his most well known book, A Dictionary of Angels, Including the Fallen Angels. He died in 1971.
From the description of Gustav Davidson, papers, 1613-1983 1800-1964 1613-1983. (Tufts University - Tisch Library). WorldCat record id: 773061675
1895, Dec. 25:
Born, Warsaw, Poland
Family immigrated to the United States and settled in New York, N. Y.
Published with Joseph Koven Melmoth, the Wanderer; a Play in Five Acts. Boston: The Poet Lore Co.
1917- 1918: Founder and editor, Madrigal Magazine
B.A., Columbia University, New York, N. Y.
M.A., Columbia University, New York, N. Y.
1922- 1923: Founder and editor, Rhythmus Magazine
Published A Half Century of Sonnets. New York: N. L. Brown
1927- 1929: Leader of the Australasian expedition to the South Seas
1929- 1931: Book and music critic, editorial writer, and associate editor, The Daily Mirror, New York, N. Y.
1938- 1939: Bibliographer in children's literature, Library of Congress
Founded the Fine Editions Press
Married Mollie Strauss
1942- 1953: Founder and publisher, The Poetry Chap-Book
Published Thirst of the Antelope. La Porte, Ind.: The Dierkes Press
1949- 1965: Executive secretary, Poetry Society of America
Published Moment of Visitation. Denver, Colo.: Alan Swallow
Elected executive secretary emeritus, Poetry Society of America Published Ambushed by Angels. London: Outposts Publications
Published A Dictionary of Angels, Including the Fallen Angels. New York: Free Press
Published All Things Are Holy. Georgetown, Calif.: Dragon's Teeth Press
1971, Feb. 6:
Died, New York, N. Y.
From the guide to the Gustav Davidson Papers, 1909-1992, (bulk 1931-1971), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)
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