Sergeant, Elizabeth Shepley, 1881-1965

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American writer who graduated from Bryn Mawr College (class of 1903). Among her published writings are Willa Cather: A Memoir and Robert Frost: The Trial by Existence.

From the description of Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant papers, 1949-1964. (Bryn Mawr College). WorldCat record id: 44712504

Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant (1881-1965), author and journalist,wrote for The New Republic and other magazines and published six books,including Fire Under the Andes (1927), Willa Cather: A Memoir (1953) and Robert Frost: The Trial by Existence (1960).

From the description of Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant papers, 1903-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702132861

Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, eldest daughter of Charles Spencer and Elizabeth Blake Shepley Sergeant, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on April 23, 1881. She attended Miss Winsor's School in Boston 1894-99 and was graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1903. Between 1903 and 1913 she made several extended visits to France, attending lectures at the Sorbonne and meeting a number of artists and authors. Her volunteer social work in Boston and New York inspired her first article, "Toilers of the Tenements," published in 1910 by McClure's . The editor, Willa Cather, befriended and encouraged her. In 1914 Sergeant became one of the original contributors to The New Republic, specializing in French literature and culture. Her first book, French Perspectives, was published in 1916. She returned to Paris the following year as a war correspondent for The New Republic . While touring a battlefield in October 1918, Sergeant was severely injured by a land mine and hospitalized for several months. She recounted the experience in Shadow-Shapes: Journal of a Wounded Woman (1920).

On the advice of her doctor, Sergeant moved to New Mexico in 1920, where she came in contact with the Taos writers colony and the Indian rights movement. She worked with the American Indian Defense Association, both as a volunteer and on assignments for its executive secretary, John Collier. She published more than a dozen articles on New Mexico and the Pueblo Indians, mostly in The Nation and The New Republic . Sergeant returned to New York at times, particularly to work on a series of profiles of prominent Americans. Fourteen of these were collected in her 1927 book, Fire under the Andes, which included her first essay on Robert Frost. Her only novel, Short as any Dream, appeared in 1929.

Sergeant studied with Carl Jung and Toni Woolf in Zurich from 1929 to 1931. In the mid-1930s she was employed by John Collier, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and reported on Pueblo social conditions and reactions to the Wheeler-Howard Act. She also joined Writer's Editions. Sergeant sold her New Mexico house soon after this, however, and returned to New York, eventually settling in Rockland County. In both the 1930s and 1940s, she continued to publish magazine articles, including profiles of authors and popular treatments of psychological topics. She also began work on her two full-length biographical studies. Willa Cather: A Memoir was published in 1953. Despite her ill health and failing eyesight, in 1960 she published the well-reviewed Robert Frost: The Trial by Experience . Sergeant had planned to follow this with an autobiography, but she did not live to complete it. She died in New York on January 26, 1965.

From the guide to the Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant papers, 1903-1965, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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referencedIn John Collier papers, 1910-1987 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIb, 1807-1825 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Sergeant, Elizabeth Shepley, 1881-1965. Letter, ca. 1964, Piermont, N.Y., to Kathleen Morrison. Dartmouth College Library
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creatorOf Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant papers, 1903-1965 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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referencedIn M. A. Howe correspondence with Jack W. C. Hagstrom, 1956-1965. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Cather, Willa, 1873-1947. Typed letter, signed for her by Miss Bloom, her secretary : [New York], 21 December 1940, to Elsie [Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Alyse Gregory papers, 1888-1982, 1939-1967 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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creatorOf Sergeant, Elizabeth Shepley, 1881-1965. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1921-1963. University of Pennsylvania Library
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referencedIn Papers, 1840-1961. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
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referencedIn Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972. Letters from Mark Van Doren [manuscript] 1938-60. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cather, Willa, 1873-1947. Letters (68) and postcards (8), most signed : various places, to Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, 1910-1946. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Sergeant, Elizabeth Shepley, 1881-1965. Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant papers, 1903-1965. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Barrett, Clifton Waller, 1901-. Papers of the Clifton Waller Barrett family, 1960-1991. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Sergeant, Elizabeth Shepley, 1881-1965. Robert Frost [manuscript] : The trial by existence (galley proof) uncorrected, ca. 1970. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Gregory, Alyse, 1884-1967. Alyse Gregory papers, 1888-1982 (bulk 1939-1967). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Gregory, Alyse, 1884-1967. Alyse Gregory papers, 1888-1982 (bulk 1939-1967). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Thompson, Lawrance Roger, 1906-1973. Papers of Lawrance R. Thompson, 1935-1971. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Frost, Robert, 1874-1963. Correspondence, 1906-1963. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Cather, Willa, 1873-1947. Papers of Willa Sibert Cather [manuscript] 1899-1949. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Swenson, May. Letter, 1957 Sept. 3, Peterboro, N.H. to Robert Frost. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Papers, 1840-1961. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Sergeant, Elizabeth Shepley, 1881-1965. Letters, 1957 Jan. 28-1958 July 21, to Kathleen Morrison. Dartmouth College Library
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creatorOf Sergeant, Elizabeth Shepley, 1881-1965. Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant papers, 1949-1964. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Sergeant, Elizabeth Shepley, 1881-1965. Papers of Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant [manuscript] 1894-1961. University of Virginia. Library
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Place Name Admin Code Country
New Mexico
France
Paris (France)
Paris (France)
Southwest, New.
France
Southwest, New
Taos (N.M.)
New Mexico
Taos (N.M.)
Subject
Indians of North America--Government relations
Pueblo Indians
Women
Indians of North America--New Mexico
Authors, American
Reporters and reporting
Psychology
Personality
Education, Secondary
Indians of North America
Interpersonal relations
World War, 1914-1918
Single women
Self-actualization (Psychology)
World War, 1914-1918--France
Occupation
Authors
Journalists
War correspondents
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Birth 1881-04-23

Death 1965-01-26

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