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Lewis George Sterner correspondence

Ms. Coll. 671

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Sterner, Lewis George, 1894-
Title:
Lewis George Sterner correspondence
Date [bulk]:
1928-1930
Date [inclusive]:
1918-1930
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 671
Extent:
0.4 linear foot (1 box)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lewis George Sterner (1894-1965) was a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed a doctoral thesis on "The Sonnet in American Literature" (submitted 1930). The bulk of this collection consists of letters to Lewis George Sterner from prominent poets and literary figures from 1927 to 1930, as a result of Sterner's research for his dissertation regarding the trends in American sonnet-writing and relating to permissions for using these writers' sonnets in his thesis.
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Biography/History

Born in 1894, Lewis George Sterner received his bachelor's degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1915, after which he served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Ambulance Corps and Medical Department in Allentown, Pennsylvania, during World War I. After the war he returned to his studies and to the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed a doctoral thesis on "The Sonnet in American Literature" (submitted 1930). His dissertation advisor was Arthur Hobson Quinn. Later he edited several anthologies of short stories and narrative poetry.

He appears to have worked as a teacher for the School District of Philadelphia for much of his career. He died on November 8, 1965, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of letters to Lewis George Sterner from prominent poets and literary figures from 1927 to 1930, as a result of Sterner's research for his dissertation. These items discuss trends in American sonnet-writing and relate to permissions for using these writers' sonnets in Sterner's thesis, "The Sonnet in American Literature," which was submitted 1930.

There are only a few letters written by Sterner. In additions to the letters, there are also 8 items of autographs and copies of poems inscribed to Sterner, collected during a "passing craze" in 1918.

The collection origins are outlined in a letter to University of Pennsylvania professor Arthur Hobson Quinn (folder 55), to whom Sterner gave the collection in 1930.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2019 January 28

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Holly Mengel

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Arthur Hobson Quinn, 1948 (originally gifted to Arthur Hobson Quinn by Lewis George Sterner, 1930).

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
Subject(s)
  • Poetry
  • Sonnets, American

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Adams, Léonie, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 1

Aiken, Conrad, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1929.

1 2

Aldis, Mary, letters to and from Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 3

Anderson, Maxwell, letter to Lewis George Sterner, [between 1927 and 1929].

1 4

Auslander, Joseph, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 5

Barker, Elsa, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 6

Bates, Katharine Lee, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 7

Benét, Stephen Vincent, letter to Lewis George Sterner, [between 1927 and 1929].

1 8

Benét, William Rose, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1927.

1 9

Bradford, Gamaliel, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1927.

1 10

Braithwaite, William Stanley, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 11

Branch, Anna Hempstead, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928-1929.

1 12

Burr, Amelia Josephine, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1927.

1 13

Burt, Maxwell Struthers, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 14

Bynner, Witter, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1927-1929.

1 15

Cabell, James Branch, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 16

Cather, Willa, letter to Lewis George Sterner, [between 1927 and 1929].

1 17

Cone, Helen Gray, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 18

Dargan, Olive Tilford, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928-1929.

1 19

Deutsch, Babette, letter to Lewis George Sterner, [between 1927 and 1929].

1 20

[Doolittle, Hilda] (marked on letter as H. D.), letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1929.

1 21

Dresbach, Glenn Ward, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1927.

1 22

Driscoll, Louise, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928-1930.

1 23

Eastman, Max, letter to Lewis George Sterner, [between 1927 and 1929].

1 24

Erskine, John, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 25

Evans, Abbie Huston. letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 26

Ficke, Arthur Davison, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1927.

1 27

Fletcher, John Gould, letter to Lewis George Sterner, [between 1927 and 1929].

1 28

Flexner, Hortense, letter to Lewis George Sterner, [between 1927 and 1929].

1 29

Fox, John, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1918.

1 30

Frazee-Bower, Helen. letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 31

Garland, Hamlin, letter to Lewis George Sterner, circa 1918.

1 32

Garrison, Theodosia Pickering, letter to Lewis George Sterner, [between 1927 and 1929].

1 33

Guiterman, Arthur, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1918.

1 34

Hagedorn, Hermann, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1927-1928.

1 35

Hazard, Caroline, letters to and from Lewis George Sterner, 1929.

1 36

Hillyer, Robert, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928-1929.

1 37

Howells, William Dean, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1918.

1 38

Johnson, Robert Underwood, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1927.

1 39

Jones, Thomas S. letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1927.

1 40

Keller, Helen, autograph, undated.

1 41

Kilmer, Aline, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 42

Kreymborg, Alfred, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 43

Leonard, William Ellery, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1927.

1 44

Lindsay, Vachel, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1918.

1 45

McCormick, Anne O'Hare, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1929.

1 46

Mifflin, Houston. letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 47

Miller, J. Corson, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1929.

1 48

Monroe, Harriet, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1927.

1 49

Morley, Christopher, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 50

Morton, David, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928-1929.

1 51

Percy, William Alexander, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1927.

1 52

Pound, Ezra, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1930.

1 53

Pulsifer, Harold Trowbridge, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 54

Quinn, Arthur Hobson, letter from Lewis George Sterner, 1930.

1 55

Reese, Lizette Woodworth, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1927.

1 56

Rittenhouse, Jessie B., letter to Lewis George Sterner, [between 1927 and 1929].

1 57

Robinson, Edwin Arlington, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1927.

1 58

Root, Elihu, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1918.

1 59

Sandburg, Carl, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 60

Santayana, George, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1927.

1 61

Scollard, Clinton, letter to Lewis George Sterner, circa 1918-1928.

1 62

Speyer, Leonora, letter to Lewis George Sterner, [between 1927 and 1929].

1 63

Spingarn, Joel Elias, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 64

Sterling, George, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1926.

1 65

Taggard, Genevieve, letter to Lewis George Sterner, [between 1927 and 1929].

1 66

Torrence, Ridgely, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 67

Towne, Charles Hanson, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 68

Untermeyer, Louis, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 69

Van Dyke, Henry, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 70

Villard, Oswald Garrison, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1929.

1 71

Vinal, Harold, letter to Lewis George Sterner, [between 1927 and 1929].

1 72

Weaver, John V. A. letter to Lewis George Sterner, [between 1927 and 1929].

1 73

Wheelock, John Hall, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 74

Widdemer, Margaret, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 75

Wood, Charles Erskine Scott, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 76

Wood, Clement, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 77

Woodberry, George Edward, letter to Lewis George Sterner, 1928.

1 78

[Illegible], letter to Lewis George Sterner regarding the copyright of a book of verses by Julia Dinsmore, undated.

1 79