Haines Falls, N.Y.
8. July. 1928
darling, adorable, precious, angelic, sweet, and GENEROUS
want at once the sonnet on Pauline Johnson by Wilson
I get it? Could
you be so good and prompt
as to copy it and send it?
my "Copy" has gone in for the Anthology,2
but I have a few odds and ends to add, some of Wilson,
some of Norwood3
you are awfully GOOD as well as the other aforementioned
things, you will add a word of love also. No?
B. or C.
sonnet in question, "Pauline Johnson,"
appears in Songs of the Prairie Land, and Other
Poems (1918), the first collection of verse
by the Canadian writer Wilson Pugsley MacDonald
(1880-1967). MacDonald published several more volumes
during his long creative career, but only two others
would have been known to Carman: The Miracle
Songs of Jesus (1921) and Out of the Wilderness
Letter 63 n.4. [back]
Norwood (1874-1932) was a Nova Scotia-born poet
and clergyman who moved to the United States in
1917 and thereafter divided his life between his
parishes in Philadelphia and, after 1925, New York.
An eloquent and controversial preacher, he published
several volumes of prose expounding his liberal
Christianity and numerous collections of poetry:
Driftwood (1898), His Lady of the Sonnets
(1915), The Piper and the Reed (1917),
The Modernists (1918), and Mother and Son
(1925). The Witch of Endor, a closet
drama, appeared in 1916, Bill Boram, a narrative
poem, in 1921 and Issa, a meditative poem,
in 1931. [back]