Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Literary Gloucester

TL;DR -- Activities continue in Gloucester in commemoration of their 400th. Coming up this weekend is a tour related to literary activity that took place in the area. Familiar names were mentioned, so we went to look at our posts. 


We share this as a marker of the 400th of Gloucester which has been going on this year. With the warmer weather, a serious of tours are planned. One caught our attention as some of names have been mentioned in this blog. First, a quote from the site:

Gloucester has been home to great writers since at least the early nineteenth century when Judith Sargent Murray penned her feminist poems. T.S. Eliot, Nobel Prize winner, spent nearly every summer of his boyhood in Gloucester and themes of the sea often turn up in his poetry. Charles Olson and Vincent Ferrini maintained a poetic dialogue in the 20th century on just what it meant to be a good citizen. Add to these the authors who blew into Gloucester to write one work, like Rudyard Kipling and his “Captains Courageous,” Henry Wordsworth Longfellow with “The Wreck of the Hesperus,” or even genre horror author H.P. Lovecraft with “The Shadow over Innsmouth.”

The first name that comes to fore is Charles Olson about whom we wrote in 2014 and whom we mentioned a few times after that. T. S. Eliot had been mentioned as a friend of Ezra Pound. Then, we ran into H. P. Lovecraft as a possible subject late last year. H. W. Longfellow had been mentioned in the context of the start of The Atlantic. Too, he is related to Benjamin Wadsworth, former Head of Harvard. 

We will look further into the matter, starting with getting acquainted with the work of the Gloucester Writers Center


Note: See the post "In summary" with regard to pending changes in the stories of Thomas Gardner and Margaret Frye and their origins. 

Remarks: Modified: 05/23/2023

05/23/2023 -- 

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