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Hugh McCulloch poem

 Collection — Box: BW 27, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 16468

Content Description

This collection contains a draft of Hugh McCulloch's poem "Sonnet." It is a single letter-sized sheet of laid paper of watermarked Alex Firie & Sons, Stonewood and written on one side only. It contains one major change in the first line and a lesser change in the penultimate line.

The poem was originally published in The Chap-Book, Vol. 2, May 1, 1895 p.467.


  • Creation: 1895


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Hugh McCulloch (March 9, 1869 – March 27, 1902) was an American poet. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 2, 1869. He was the grandson of Hugh McCulloch who was Sec. of the Treasury under Lincoln, Johnson, and later Arthur. He attended Harvard University and served as an English assistant there from 1892 to 1894. He later went abroad to devote himself to his literary work. Inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites and decadents, his verse was praised for its "careful technique and reserve power."[1] His first volume, the Quest of Heracles and Other Poems, was published in 1893. He died on March 27, 1902 in Florence, Italy, shortly before he would have turned 33. Soon after, a volume of his last poems, composed while in Florence, Written in Florence: the Last Verses of Hugh McCulloch, was published. McCulloch was a member of a group of Harvard poets, described by George Santayana as having been "alone against the world", who died young, including George Cabot Lodge, Trumbull Stickney, Thomas Parker Sanborn and Philip Henry Savage.



0.03 Cubic Feet (1 letter size folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased from Franklin Gilliam Rare Books by the Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia Library on November 13, 2020.

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Guide to the Hugh McCulloch poem
Initial resource record created byRose Oliveira
4 January 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States