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Frost, Robert correspondence with Cyril Clemens

Call Number: MS Am. 119

Scope and Contents

This collection of letters documents the interactions between Robert Frost and Cyril Clemens from 1928-1962. The letters discuss Frost’s receipt of the Mark Twain Medal in 1937 and include a photograph and news clipping describing the ceremony. Other topics include Frost’s feelings about the proposed translation of his poems into Japanese, his poor letter-writing habits, and the two men’s mutual interest in 19th century humorists. Among other topics are Frost’s thoughts on American politics, including campaigning and voting, and Clemens’ biography of the New England humorist Benjamin Penhallow Shillaber.


  • 1928-1962
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/04/1963

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research

Biographical or Historical Information

Robert Frost (1867-1963) was an American poet born in California, who lived in New England for most of his life. Frost wrote such poems as The Road Not Taken, My November Guest, and Gathering Leaves. He read his poem The Gift Outright at the inauguration of President Kennedy on January 20, 1961. Cyril Clemens (1902-1999) was an American editor and scholar, and a cousin of Samuel Clemens [Mark Twain]. He spent much of his life researching and writing about Twain, as well as presiding over the International Mark Twain Society which he founded in 1930, and editing the Mark Twain Quarterly journal.

Note written by Chandler E. Parker


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This collection of letters from Robert Frost to Cyril Clemens documents Frost’s interactions with Clemens, a cousin of Samuel Clemens [Mark Twain]. Among the topics discussed are the Mark Twain Award, Frost’s opinions on certain 19th century humorists, and his views on American politics.

Arrangement Note

Arranged chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

Clemens, Cyril
Frost, Robert correspondence with Cyril Clemens
Chandler E. Parker
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