William Wallace Whitelock papers
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0.96 Cubic Feet (1 legal size document box, 1 flat box (15.5 x 12 x 3 inches), 1 flat box (11 x 9 x 3 inches))
William Wallace Whitelock's interest in writing began early in his life. He studied law for a brief period but found a more satisfying opportunity with the New York Mail and Express. He edited the Criterion with Rupert Hughes until the Spanish- American War (1898), when he enlisted in the Navy. After his naval service, Whitelock was appointed foreign correspondent of the literary section of the New York Times and published a series of literary articles, 1899-1902. He interviewed literary celebrities including Emile Zola, Anthony Hope, Leon Daudet, and Beatrice Harraden. He also wrote a series entitled "The Beginnings of Great Authors," subjects of which included George Eliot, Victor Hugo, and Charles Dickens. At the same time, Whitelock became a regular contributor to Harper's, the Century, Scribner's, and other leading magazines. In 1902, Whitelock published anonymously, The Literary Guillotine. This satire on contemporary writers was first published in the Reader magazine and later in book form.
In 1906, a successful play by Whitelock, The Man Who Told the Truth, was produced at the Princess Theater in New York. Between 1902 and 1907, he published a novel, When Kings Go Forth to Battle (1907); three volumes of poems, When the Heart is Young (1902), Just Love Songs (1906), Foregone Verses (1907); and an historical study of William the Third.
Whitelock was asked to translate Deutschland und der Weltkrieg which was published in 1916 as Modern Germany in Relation to the Great War. In the aftermath of World War I, Whitelock prepared studies of war-related problems for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
In 1921, Whitelock became professor of German at St. Stephen's College (later Bard College) and taught romance languages (1930- 1932) at Temple University. He completed a second volume of children's verse, Rhymes of Long Ago and co-edited a textbook, French Eloquence (1929). Whitelock continued to contribute poems to various magazines and newspapers, and much of this work was later included in anthologies. William Wallace Whitelock died in 1940.
Scope and Contents
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
- Armory Show
- Children's literature, American
- Daudet, Léon, 1867-1942
- Harraden, Beatrice, 1864-1936
- Hope, Anthony, 1863-1933
- Johns Hopkins University
- Poetry, Modern
- Poets, American
- United States
- United States. Navy
- Whitelock, William Wallace, 1869-1940
- Zola, Émile, 1840-1902
- clippings (information artifacts)
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