Tarrytown, New York: 1887-1892. [Poetry, Literary] Stephen Henry Thayer Manuscript Archive plus Ephemera, Terrytown, New York, 1887-1892.
Collection of manuscripts, letters and clippings in very good condition with most in protective sleeves. Typical edge wear and toning. Very Good.
Known as the banker-poet of Sleepy Hollow, Stephen Henry Thayer led a multi-faceted career as banker, author, poet and literary editor. In New York, he was elected to membership in the New York Stock Exchange after which he founded the banking firm of Stout & Thayer. He served on numerous boards including those of steamship companies, railroads and coal mines.
Thayer's retreat, "Edgewood" on the Hudson River at Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, NY was where he found his literary muse. Here he wrote "Songs of Sleepy Hollow", "Songs from Edgewood", and "Daughters of the Revolution". He also wrote works of poetry, essays, hymns and many literary articles. Longfellow included two of Thayer's in his "Poems of Places" anthology.
This collection includes:
37-page written manuscript, "Alfred Tennyson" published in the Andover Review shortly after Tennyson passed in 1892. Includes Thayer's holograph corrections, notes and strike-through lines. Includes two printed copies of published essay.
Typed manuscript "Art in Fiction" published in 1890 in the Christian Union, with many of Thayer's ink pen corrections and notes. This essay is a critical look at Victorian era novels and his call for more 'realism'. Set includes 4 pages from the Christian Union as published plus clippings.
4 copies of Thayer's poem "In the Sleepy Hollow"; one is signed, one has holograph corrections.
Numerous newspaper clippings with reviews of Thayer's work.
Autograph letter signed by noted Massachusetts poet and critic James Russell Lowell, written on mourning stationary. Note acknowledges receipt of material from Thayer. Lowell also served as editor of the Atlantic Monthly.
Typed letter signed by publisher G.P. Putnam regarding permission to use Thayer's work in an anthology describing the Sleepy Hollow region.
We find no institution holding Thayer's papers, yet he was an important late 19th century literary figure of Sleepy Hollow. Item #347