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Louis Untermeyer (1885–1977)

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Louis Untermeyer was born in 1885 in New York City. He was a poet, anthologist, and editor. Untermeyer was known for his wit and his love of puns. For a while, he held Marxist beliefs, writing for magazines such as The Masses. He advocated that the U.S. should stay out of World War 1. After the vis mere suppression of that magazine by the U.S. government, he joined The Liberator, published by the Workers Party of America. Later he wrote for the independent socialist magazine The New Masses. He was a co-founder of "The Seven Arts," a poetry magazine that is credited for introducing many new poets, including Robert Frost. In 1950, Untermeyer was a panelist during the first year of the What's My Line? television quiz program. According to Bennett Cerf, Untermeyer would sign virtually any piece of paper that someone placed in front of him, and Untermeyer inadvertently signed a few Communist proclamations. He was named during the hearings by the House Committee on Un-American Activities investigating communist subversion. At that point, the producers told Untermeyer that he had to leave the television series. The controversy surrounding Untermeyer led to him being blacklisted by the television industry. Louis Untermeyer was the author or editor of close to 100 books, from 1911 until his death in 1977. Many of his books and his other memorabilia are preserved in a special section of the Lilly Library at Indiana University. Schools used his Modern American and British poetry books widely, and they often introduced college students to poetry. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
Image credit: English: American writer, poet, literary critic, and editor Louis Untermeyer (1885-1977)


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The Golden Treasury of Poetry (1959) — Redaktør — 582 eksemplarer
New Enlarged Pocket Anthology of Robert Frost's Poems (1971) — Redaktør — 453 eksemplarer
A Treasury of Great Poems (1942) — Redaktør — 395 eksemplarer
Modern American and Modern British Poetry (1919) — Redaktør — 308 eksemplarer
Treasury of Favorite Poems (1932) — Redaktør — 214 eksemplarer
The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature Set (1961) — Redaktør; Bidragyder — 210 eksemplarer
A Concise treasury of great poems (1953) — Redaktør — 186 eksemplarer
Modern American Poetry (1919) — Redaktør — 175 eksemplarer
Albatross Book of Verse (1933) — Redaktør — 156 eksemplarer
Story Poems: An Anthology of Narrative Verse (1957) — Redaktør — 105 eksemplarer
Modern British Poetry (1920) — Redaktør — 104 eksemplarer
This Singing World (1777) 95 eksemplarer
Æsop's Fables (A Giant Golden Book) (1958) — Redaktør — 74 eksemplarer
Love Sonnets (1964) — Redaktør — 62 eksemplarer
Tales from the Ballet (1968) 49 eksemplarer
A Treasury of Ribaldry (1956) — Redaktør — 48 eksemplarer
Lots of limericks: light, lusty, and lasting (1961) — Redaktør — 46 eksemplarer
For You With Love (1961) 39 eksemplarer
The Forms of Poetry (1926) 38 eksemplarer
The second Christmas (1961) 37 eksemplarer
The Magic Circle: Stories and People in Poetry (1952) — Redaktør — 33 eksemplarer
Rainbow in the Sky (1963) 29 eksemplarer
Poems: Selections from the Golden Treasury of Poetry (1959) — Redaktør — 29 eksemplarer
Plants of the Bible (1970) 28 eksemplarer
Doorways to Poetry (1938) 28 eksemplarer
The Pursuit of Poetry (1969) 25 eksemplarer
The Pocket Book of Story Poems (1945) — Redaktør — 25 eksemplarer
Pan Book of Limericks (1961) — Redaktør — 25 eksemplarer
The Pocket Book of American Poems (1948) 23 eksemplarer
Love Lyrics (1965) — Redaktør — 22 eksemplarer
Stars to Steer By (1941) 21 eksemplarer
American Poetry, 1922 A Miscellany (2007) — Redaktør — 19 eksemplarer
Big and Little Creatures (1961) 14 eksemplarer
Cat O' Nine Tales (1971) 12 eksemplarer
Heinrich Heine: Paradox and poet (1937) 11 eksemplarer
The Paths of Poetry (1966) 11 eksemplarer
Robert Frost: a backward look (1964) 11 eksemplarer
A Galaxy of Verse (1978) 10 eksemplarer
Long feud, selected poems (1962) 9 eksemplarer
The lowest form of wit (1947) 8 eksemplarer
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (1970) 8 eksemplarer
The Kitten Who Barked (1962) 8 eksemplarer
You, a poem by Louis Untermeyer (1969) 8 eksemplarer
One and one and one (1962) 7 eksemplarer
The Pocket Treasury (1947) 6 eksemplarer
Moses, a novel (1958) 6 eksemplarer
This is your day,: A poem (1964) 5 eksemplarer
Pour Toi (1968) 5 eksemplarer
Heavens (2008) 5 eksemplarer
Labyrinth of Love (1901) 5 eksemplarer
Challenge (2011) 4 eksemplarer
Rainbow in the Sky (1935) 4 eksemplarer
Including Horace (1919) 4 eksemplarer
The book of noble thoughts (1946) 4 eksemplarer
More Poems 3 eksemplarer
The New Adam 3 eksemplarer
American Poetry Since 1900 (1977) 3 eksemplarer
Burning Bush. (1928) 3 eksemplarer
Roast Leviathan (1975) 2 eksemplarer
Wordsworth to Dylan Thomas (1988) 2 eksemplarer
The donkey of God (1999) 2 eksemplarer
Roses 2 eksemplarer
The New Era in American Poetry (1901) 2 eksemplarer
Grimm's Fairy Tales Vol I (1962) 2 eksemplarer
The Best Humor of 1949-1950. (1950) 2 eksemplarer
The Best Humor Annual (1952) 2 eksemplarer
Collected parodies 2 eksemplarer
TheseTimes (1917) 2 eksemplarer
The Dog of Pompeii 2 eksemplarer
Chip: My Life and Times (1933) 1 eksemplar
Your lucky stars 1 eksemplar
American Poems 1 eksemplar
Words of Wisdom 1 eksemplar
�sop's fables 1 eksemplar
Barchester Towers 1 eksemplar
The Magic Circle 1 eksemplar
Ten Brothers {poem} 1 eksemplar
Lift Up Your Heart 1 eksemplar
Adirondack Cycle (1929) 1 eksemplar
The Heart 1 eksemplar
Grimm's Fairy Tales Vol II (1962) 1 eksemplar
Food and drink 1 eksemplar
THANKS, A Poem (1965) 1 eksemplar
The Worlds Great Stories (1968) 1 eksemplar
Westwind Songs 1 eksemplar

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Poems (1890) — Redaktør, nogle udgaver160 eksemplarer
The Fireside Book of Dog Stories (1943) — Bidragyder — 146 eksemplarer
A Comprehensive Anthology of American Poetry (1929) — Bidragyder — 129 eksemplarer
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Bidragyder — 116 eksemplarer
Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing (2006) — Bidragyder — 90 eksemplarer
A Golden Treasure of Jewish Literature (1937) — Bidragyder — 76 eksemplarer
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854) — Editor & Introduction, nogle udgaver68 eksemplarer
The poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, (The American poets) (1943) — Redaktør — 53 eksemplarer
The Love Poems of Robert Herrick and John Donne (1948) — Redaktør, nogle udgaver45 eksemplarer
Poems of Emily Dickinson [ed. Untermeyer] (1952) — Redaktør — 36 eksemplarer
The Golden Book of Quotations (1964) — Forord — 20 eksemplarer
Poems of Heinrich Heine (1923) — Oversætter, nogle udgaver; Redaktør — 19 eksemplarer
The Poems of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1945) — Redaktør — 17 eksemplarer
Bawdy Songs and Backroom Ballads (1960) — Forord — 13 eksemplarer
The Poetry and Prose of Walt Whitman (1949) — Redaktør, nogle udgaver7 eksemplarer
Case-Record from a Sonnetorium (1951) — Forord — 6 eksemplarer
Focus (1970) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
A Cedar Box and Other Poems (1929) — Forord — 5 eksemplarer
War poems from the Yale review (1919) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
The Complete Household Tales of Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm (Volume II) — Redaktør, nogle udgaver4 eksemplarer
A Treasury of the Spoken Word (1949) — Introduktion — 3 eksemplarer
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The Golden Treasury of Ogden Nashery — Introduktion, nogle udgaver1 eksemplar

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New York, New York, USA
Newtown, Connecticut, USA
left high school without graduating
Priser og hædersbevisninger
U.S. Poet Laureate, 1961-1963
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature ∙ 1941)
Kort biografi
"Untermeyer ... continued to be active in campaigning for left-wing causes and as a result the FBI had been collecting a file of his activities. His name was also mentioned during the House of Un-American Activities Committee investigation into communist subversion. This was brought to the attention of the television industry and in 1951 Untermeyer was sacked from the television show and was blacklisted. Like many left-wing artists during this period, Untermeyer became a victim of McCarthyism.

"In his autobiography, Timebends - A Life (1987), Arthur Miller, explained how Untermeyer responded to this victimization: 'Louis went back to his apartment. Normally we ran into each other in the street once or twice a week or kept in touch every month or so, but I no longer saw him in the neighborhood or heard from him. Louis didn't leave his apartment for almost a year and a half. An overwhelming and paralyzing fear had risen him. More than a political fear, it was really that he had witnessed the tenuousness of human connection and it had left him in terror. He had always loved a lot and been loved, especially on the TV program where his quips were vastly appreciated, and suddenly, he had been thrown into the street, abolished.'"
Married four times, to Jean, Virginia, Esther, then Bryna.



My fifth grade students and I enjoyed a lively discussion about this touching story. Tito, a blind homeless boy living in Pompeii, experiences the famous eruption of 79 AD. Tito relies on Bimbo, his faithful dog/comerade, for survival. Our discussion ranged from the importance of the setting for this story, the relationship between Bimbo and Tito, faithfulness and sacrifice, as well as foreshadowing and prophesy within the story.
This book sparked interest in not only Mt. Vesuvius, but other active volcanoes in the world.… (mere)
Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
favorites of romance, humor, adventure
SrMaryLea | Aug 22, 2023 |
This was a thrift-store pickup, mainly due to the interesting period artwork within. The most important thing about it, I guess, would be if I found it at least somewhat funny or not. I may have chuckled once maybe twice in the reading. To be honest most of the humor is definitely dated (it is from 1946 after all). However, a lot of the humor is based on the premise that women talk a lot and are emotional, men are the opposite. One example being A Pair of Sexes by Franklin P. Adams. A man talks on the phone in Part I which is a single line of dialogue. In Part II it's a woman on the phone and goes on for almost two pages. Basically, a visual joke when looking at the text. The intended effect the author was probably hoping for was that the reader would stop partways into the female dialogue and chuckle not having to continue but seeing the length. The effect on me was simply a sigh and a little anger at the (long dead) author for wasting my precious time.
Another premise that is "of its time" is humor aimed at immigrant and Jewish stereotypes with only a couple of bits of actual racist humor rearing its ugly head. The n-word does show up once (its "less" potent variant shows up about twice elsewhere) but I cannot remember which story, I hit that word and just skipped the story (most of these things just blend together into an antiquated mush really). Note that most, maybe all, of the authors whose work appears in this collection were born in the 19th-century and long dead by the time this book was published.
There are extracts from other (better) books such as a section on Mark Twain with The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County reprinted in full with extracts from Tom Sawyer (Tom Whitewashes the Fence) and Roughing It. There is also a bit from Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris (The Wonderful Tar Baby Story) and multiple episodes drawn from other novels and longer pieces.
Despite these hurdles I did find a few stories that I enjoyed reading. These would be: The Obituary Poet by Max Adeler (here's where I laughed), The Elephant Cutlet by Ludwig Bemelmans, the poem To a Small Boy Standing on My Shoes While I Am Wearing Them by Ogden Nash, Butch Minds the Baby by Damon Runyon, Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer (hey it is a classic though I always picture Disney's cartoon while reading it), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber, and I did enjoy The Art of Insult Or, The Devastating Crusher section along with Edward Lear's Limericks and the More Limericks section.
Overall, it wasn't a bad buy for two bucks. There are a few bits of classic humor buried in here but overall it's stuff that has less aged badly rather than having been utterly left behind in the ashes of history. Even some of the daily life references were very alien to me. It also contains stories not just with the previously mentioned flaws but many are also very dialogue-heavy and written in very dense colloquialisms (Haw-haw, they speak funny, pfft) both of these things I hate with an overriding passion (I avoided the O.Henry section, besides I've read both the omnibus volumes of his work so I've paid my dues).
So, would I recommend this book to anybody? Not really. There's probably text from novels and other books that are hard or nearly impossible to find now and it suited my purpose for some light reading but the stuff I thought was a good read can be had elsewhere with more consistent quality in the text for the most part.
… (mere)
Ranjr | Jul 13, 2023 |
This was a treasured book of Ed’s. I had it rebound for him while I was at the Athenaeum.
Eurekas | 3 andre anmeldelser | May 4, 2023 |



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