The New World

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Harold Witter Bynner (1881-1968) was an American poet, writer and scholar, known for his long residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at what is now the Inn of the Turquoise Bear. He graduated from Harvard


University in 1902. Initially he pursued a career in journalism at McClure's Magazine. He then turned to writing, living in Cornish, New Hampshire until about 1915. In 1916 he was one of the perpetrators, with Arthur Davison Ficke, a friend from Harvard, of an elaborate literary hoax. It involved a purported 'Spectrist' school of poets, along the lines of the Imagists, based in Pittsburgh. Spectra (1916), a slim collection, was published under the pseudonyms of Anne Knish (Ficke) and Emanuel Morgan (Bynner). In early 1917 he with Ficke travelled to Japan, possibly to escape the aftermath of the Spectra affair. He had a short spell in academia in 1918-1919 during World War I, at the University of California, Berkeley as Professor of Oral English. There, he composed Canticle of Praise and taught classes in poetry and verse writing. He then travelled to China, and studied Chinese literature. His other works include: An Ode to Harvard and Other Poems (1907), Tiger (1913), The Little King (1914) and The New World (1915).

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