Collection RC0524 - William Force Stead collection

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William Force Stead collection

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  • 1909-1972 (Creation)

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2 cm of textual records
1 drawing: pen and ink sketch.

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William Force Stead, poet and clergyman, was born 29 August 1884 in Washington, D.C. and educated at the University of Virginia. He went to England with the U.S. consular service, serving as Vice-Consul in Liverpool and Nottingham. He left the service to study at Queen's College, Oxford. He was ordained into the Church of England and appointed assistant chaplain of the Anglican church in Florence, Italy. He returned to England around 1926 and was elected a Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford. From 1927 to 1933 he served as college chaplain. In 1939 he returned to the United States where he became professor of English at Trinity College in Washington, D.C. He died on 8 March 1967 in Baltimore, Maryland. His best work of poetry is Uriel, A Hymn in Praise of Divine Immanence (1933). He was also a reviewer for The Times Literary Supplement. His academic scholarship involved the poet Christopher Smart (1722-1771). In 1939 Stead edited Rejoice in the Lamb: A Song from Bedlam by Christopher Smart.

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The collection consists of 6 letters, only one of which is from Stead. There is a letter from Arthur Sherbo who enclosed three of his articles on Christopher Smart. There is one manuscript page by H.W. Powell, a writer of nature notes for the Oxford Times and a typescript biographical sketch of Stead by his son, Julian. There is a pen and ink caricature of Stead done by R. D. Usherwood at Worcester College in 1931; a few news clippings, and an issue of Alumnae Journal of Trinity College which published an article by Stead about T.S. Eliot whom he had baptized into the Church of England. The collection was supplemented by books by Stead and two books belonging to him which have been catalogued.

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Date of acquisition and provenance are unknown. One of the letters notes that Stead's fonds was owned by James Osborn of Yale University in 1972.


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