Arlo Bates and George L. Vose papers

Creator: Bates, Arlo, 1850-1918
Abstract: A novelist, poet, and teacher, Arlo Bates was born in East Machias, Maine, on December 16, 1850. Bates is the author of fourteen novels and additionally published seven volumes of poetry. A note in the collection indicates that George Leonard Vose was Bates' father-in-law and it is indicated by the collection that they remained close. Vose himself was an academic; he was a highly respected professor of civil engineering at Bowdoin College where he authored a handbook for engineers, A Manual for Railroad Engineers and Engineering Students. The Arlo Bates and George L. Vose Papers comprise .3 linear feet (153 items) of letters, photographs, and an unidentified manuscript fragment. The collection spans the years 1879 to 1916 and includes correspondence from many well known novelists, poets, biographers, scholars, editors, publishers, composers, and statesmen. Taken together, Bates's letters offer an interesting critique of the literary marketplace of the time. Many letters reflect the difficulties of women writers struggling to break into a male dominated market. Many such writers ask for advice or thank Bates for his kind words and encouragement. Vose's letters, on the other hand, tend more toowards the personal. His letters to his sister-in-law, Persis N. Andrews, are filled with local news of weddings and births and the sad passing of old friends. He vividly captures the landscape and eccentric characters of the small seaside community of Costine, Maine.
Date(s): 1879-1916
Call Number: MSS 0373