Gustav Davidson Papers, 1613 -- 1986


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18.5 Cubic Feet

Gustav Davidson was born in Warsaw, Poland on December 25, 1895. His family moved to New York City in 1897. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Columbia University in 1919 and 1920 respectively. During the twenties and thirties, he wrote and published both dramatic works and poetry and founded and edited several literary magazines. In 1940 he founded Fine Editions Press. An integral part of the American poetry establishment through the 1960s, Davidson served as executive secretary of the Poetry Society of America from 1949 to 1965, after which time he was elected executive secretary emeritus. Also in 1965, he published his most well known book, A Dictionary of Angels, Including the Fallen Angels. Davidson married Mollie Strauss in 1942. He died February 6, 1971 in New York City.

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