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Henry Walcott Boynton (AC 1891) Papers

Identifier: MA.00022

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, notes, reviews and clippings documenting the literary career of Henry Walcott Boynton. The collection includes handwritten drafts of plays ("Dr. Lavendar," "Guenever," "Pompilia," "Flood Tide," etc.), prose and poems, and drafts of stories written under the pseudonym John Walcott. Correspondence is chiefly with magazine and book publishers, including the Atlantic Monthly, The Bookman and The Nation.


  • Creation: 1897-1939


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the Boynton Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes. This collection is housed in off-site storage and requires advance notice before use. Please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the Boynton Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Walcott Boynton was born in 1869 in Guilford, Connecticut. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 1891, and his Master of Arts in 1893, both from Amherst College. From 1892 to 1901 Boynton was head of the department of English at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. After 1901 he devoted himself to writing. He was chief reviewer for the Atlantic Monthly from 1901 to 1904. He was on the regular staff of the Nation and the New York Evening Post beginning in 1912. He wrote criticism for the Bookman beginning in 1915. Boynton died in 1947.

Boynton was the author or editor of at least twenty-four books, often using his pseudonym, John Walcott. His works include: Life of Washington Irving (1901); The Golfer's Rubaiyat (1901); Bret Harte (1903); A Reader's History of American Literature (1903, with T.W. Higginson); Journalism and Literature (1904); Guenever, a Romantic Play (1905); The World's Leading Poets (1911); James Fenimore Cooper (1931); and Annals of American Bookselling (1932). Boynton's edited texts with introduction and notes include: Selections from Carlyle (1895); Tennyson's The Princess (1896); Milton's Paradise Lost (1897); Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield (1899); Pope's The Rape of the Lock (1901); Mrs. Ewing's Jackanapes (1902); Miss Martineau's The Prince and the Peasant (1902); Pope's Complete Poetical Works (Cambridge edition) (1902); Tennyson's Idylls of the King (1903); and Selected Poems for Secondary Schools (1911).


6.5 Linear feet (13 archives boxes)

Language of Materials



Correspondence, drafts of plays, notes, reviews and clippings documenting the literary career of Henry Walcott Boynton.


This collection is organized into nine series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: Dr. Lavendar
  3. Series 3: Manuscripts of Plays and Books
  4. Series 4: Manuscripts of Poetry
  5. Series 5: Boynton Writing Under Pseudonym John Walcott
  6. Series 6: Scrapbook on Guenever
  7. Series 7: Books of Clippings and Reviews By Boynton
  8. Series 8: Newspaper Clippings
  9. Series 9: Miscellaneous Materials

Processing Information

Finding Aid:
Revised November 1999
Edited by:
Daria D'Arienzo, Archivist of the College
Listed by:
Margaret R. Dakin, Archives and Special Collections Associate
Daria D'Arienzo, Margaret R. Dakin
Language of description
Script of description
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
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