Poetry. The Collected Poems of Evelyn Scott continues an ongoing National Poetry Foundation project to bring into print the work of poets who in their judgment deserve critical reconsideration. Born in 1893 and beginning her writing career in the late 1910s, Evelyn Scott belonged to a generation that radically and permanently transformed the role of women poets within American culture. This volume reprints, for the first time since their original publication, two books of poetry that Scott published in her lifetime, Precipitations (1920) and The Winter Alone (1930), as well as The Gravestones Wept, a collection of poetry that Scott wrote in the 1930s and 1940s. These previously unpublished poems reveal Scott's work to have ripened into a new lucidity and authority. Reviving traditional poetic forms to new purpose, she addressed the traumas of modernity with a sometimes startling prescience. Includes biographical introduction by Caroline Maun and preface by Burton Hatlen.
Novelist and essayist Evelyn Scott was born Elsie Dunn in Clarksville on January 17, 1893, the only child of Seely and Maude Thomas Dunn. After living in Clarksville as a young child, she moved to New Orleans and enrolled in the Sophie Newcombe Preparatory School and later briefly at Sophie Newcombe College and Tulane University. Elsie Dunn rebelled early against the limitations of her class and times, writing at fifteen a controversial letter to the New Orleans Times Picayune advocating the legalization of prostitution as a way to control venereal disease. In 1913 she ran away to Brazil with a married man, Frederick Creighton Wellman, the dean of the School of Tropical Medicine at Tulane. To conceal their identities, they called themselves Cyril and Evelyn Scott. During the five years she spent in Brazil, where she gave birth to a son named Creighton in 1914, Evelyn Scott emerged as a writer. At first she produced poems and critical essays published in Poetry, the Dial, and other periodicals. But publication of The Narrow House (1921), the first of a trilogy of novels including Narcissus (1922) and The Golden Door (1923), brought her critical recognition from H. L. Mencken and launched a career that made her a significant American writer in the decades between the two world wars. This first trilogy was followed by a second--Migrations (1927), The Wave (1929), and A Calendar of Sin (1931). The Wave, Scott's best novel, deals with the Civil War in an experimental narrative style attempting both epic sweep and accurate psychological analysis. Due to the success of this work, Scott's publisher asked her to write an essay about relative newcomer William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury. While the Scotts returned to the United States in 1919, they did not settle permanently but spent time in Bermuda, France, North Africa, and England. Evelyn left Cyril for Owen Merton, father of the future Trapist monk Thomas Merton, and ended their common law marriage by divorce in 1928Author City: USA