Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


Digitizing a Diva's Work: The Amy Lowell Letters Project (8/30/2022)

Digitizing a Diva

The Amy Lowell Letters Project (ALLP), is an open-access, digital scholarly edition of the professional correspondence of the distinguished American poet Amy Lowell (1874–1925). Lowell had a fifteen-year career in which she composed numerous works of poetry and literary criticism. She is best known for bringing the Imagist movement to the United States.

No representative collection of Lowell’s letters exists, although she was a significant and controversial literary figure, corresponding with the most prominent poets, editors, and publishers of her time. Her papers are archived at Harvard University; with their permission, Dr. Bradshaw and her team are editing and digitizing letters related to her career as a powerful, polarizing, and influential figure in transnational modern poetry. The resulting digital critical edition will show the reach and complexity of her literary networks and offer researchers historical insights into the development and dissemination of modernist poetry.

The Amy Lowell Letters Project is generously supported by grants and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Newberry Library, The Modernist Studies Association, the Office of Research Services, Loyola University Chicago, and the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, Loyola University Chicago.

Listen to Dr. Bradshaw talk about Amy Lowell on BBC's Imagist Poetry program.