Fortunes of the Sea, August 1924  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Markham, Edwin 1852-1940
Fortunes of the Sea
August 1924 (inclusive)
2 items
Collection Number
Mss 757
This collection consists of a handwritten four line poem titled "Fortunes of the Sea" written by Edwin Markham and signed August 1924. The poem is accompanied by a note written by a man named Percy and addressed to Percy's father.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
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Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The American poet Edwin Markham was born in Oregon in 1852. He studied literature at the California College in Vacaville, California, and received his teacher's certificate in 1870. In 1872 he graduated from San Jose State Normal School, and in 1873 finished his studies of classics at Christian College in Santa Rosa.

At the turn of the twentieth century, with his wife Catherine Anna Murphy and their infant son Virgil, he moved East, settling first in Brooklyn, and then on Staten Island, New York in 1901, where he made his home until he died in 1940.

Markham is best known for his protest against the exploitation of laborers in the poem "The Man with the Hoe" and for his poem, "Lincoln, the Man of the People," that he delivered at the inauguration of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C., in 1922.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection includes a holograph poem titled "Fortunes of the Sea" written by Edwin Markham and signed August 1924. It also includes a note addressed to "Dear Dad" that reads "Here is an unpublished quatrain Markham gave me the other day. I thought you might like to frame it and hang in your school." The note is signed "Percy."

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Edwin Markham Poem, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • American poetry--20th century
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Poems
  • Occupations :
  • Poets, American