Poems by Joan Murray
Joan Murray died in 1942, at the age of twenty-four. Experiencing ill health from the age eleven onwards, she published just one posthumous book of poetry, Poems by Joan Murray, a title in the Yale Younger Poets series selected by W. H. Auden. In the last years of her life Murray moved to Saranac Lake. While she did not set poems in particular Adirondack places, it’s fair to say she had both a metaphysical and spiritual connection to the Adirondacks which brought her solace.
There is very little commentary and scholarship on this fascinating tragic poet. She is an uncharted star, well situated for a senior project or fellowship that might help illuminate her place in American and Adirondack poetry traditions—if you are interested in perhaps figuring out a project based on Murray’s life and work, swing by Special Collections in ODY and talk to Interim Special Collections and Archives Librarian Paul Doty. Paul can also be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .