Melville Henry Cane

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Melville Henry Cane
Born(1879-04-15)April 15, 1879
Died March 10, 1980(1980-03-10) (aged 100)
Awards Robert Frost Medal (1971)

Melville Henry Cane (April 15, 1879 March 10, 1980) was an American poet and lawyer. He studied at Columbia University, and was the author of the influential book, Making a Poem (1953). [1]

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Columbia University Private Ivy League research university in New York City

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Early life and education

As a Columbia University student in 1900, [2] Cane worked as a reporter at the New York Evening Post and also wrote poetry. He also co-wrote the 1900 Varsity Show at Columbia, writing lyrics for libretto The Governor's Vrouw (1900), a two-act comic opera he co-wrote with Henry Sydnor Harrison, while John Erskine write the music. [3] Cane earned his law degree in 1905 and later specialized in copyright law.

Varsity Show

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Henry Sydnor Harrison American journalist

Henry Sydnor Harrison (1880–1930) was an American novelist, born in Sewanee, Tenn. He graduated from Columbia in 1900, and received an honorary A.M. from the same university in 1913. In 1914, he was elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He wrote under the pen name "Henry Second," and made contributions to The Atlantic Monthly and other magazines. Novels written by him include Queed (1911) and V.V.'s Eyes (1913), which were very well received. Other works include Angela's Business (1915), When I Come Back (1919), Saint Teresa (1922), and Marriage (1923), a volume of short stories. Harrison also wrote a story, called "Miss Hinch", where a daring criminal and the lady after her make their way through New York City streets at midnight.

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Cane was a legal counsel to notable writers like Sinclair Lewis, Upton Sinclair, Ayn Rand, William Saroyan, and Thomas Wolfe and also served on the board of directors for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Inc. Cane was also awarded the Frost Medal by the Poetry Society of America in 1971 for lifetime achievement.

Sinclair Lewis American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright

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Ayn Rand Russian-American writer and philosopher

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Some of Cane's works are: January Garden (1926), Behind Dark Places' (1930), And Pastures New (1956) and Snow Towards Evening (1974).


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  1. Filreis, Alan (17 September 2009). Counter-revolution of the Word: The Conservative Attack on Modern Poetry, 1945-1960: Easyread Edition. pp. 53–. ISBN   978-1-4587-2314-7 . Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  2. Columbia University, Class of 1900; Class of 1900 Staff; Melville Cane; William Churchill De Mille (1900). The Naughty-Naughtian: Being the Book of the Class of 1900, in Columbia College. Class of 1900. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  3. "The Governor's Vrouw libretto cover". CU Libraries Exhibitions. Retrieved June 27, 2013.