Louise Imogen Guiney Letter
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- Guiney, Louise Imogen (Person)
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Guiney settled on a literary career while still in adolescence; her early poems were published in the Roman Catholic periodical Boston Pilot. In the 1880s she published two books of poetry and a book of fairy tales, and had won the friendship of such Boston literary figures as Annie Fields, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Alice Brown. She associated herself with Boston's artistic bohemia, among them photographer and publisher Fred Holland Day, and sometimes preferred to wear men's clothing; it has been speculated that she was romantically involved with either Brown or Day, or both.
Guiney's career as a poet slowed as her financial resources dwindled, and she was forced to work. During the 1890s, she held the job as postmaster at Auburndale, Massachusetts and continued to write and publish. Monsieur Henri, a romantic biography of a French counterrevolutionary, was published in 1892, followed by A Little English Gallery in 1894 and Lovers' Saint Ruth's and Three Other Tales in 1895. Although she resigned from the post office after a serious illness in 1897, she later accepted an appointment as a cataloger at the Boston Public Library and worked there for nearly two years.
In 1901 Guiney moved to England and made Oxford her home for the rest of her life, but she never gave up her American citizenship. In 1917 she suffered a stroke, which curtailed her work, and she died at the Cotswolds village of Chipping Camden on November 2, 1920.
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