|Title:||Gordon Kinzer Letters|
|Inclusive Dates:||1924, undated|
|Quantity:||2 items (SC)|
|Abstract:||Incoming correspondence about poet Rupert Brooke, including letters from Walter de la Mare and Frederick O'Brien.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
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Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Gordon Kinzer (1900-1966) was an American artist. His collection of letters focuses on Rupert Brooke (1887-1915), an English poet known for his wartime sonnets written during the First World War.
Born in Hamilton, Ohio on December 23, 1900, Gordon Kinzer studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). He moved to California in 1922, settling in Los Angeles by 1932. He died in Orange, California on April 14, 1966.
Rupert Brooke was born on August 3, 1887 in Rugby, Warwickshire, England. He attended King's College at Cambridge University and graduated with his B.A. in 1909. Upon graduating, Brooke took a job as schoolmaster at the Rugby School. He served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from 1914 to 1915. Brooke died on April 23, 1915 on a ship in the Aegean Sea of blood poisoning from a small mosquito bite on his lip. Brooke is best remembered for his sonnets that were inspired by his wartime experiences, such as The Soldier.
The Gordon Kinzer Letters consist of two incoming items concerning poet Rupert Brooke. The letter from Walter de la Mare deals exclusively with Brooke's stature as a poet:
A close study of Rupert Brooke's work proves, I think - quite apart from its wit and poetry and feeling, and so on - how intent a craftsman he was; with what self-sacrifice he laboured to give exact expression to what he intended to say...He had a rare mind; a rare desire to track down truth; and a rare character. What one must remember is that he was still a young man when he died, and that his work in a large measure was only a promise of his gifts.
The letter from Frederick O'Brien portrays the character of the young poet:
He was handsome, proud, individualistic, with much of the public school of England about him; the atmosphere of ordered carelessness, of accustomed phrases, and of classics; of close friendships and an admiring group...I liked him as did everyone almost, and especially the Tahitian girls who admired his blondeness. He liked to swim, to go on the reef at low tide, to make love, and to work at his verses.
These two letters thus represent both the artistic and personal sides of Rupert Brooke's personality.
The collection contains one series, Correspondence, which is arranged alphabetically by sender.
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Gordon Kinzer Letters
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Created by: KM
Date: Sep 1987
Revision history: 21 Nov 2008 - converted to EAD (LDC)