Special Collections Department
Katherine Hoskins Papers
Manuscript Collection Number: 200.
Accessioned: Purchase 1988.
Extent: 4 linear ft. (700 items)
Content: Letters, poetry, prose manuscripts, photographs, clippings, galley proofs, notes,
scrapbooks, yearbook, documents, programs, invitations, genealogical information, periodicals.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: 1991 by Wendy van Wyck.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Katherine de Montalant Hoskins was born on May 25, 1909, in Indian Head, Maryland. She was the daughter of Katherine Peck Lackey and Henry Ellis Lackey, a Rear-Admiral in the U.S. Navy. Although she did not attend school until she was eleven, Hoskins graduated with honors from Smith College in 1931. In 1935 she married Albert L. Hoskins, Jr., a former first lieutenant in World War I who worked as a probation officer in Boston Municipal Court. Katherine Hoskins had one daughter, Camilla, and lived in Weston, Massachusetts, until her death on May 26, 1988.
Hoskins' first book of poetry, A Penitential Primer, was published in 1945. Her other poetry collections include Villa Narcisse (1956), Out in the Open (1959), and Excursions (1967). Hoskins's poetry is based on common human experiences and everyday life. She said that her themes "consist of Nature and People wherever I happen to be--often, in thought at least, south of the Mason-Dixon line." She listed Spenser, Yeats, John Crowe Ransom, and Wallace Stevens as poets who influenced her work. Although Hoskins is best known for her poetry, she also wrote plays, short stories, and reviews.
Source:"Obituaries," Boston Globe, June 15, 1988.
Scope and Content Note
I. Correspondence II. Poetry 1. Out in the Open 2. Excursions 3. Individual Poems III. Prose IV. Dramatic Works. V. Scrapbook & Clippings VI. Miscellaneous Personal Papers VII. Family Papers 1. Lackey Family Papers 2. Anne Lackey Papers 3. Hoskins Family Papers 4. Albert L. Hoskins, Jr. Papers 5. Miscellaneous Family Papers VIII. Published MaterialsContents List
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