The Influence of Paul Elmer More

Catherine Oglesby

in Corra Harris and the Divided Mind of the New South

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032474
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038728 | DOI:
The Influence of Paul Elmer More

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This chapter discusses the influence of Paul Elmer More on the literature, viewpoints, and ideas of Corra Harris. Paul Elmer More was an essayist, editor, and a literary critic whom Harris's met during her intellectual development. Although they corresponded constantly for a decade, the primary years of their association were from 1901 to 1914. And although they met face-to-face on several occasions, the venue of their relationship was almost exclusively through letters and correspondence. More co-authored Harris's first book-length work, The Jessica Letters: An Editors's Romance, which was composed of letters from two fictional lovers whom were representations of More and Harris. During their brief association, More influenced Harris wherein she developed an admiration in which she internalized More's teachings. While Harris acknowledged the impression of More's ideas on her, she variously challenged, accepted, adapted, and eventually outgrew some of his regressive ideologies.

Keywords: Paul Elmer More; influence; Corra Harris; intellectual development; admiration

Chapter.  9283 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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