Discipline: Literature

Gustav Davidson

Discipline: Literature
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1927

Gustav Davidson (1895-1971)

Poet and writer Gustav Davidson (1895-1971) was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1895 and his family moved to New York City in 1897. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University in 1919 and 1920 respectively. During the next couple of decades, Davidson wrote and published dramatic works and poetry and founded and edited several literary magazines. In 1940, he established Fine Editions Press and was an integral part of the American poetry establishment through the rest of his life. From 1949–1965 he served as the executive secretary of the Poetry Society of America. His most well-known book, A Dictionary of Angels, Including the Fallen Angels, was published in 1965. Davidson died in 1971 in New York City.



Gustav Davidson worked in the Wood studio.

Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…

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