David Morton

(1886-1957 / United States)

Biography of David Morton

David H. Morton (February 21, 1886 – June 13, 1957) was an American poet.

Born in Elkton, Kentucky, he graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1909. After a decade of newspaper work, starting at the Louisville Courier-Journal, he became a teacher in the high school at Morristown, New Jersey. Beginning in 1924, he taught at Amherst College.

His work appeared in Harper's Magazine.He is noted for having written a fan letter to Dashiell Hammett.


"The Kings Are Passing Deathward", Poetry X

Poems: 1920-1945. A.A. Knopf. 1945.

Poems of a Lifetime. Watermark Press. 1999. ISBN 9781582350752.

Ships in the Harbor. G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1921.

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Here is the record of their splendid days:
The curving prow, the tall and stately mast,
And all the width and wonder of their ways
Reduced to little printed words, at last:
The Helen Dover docks, the Mary Ann
Departs for Ceylon and the Eastern trade:
Arrived: The Jacque, with cargoes from Japan,
And Richard Kidd, a tramp,-and Silver Maid.

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