Emily Mitchell Wallace Harvey, 1933 – 2019
[The following obituary was sent to members of the Ezra Pound Society in October and is reprinted here along with the obituary by Bonnie L. Cook printed in The Philadelphia Inquirer on 16 October, and Archie Henderson's collation of Emily's work in Pound Studies, both in print and at many of the Ezra Pound International Conferences. My thanks to Jo Berryman, Mary de Rachewiltz, and Peggy Fox for the text below, to Walter Baumann for permission to reproduce several photos, and to Aya Yoshida for the photograph of Emily at the William Carlos Williams Society Conference in Rome in June 2019. – MB.]
Emily Mitchell Wallace, of Philadelphia and Chester County, died September 29, 2019, at Beaumont in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She was born in Springfield, Missouri on November 17, 1933; her parents were Prewitt Carlyle Evans and George Lafayette Mitchell Sr. For nearly 50 years, Dr. Wallace was married to prominent Philadelphia lawyer Gregory M. Harvey who died in 2018.
Dr. Wallace earned a Bachelor of Arts from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) in 1958; a Master of Arts and a PhD from Bryn Mawr College in 1959 and 1965, respectively. Dr. Wallace was a writer, editor, educator, and scholar. She started teaching history and literature at The Curtis Institute of Music and The Shipley School, and became an assistant professor at both the University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College. Dr. Wallace returned to the Curtis Institute of Music as the chair of the English Department from 1976 to 1983, taking a brief interlude to serve as a leader in the Interdisciplinary Seminar at Yale University.
Dr. Wallace maintained a position as a research associate in the Center of Visual Culture at Bryn Mawr College, and served as an interdisciplinary research scholar in poetry and the visual arts at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. She served on both the sponsoring and advisory committees of the Rosenbach Museum & Library, the Marianne Moore Fund for Poetry at Bryn Mawr College, and the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library. She was a shareholder of The Library Company of Philadelphia, a member of Yale Library Associates at the Yale University Library, and served on the board of directors of The American Foundation and Bok Tower Gardens in Florida.
Throughout her academic career, Dr. Wallace organized conferences, wrote photographic essays, and created multimedia lectures for scholarly and academic audiences around the world. As recently as this past June, she spoke at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome. She was a guest editor for “PAIDEUMA, Special James Laughlin Volume,” (2002); and “W.C. Williams Review, Centennial Issue,” (1983). She was the prolific author of dozens of scholarly papers, including “Why Not Spirits? -The Universe is Alive, in Ezra Pound and China,” (2003); “Saffron Honey: A Love Song by William Carlos Williams,” The Idea and The Thing in Modernist American Poetry (2001); “Some Friends of Ezra Pound,” Yale Review (1986); “Athena’s Owls: The Education of Marianne Moore and Hilda Doolittle, Bryn Mawr ’09,” Poesis (1985); “Youthful Days and Costly Hours: The Education of Ol’ Ez and Billy Williams at Penn,” University of Pennsylvania Conference Papers (1983); and “A Bibliography of William Carlos Williams” (1969).
She was a member of the Modern Language Association, the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, the Ernest Hemingway Society, the Emily Dickinson Society, the Ezra Pound Society, the Marianne Moore Society, the William Carlos Williams Society, the Wallace Stevens Society, the Henry James Society, and The Franklin Inn Club.
She enjoyed traveling and playing tennis with her husband at The Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, PA. Dr. Wallace is survived by her brother George Mitchell Jr. of Turners, Missouri, her sister Elizabeth Pace of Bolivar, Missouri, and two nieces and six nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 1 pm at Christ Church, 20 North American Street, Philadelphia, followed by a reception at The Franklin Inn Club, 205 South Camac Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107. Contributions in her memory may be made to The Franklin Inn Club.
Emily Mitchell Wallace in conversation with Wendy Flory
Emily preparing a slideshow with Gregory Harvey
Emily and Gregory with David Moody
Time is an illusion; lunchtime doubly so.
Emily Mitchell Wallace's final scholarly talk at the William Carlos Williams Society Biennial Roundtable Conference, 'Williams and Europe,' at the Center for American Studies, Via Michelangelo Caetani 32, Rome, Italy, 19-21 June 2019 (image courtesy of Aya Yoshida)
November services set for Emily Mitchell Wallace Harvey, 85, expert on modernist poets
by Bonnie L. Cook, published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, 16 October 2019
Services will be Saturday, Nov. 9, for Emily Mitchell Wallace Harvey, 85, a scholar and an expert on the poets Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams, who died Sept. 29 of cancer at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr.
Dr. Wallace, as she was known professionally, split her time between a home in Philadelphia and a farm in Chester County before moving to Beaumont, a senior community, in 2018.
She was an expert on Williams and Pound, who were associated with the modernist poetry movement of the late 19th and early 20th century in Europe and North America.
Dr. Wallace came to her profession at a time when traditional forms of literature and art were breaking apart and resurfacing as nontraditional verse and abstract art. She gave the new forms credence in her lectures and writings.
“She was a force of nature,” said Margaret Chew Barringer, her friend of 60 years. “She broke the rules of academia in all sorts of ways. She looked at the artists of the day breaking apart the images of the day, like Picasso and Kandinsky. Then she bushwhacked her way through the academia of the 20th century to make way for the thoughts of artists and poets.”
Dr. Wallace was married for 50 years to prominent Philadelphia lawyer Gregory M. Harvey, who shared her zest for Pound. They worked behind the scenes to celebrate the memory of the modernist poets.
In December 2006, for example, off-site from that year’s Modern Language Association Convention, they arranged a banquet at the Franklin Inn Club in Philadelphia to honor modernist poets with close ties to Pennsylvania, including Williams, Pound, Wallace Stevens and Marianne Moore.
Born in Springfield, Mo., Dr. Wallace was the daughter of Prewitt Carlyle Evans and George Lafayette Mitchell Sr. She grew up in Bolivar, Mo.
Dr. Wallace earned a bachelor’s degree from what is now Missouri State University in 1958. She completed a master’s degree in 1959 and a doctorate in 1965, both from Bryn Mawr College.
Dr. Wallace started out teaching history and English literature at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and then taught literature at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr. She became an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting assistant professor of English at Swarthmore College.
She returned to the Curtis Institute of Music as the chair of the English department from 1976 to 1983, taking a brief interlude to serve as a leader in the interdisciplinary seminar at Yale University.
Since 2001, Dr. Wallace had been a research associate in the Center for Visual Culture at Bryn Mawr College. She was a research scholar in poetry and the visual arts at the Cooper Union in New York.
She never really retired, said longtime family friend Marc J. Sonnenfeld, a Philadelphia lawyer. This past summer, she showed up at several professional meetings, despite failing health. “She was making the rounds,” Sonnenfeld said. “It was her way of saying good-bye.”
Throughout her academic career, Dr. Wallace organized conferences and created multimedia lectures for audiences worldwide. She had a steel-trap memory and was without any kind of pretense, Barringer said.
She was a prolific writer and edited scholarly journals. As recently as June, she gave a lecture at a university in Rome.
She was a guest editor for Paideuma, a journal of Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, for which she edited a centennial issue on William Carlos Williams in 1983.
She was a member of the Modern Language Association; Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers; Ezra Pound Society; and the William Carlos Williams Society.
She enjoyed traveling and playing tennis with her husband at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford. He died in August 2018 of heart problems.
Dr. Wallace is survived by a brother, sister, six nephews, and two nieces.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Christ Church, 20 N. American St., Philadelphia. Burial will be in the church graveyard next to her husband.
EMILY MITCHELL WALLACE
Bibliography, Ezra Pound
I. Publications relating to Pound, 1967-2014
- "Pound and Williams at the University of Pennsylvania: 'Men of No Name and with a Fortune to Come.'" Pennsylvania Review 1.2 (Spring 1967): 41-53.
- "Penn's Poet Friends." Pennsylvania Gazette, Philadelphia, 71 (Feb. 1973): 33-36.
- "Afterword: 'Grampaw' – Thaddeus Coleman Pound." William Carlos Williams Newsletter 2.1 (Spring 1976): 5-6.
- "Lettres d'exiles: la correspondence entre William Carlos Williams et Ezra Pound." Translated into French by Jacques Darras. In'hui, Amiens, 14 (Winter 1980-81): 25-61.
- "Youthful Days and Costly Hours." Ezra Pound & William Carlos Williams. The University of Pennsylvania Conference Papers. Daniel Hoffman, Editor. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983. 14-58.
- "Some Friends of Ezra Pound: A Photographic Essay." The Yale Review, New Haven, Ct., 75.3 (Spring 1986): 331-356.
- "A Maine Man of Grace." Paideuma 26.2-3 (Fall and Winter 1997): 85-86.
- "'A Bridge over Worlds': A Partial Portrait of James Laughlin IV Based on His Poems, Stories, Essays, Letters, and Interviews, and Including Many Photographs." Paideuma 31.1/3 (Spring, Fall, and Winter 2002): 163-242. (This issue was guest-edited by Emily Mitchell Wallace.)
- "'Why not spirits?'- 'The universe is alive': Ezra Pound, Joseph Rock, the Na Khi, and Plotinus." Ezra Pound & China. Edited by Zhaoming Qian. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press,
- What Thou Lovest Well Remains: Poems c/o Brunnenburg Castle. Edited by H. R. Stoneback and Matthew Nickel. West Park, NY: Des Hymnagistes Press, 2007. Poets include Emily Mitchell Wallace.
- "The Geography of Imagisme and Imagism: H.D. and William Carlos Williams." Florida English, Bradenton, FL, 6 (2008): 88-98.
- ""Ezra Pound in Context. Edited by Ira B. Nadel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 202-220.
- "Mary Rudge de Rachewiltz: A few photographs from her 80th birthday party. July 9, 2005. Schloss Brunnenburg, Tirolo, Italy." Photographs by Gregory Merrill Harvey. Arrangement and captions by Emily Mitchell Wallace. Paideuma 37 (2010): 239-242.
- "William Frank McNaughton, 1933-2008." Paideuma 37 (2010): 355-358.
- "Ezra Pound's Imagist Masterpiece: 'the gold thread in the pattern /; (Torcello).'" Affirming the Gold Thread: Aldington, Hemingway, Pound & Imagism in Torcello and Venice. Proceedings of the IV International Imagism / VIII International Richard Aldington Conference. Editors: Matthew Nickel and H.R. Stoneback. Bradenton, FL: Florida English, 2014. 172-181.
II. EPIC conference talks, 1991-2017
- "E.P. @ Torcello, Memos for the Next Millennium" (talk and slide presentation on Cantos 110 and 116). 14th Ezra Pound International Conference: Ezra Pound and Europe. Brunnenburg, Dorf Tirol (Tirolo di Merano), Italy, July 16-18, 1991.
- "The Delphic Dolphins of Ezra Pound." 15th Ezra Pound International Conference: Nature and Myth in Ezra Pound. Rapallo, Italy, July 13-16, 1993.
- "Pound of Philadelphia and Cyrano de Bergerac." 16th Ezra Pound International Conference: Ezra Pound and France. Brantôme, France, July 18-21, 1995.
- "Ezra Pound and Colonel Hemingway" [comparing the Pound-Hemingway relationship to the Cezanne-Picasso relationship]. July 14, 1997. 17th Ezra Pound International Conference: Ezra Pound and Poetic Influence. Brunnenburg, Tirolo di Merano, Italy, 12-15 July 1997.
- "'Why Not Spirits?'–'The Universe Is Alive'--Joseph Rock, Ezra Pound, and the Na-khi." July 17, 1999. 18th International Ezra Pound Conference: Ezra Pound and the Orient. Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China, July 16-19, 1999.
- "The Art of Pity and Printing, Passion and Poetry: A Double-Screen Documentary Revealing Secrets Hidden in Canto XXX." 19th Ezra Pound International Conference: Ezra Pound and the 20th Century, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, France, July 4-8, 2001.
- "Pioneers and Natural Patriots: Pound and Hemingway and the Big Wood River Valley of Idaho." Opening address, July 2, 2003. 20th Ezra Pound International Conference, Sun Valley, Idaho, July 2-6, 2003. Abstract online at https://web.archive.org/web/20050525220234/http://www.isu.edu/pound/abstracts.pdf.
- "Pound's Creation of Many Masks for One Beloved Woman--a double-screen documentary." 4 July 2005. 21st Ezra Pound International Conference: Ezra Pound, Language and Persona. Teatro delle Clarisse, Rapallo, Italy, 4-7 July 2005.
- "Marvel and Wonder in the City of Aldus (Illustrated)." 26 June 2007. 22nd Ezra Pound International Conference: Ezra Pound, Ends and Beginnings. University of Venice Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy, 26-29 June 2007.
- "The Last Diplomatic Train from Rome in 1942: Ezra Pound's Passport and His Kafkaesque Nostos." 3 July 2009. 23rd Ezra Pound International Conference: Roma Amor: Pound, Love and Rome. Centro Studi Americani, Palazzo Antici Mattei, Rome, Italy, 30 June-4 July 2009.
- "Ezra Pound's Hail and Farewell to the London Vortex: 'Love and the Comfort of Friendship' Before and After The Great War." July 6, 2011. 24th Ezra Pound International Conference: Ezra Pound and London. Institute for English Studies, University of London, Senate House, London, England, July 5-9, 2011.
- "Modernism and Byzantium (illustrated): Paradisal Images Linking Byzantium/Ireland/Italy in the Byzantium Poems of Yeats and Pound." 10 July 2013. 25th Ezra Pound International Conference: Ezra Pound and Modernism. Trinity College Dublin, Mater Dei Institute, Dublin, Ireland, July 9-13, 2013.
- "Pound's 'salad days' in William Penn's 'greene country Towne' (Illustrated)." 11 July 2015. 26th Ezra Pound International Conference: Ezra Pound and the Green World. Brunnenburg, Dorf Tirol / Tirolo, Italy, July 7-11, 2015.
- "Ezra, Hilda, Billy, and Greek Drama, 1903, and Edith Hall, 2017" (introduction to keynote address by Edith Hall). 20 June 2017. 27th Ezra Pound International Conference: Ezra Pound, Philadelphia Genius and Modern American Poetry. Kislak Center, Van-Pelt Dietrich library, Philadelphia, 19-23 June 2017.
Compiled by Archie Henderson, with thanks to Hélène Aji and Walter Baumann.