by EILSHEMIUS, Louis (scribe and attributed author).
9 ff. (numbered in MS "11"-"19"), written on rectos, on ruled paper. Laid into separate plastic folders. N.P., N.D. 1878. EILSHEMIUS, Louis (scribe and attributed author). [November-Eve]. Unpublished MS on paper. 9 ff. (numbered in MS "11"-"19"), written on rectos, on ruled paper. Laid into separate plastic folders. N.P., N.D. This is an original manuscript of a curious, unpublished dramatic poem entitled "November-Eve". The characters of the poem are The Muse and The Lonely One. Although unsigned, the handwriting is doubtlessly that of Eilshemius, for which see Smithsonian Institution "Louis M. Eilshemius" (1978) fig. 3, which is virtually identical. The Smithsonian letter is dated 1932; the present MS appears to belong to an earlier date. Louis Michel Eilshemius is generally regarded as the William Blake of his time. "Of the many ironies-some comical, but many truly tragic-that punctuated the career of the American painter Louis Eilshemius (1864-1941), the most poignant is the fact that his paintings did not begin to win the attention and praise they deserved until long after he had abandoned painting altogether" (Hilton Kramer, New York Observer). That fateful decision was made at the age of 57, when the artist was "exhausted from exposing his work to rancor and neglect." For two decades thereafter, "Eilshemius existed in a kind of twilight zone," and when he died in 1941, the headline of his obituary in the New York Herald Tribune read: "Eilshemius, 77, Dies in Bellevue, Penniless, Bitter and Famous." Eilshemius letters and MSS are rare on the market (none are listed in ABPC CD-ROM). (Inventory #: D14569)
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