Author:Florence Earle Coates/Other Works

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Works by Coates

Greeting card from the Laurel Series, ca. 1910's (see original signed copy)
  • The Edward H. Coates Memorial Collection: Presented by Mrs. Coates to The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1923) The exhibition included twenty-seven paintings and three pieces of sculpture. The works were exhibited at the Academy from 4 November 1923 to 10 January 1924 in Gallery A and in the South Corridor.[1]



Works about Coates[edit]


  • "Florence Earle Coates" by Ellen Olney Kirk (The Magazine of Poetry, 1889: Vol. 1 No. 3 p. 267-268.)
Mrs. Coates, ca. 1905
  • "Florence Earle Coates" by Jane Campbell (Woman's Progress, May 1895; Vol. 4 No. 6:240-48.)
  • "Florence Earle Coates" by Harrison S. Morris (Book News Monthly, December 1898; Vol. 17 No. 196:191.)
  • "A Camp in the Adirondacks: The summer home of Mrs. Florence Earle Coates, the Philadelphia poet" (Book News Monthly, October 1905; Vol. XXIV No. 278:69-72.)
  • "The Poetry of Florence Earle Coates" by Warwick James Price (The Pathfinder, June 1911; Vol. V No. 6.)
  • "A Foremost American Lyrist: An Appreciation" by William Stanley Braithwaite (Lippincott's Monthly, March 1913; Vol. 91:296-304.)
  • "Godlessness Mars Most Contemporary Poetry: Mrs. Coates finds modern poets nervously seeking novelties, and says in art there can be nothing new that is not ugly" (The New York Times, 10 December 1916.)
  • "From Florence Coates to Amy Lowell: A Glance at Modernity" by O. W. Firkins (The Nation, 3 May 1917; Vol. 104 No. 2705:522-4.)
  • "Florence Earle Coates: Some Phases of Her Life and Poetry" by Elizabeth Clendenning Ring (Book News Monthly, Vol. 36 No. 4, December 1917.)
  • "The Christian Hope—Its Meaning for Today" (Section: From Amos N. Wilder): Religion in Life, Winter issue, 1951-1952; p. 10-19. In this piece, Wilder mentions a conversation he had with Mrs. Coates (post-1921), where she quoted, "A man's wisdom is measured by his hope"—herself referencing Emerson.[3]
  • "Florence Earle Coates: A Poet Inspired by Matthew Arnold" by Gordon Howard (Germantown Crier, V. 63 No. 2 Fall 2013.)


from M. E. R.[edit]

Unsure of who the initials "M. E. R." belong to, the following poem was written to Mrs. Coates by M. E. R. "on receiving one of her poems." The poem appeared in a 27 November 1902 issue (p. 343) of City and State—a weekly Philadelphia publication. The following is as-rendered in the aforementioned issue:

(On receiving one of her poems.)

Praise to thee, sweet singer, whose refrain
   With tender, rhythmic melody is fraught;
Thy words are pearls strung on a golden chain
   Of ever-varying theme and noblest thought.
No Circe's subtle songs the soul offend
   Nor passion's pulses at thy bidding rise,
But heart-throbs true and warm their tribute send
   To thee, whose messengers, so pure and wise,
Herald how fair within the kingdom is
   Where daily thoughts transmuted turn to gold,
The "Kingdom whyche excelles all other blisse,"[4]
   Where posies, like to angel-wings, unfold
To waft us nearer heaven—that blessed place
Where friendship worships with unveiled face.

—M. E. R.

  1. Cover photo of the Edward H. Coates Memorial Collection booklet.
  2. "Verses by R. W. Gilder"
  3. See "Matthew Arnold", where Mrs. Coates quotes Arnold referencing Emerson.
  4. This line references a poem by Sir Edward Dyer entitled, "My Mind to Me a Kingdom Is."