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The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer$
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James Dempsey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049267

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049267.001.0001

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To the Center of Things

To the Center of Things

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The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer

James Dempsey

University Press of Florida

The Dial moved from Chicago to New York in 1918 and got into financial trouble. Thayer, having loaned the magazine a good deal of money, became the owner along with James Sibley Watson, a Harvard friend. E. E. Cummings had also moved to New York, where he began an affair with Elaine Orr. She bore him a daughter, Nancy. Thayer, meanwhile, began a relationship with Alyse Gregory. Thayer and Watson decided to forgo politics in their magazine and to devote The Dial to art, literature, and criticism.

Keywords:   E. E. Cummings, Nancy Cummings, The Dial, Alyse Gregory, love affair, Elaine Orr, James Sibley Watson

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