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Jeremy Ingalls Manuscript of The Thunder Saga of Tahl

Call Number: MS052

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of an annotated manuscript of Ingalls' epic poem "The Thunder Saga of Tahl." Though the manuscript is undated, it likely dates from the late 1950s or early 1960s. Book IV is missing from the manuscript.


  • Creation: 1960


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Biographical / Historical

Born as Mildred Dodge Jeremy Ingalls in Gloucester on April 2 1911, Ingalls graduated from Jackson College at Tufts College in 1932. While at Tufts, Ingalls was a frequent contributor to the Tufts Weekly and edited the student- published Tuftonian. She received her Masters from Tufts in 1933. She also studied Chinese at the University of Chicago Oriental Institute. After leaving Tufts, Ingalls taught high school in Gloucester until she was hired as Assistant Professor of American Literature at Western College in 1941. She remained at Western until 1947, when she was invited to act as resident poet at Rockford College in Illinois. During her tenure at Rockford, Ingalls served as Director of Asian Studies, Chairman of the Arts and the Division of Language and Literature, and Chairman of the Department of British and American Literature.

Ingall's book of poems titled 'The Metaphysical Sword' was published in 1941 and she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete her long poem 'The Thunder Saga of Tahl' (1945). Her prose publications include 'A Book of Legends' (1941) and 'The Galilean Way' (1945) and she also translated several Chinese and Japanese books among them the Japanese novel 'Ten no Yugao' (A Moonflower in Heaven) by Yoichi Nakagawa.

Ingalls' work in poetry and Asian Studies earned her numerous awards, including the Yale Series Young Poets Award in 1941. She also served as Fulbright professor at Kobe College in Japan from 1957 to 1958, and remained in Japan in 1958 as a Rockefeller Foundation lecturer. She received an honorary doctorate from Tufts University in 1965 (H1965).

In 1960, she retried fromthe chair of the English Department at Rockford College in Illinois and moved to Tucson, Arizona, to devote more time to her writing, including additional installments of 'Tahl' which she had begun writing while at Tufts. Ingalls died on March 16, 2000.


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Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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