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Fisk, Earl E. (Earl Ellsworth), 1892-1954



  • Existence: 1892 - 1954


Earl E. Fisk, born in Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1892, was an insurance agent, book collector, and casual literary agent to writers who were also his friends. Fisk entered the insurance business after graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1913, and became chairman of the National Association of Insurance Agents. At the same time, he continued collecting first editions of books by contemporary authors, including Max Beerbohm, A. E. Coppard, Claud Lovat Fraser, Holbrook Jackson, and A. Edward Newton. Although Fisk lived in Wisconsin for all of his adult life, he maintained a connection to the British literary scene. He actively promoted the work of authors whom he enjoyed, and he helped to place books by Haldane Macfall and Holbrook Jackson with American publishers. He also wrote many articles for The Bookman, and edited several books, including two collections of Elizabethan poetry and an edition of William Cobbett's Advice to Young Men and to Young Women. Fisk died in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 1954.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

A. E. Coppard collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 815
Abstract: The A. E. Coppard Collection consists of correspondence and writings by A. E. Coppard which were acquired from various sources. Correspondence primarily contains Coppard's letters to Earl E. Fisk and Thomas Moult; a letter dated Jan. 25, 1923, refers to the death of Katherine Mansfield. Also present are a few letters from Coppard's second wife Winifred, and a letter from Jacob Schwartz to Earl E. Fisk, enclosing a letter from Coppard to Schwartz. Writings contains drafts of several short...
Dates: 1919-1951

Drawing of an animal, n.d.

 Part of Collection — Box 75: [Barcode: 39002137225505], Folder: GROUP 2992, F-1
Call Number: GEN MSS MISC
Scope and Contents:

Drawing made in an unidentified hand and cut out from a sheet.

Dates: n.d.

Earl E. Fisk papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 342
Abstract: Collection includes correspondence, writings, and other materials by and relating to book collector, anthologist, writer, and insurance agent Earl E. Fisk. Correspondence contains letters to and from writers, publishers and others, including Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., Warren Beck, John Chipman Farrar, Farrar, Straus and Company, Harry Hansen, Robert Cortes Holliday, H. L. Mencken, A. Edward Newton, Carl Van Vechten, and Eudora Welty. Many of the letters concern Haldane Macfall. Writings include...
Dates: 1911-1953

Haldane Macfall collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 1079
Abstract: The collection includes manuscripts, typescripts, and proofs of books, essays, and plays including a biography of Aubrey Beardsley, and the novels The Splendid Wayfaring and The Three Students; originals and proofs of illustrations, bookplates, and cover art; correspondence; and contracts with publishers. The majority of the correspondence consists of Macfall's outgoing letters to Earl E. Fisk, a British-born book collector, anthologist and insurance agent who lived in Green Bay, Wisconsin,...
Dates: 1894-1944