Resources for Teaching and Study (Sarah Piatt Recovery Project)
Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt (1836-1919), a popular, prolific, and well-regarded poet during her lifetime, published more than 600 poems for multiple audiences. Her work appeared in venues ranging from political newspapers to elite magazines and anthologies to periodicals for children. Her earliest poems, when she was still "Sallie M. Bryan," were published in the 1850s by the most influential editors of the age. She married John James Piatt, a poet from Ohio, in 1861. For decades, her work met with robust national and transatlantic acclaim. She fell into obscurity upon her death, at a time when modernist poets were turning against their poetic predecessors, and against women poets in particular, as allegedly stodgy and conventional. (Only recently have these twentieth-century ideologies of poetic value themselves become subjects of scrutiny and critique.) In a remarkable cultural turn whose full history remains to be written, Piatt was rediscovered in the 1990s by numerous scholars working independently of one another. Since that time, she has quickly gained stature as a major artist. "Resources for Teaching and Study" provides access to scholarly writings and other unique materials intended to deepen readers' understanding of Piatt's work.
The Resources for Teaching and Study page at present includes independent first-wave Piatt scholar and Lutheran pastor Larry R. Michaels' catalogue of Piatt's Biblical allusions and a co-authored essay by first-wave scholars Paula Bernat Bennett and Karen L. Kilcup about Piatt's recovery and importance.