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Edited by The Holy Cross Purple staff

The Purple is a student magazine published by the College of the Holy Cross. In 1919, the editors endeavored to commemmorate the publication's Silver Jubillee by establishing a book series of college verse drawn from The Purple.

"The Purple Poets: Volume One" is the first in the series and features the poetry of Edward V. Killeen, Class of 1919. Killeen had been a major contributor to The Purple and was to serve as editor-in-chief of the magazine his senior year. He died before returning to Holy Cross in the fall of 1918. This edition of Killeen's verse was compiled to honor and memorialize the dead poet's beloved memory.

His poetry earned public recognition, appearing in The Poets of the Future: A College Anthology for the years 1915-16, 1916-17, and 1917-18. Characteristic themes included filial devotion, nature and war.

Cover title: Killeen

Half title: The Purple Poets: Volume One

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Holy Cross Purple


Worcester, Massachusetts


College of the Holy Cross; poetry; college verse; undergraduate; literary magazine


Higher Education | Poetry

The Verse of Edward V. Killeen, Jr.



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