27 February 1908
3 December 1979
Writer, Research Worker
Louise Bradley was born to Marie Boisen and Morton Clark Bradley, Sr., in Arlington, Massachusetts, on 27 February 1908. She befriended famous poet Elizabeth Bishop in 1924, when the two were teenagers at Camp Chequesset on Cape Cod, and corresponded with her for many years. For the 1926-1927 academic year, Louise attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where her parents had met while in college. She then transferred to Radcliffe College and moved back into her parents’ house in Arlington, Massachusetts. An avid writer, Louise developed her craft while a student at Radcliffe, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Radcliffe Daily. She graduated from college in 1930 and spent the next several years helping literary historian Ralph L. Rusk research Ralph Waldo Emerson for Rusk’s publications of Emerson’s letters and biography, which won the National Book Award in 1950. To help with the war effort during World War II, she became a research worker for Raytheon Corporation and continued working there for the rest of career. Louise never married and lived in her parents’ home until her death on 3 December 1979. She is buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Arlington, Massachusetts. Learn more about Louise here.
“Louise Bradley,” Wylie House Exhibits, accessed November 30, 2023, https://collections.libraries.indiana.edu/wyliehouse/items/show/458.