Craven Langstroth Betts

Craven Langstroth Betts (1853–1941) was a Canadian poet and author.

A seller of law books from Nova Scotia, the Maritimes- one of the first people from there to settle in New York- Betts was a friend and patron of the American poet Edwin Arlington Robinson; he served as his 'banker', cashing cheques that came from the dwindling Robinson estate at Maine, as well as lending him small sums money. The two men were frequent drinking and dining companions, and in the summers of 1900 and 1901, lived together at Betts's house in Manhattan whilst his mother and aunt were away in cooler climes. Their friendship lasted throughout Robinson's life; eventual success led him to more than repay Betts's financial support, presenting him with original manuscripts to sell, and leaving him $1,000 in his will.

Books by Betts

  • The Perfume-Holder 1891
  • Tales of a Garrison Town New York ; D.D. Merrill, 1892 (with Eaton, Arthur Wentworth Hamilton)
  • A Garland Of Sonnets 1899
  • Selected Poems Of Craven Langstroth Betts 1916
  • The Two Captains 1921
  • The Perfume Holder and Other Poems J. T. White and company, 1922

    He also translated Songs From Beranger by Pierre-Jean de BĂ©ranger, 1888.


  • [ Don Quixote]
  • [ To the Moonflower]