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Richard Eberhart Letters

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Eberhart to Israel Smith, concerning the American edition of one of his books [Song and Idea], commenting on his duties as a Navy instructor of aerial machine-gunnery, and sending his regards to a distant relative, Fritz Ginrod, by way of Mr. Smith

Eberhart to Ron Wolin, concerning rare editions of several of Eberhart's poem which he intended to donate for the purpose of auction, to the Vietnam Peace Parade Committee, as an expression of his opposition to the war in Vietnam

Eberhart to Ian Hamilton, Publisher, The Review, concerning Eberhart's essay, Empson's Poetry, in Accent Anthology published by Harcourt Brace & Co.

Eberhart to Ian Hamilton, concerning Eberhart's poems, Ceremony by the Sea and The Fury of Aerial Bombardment, their origin and their mention in various essays

Eberhart to Hamilton concerning Eberhart's poem, John Ledyard, particularly the use of the word cedar

Eberhart to Iam Hamilton concerning honors bestowed on Eberhart, and a description of his meeting Ezra Pound



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Title: Richard Eberhart Letters, 1942-1969Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1942: August 19 - 1969: June 11

ID: MS/VMF/vmf044

Primary Creator: Eberhart, Richard (1904-2005)

Extent: 6.0 Items

Date Acquired: 11/06/1968

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Correspondence from Richard Eberhart.

Collection Historical Note

Richard Ghormley Eberhart (April 5, 1904 – June 9, 2005) was an American poet who published more than a dozen books of poetry and approximately twenty works in total. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Selected Poems, 1930-1965 and the 1977 National Book Award for Poetry for Collected Poems, 1930-1976.

Eberhart was born in 1904 in Austin, Minnesota. He began college at the University of Minnesota, but following his mother's death from cancer in 1921—the event that prompted him to begin writing poetry—he transferred to Dartmouth College. After graduation he worked as a ship's hand, among other jobs, then studied at St. John's College, Cambridge, where I.A. Richards encouraged him to continue writing poetry, and where he took a further degree. After serving as private tutor to the son of King Prajadhipok of Siam in 1931-1932, Eberhart pursued graduate study for a year at Harvard University.

His first book of poetry A Bravery of Earth was published in London in 1930. It reflected his experiences in Cambridge and his experience as a ship's hand. Reading the Spirit published in 1937 contains one of his best known poems "The Groundhog.”  He taught for eight years at the St. Mark's School (1933–1941), where Robert Lowell was one of his students. In 1941 he married Helen Butcher.

After the World War II, Eberhart worked for six years for his wife's family's floor wax company, the Butcher Polish Company. Burr Oaks was his first work published after the war in 1947 followed by Brotherhood of Men in 1949. In 1950, he was a founder of the Poets' Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  From the early 1950s until his retirement he dedicated himself to writing poems and teaching at institutions of higher education, including the University of Washington, Brown University, Swarthmore College, Tufts University, Trinity College, University of Connecticut, Columbia University, University of Cincinnati, Wheaton College, Princeton University and Dartmouth College. He taught for 30 years at Dartmouth as professor of English and poet-in-residence, where he was known for his encouragement of young poets.

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Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

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Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 1002. Originally laid in Burr Oaks by Eberhart. PS3509 B456 B9 1947. (To Wolin, Ron)

Accession number 1048. Originally laid in Song and Idea by Eberhart. PS3509 B456 S6 1940. (To Smith, Israel)

Accession number 1184. Purchased from Henry Wenning. (To Hamilton, Ian)

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: Proccessed July 1969 and May 1970.


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[Item 1: Eberhart to Israel Smith, concerning the American edition of one of his books [Song and Idea], commenting on his duties as a Navy instructor of aerial machine-gunnery, and sending his regards to a distant relative, Fritz Ginrod, by way of Mr. Smith, 1942: August 19],
[Item 2: Eberhart to Ron Wolin, concerning rare editions of several of Eberhart's poem which he intended to donate for the purpose of auction, to the Vietnam Peace Parade Committee, as an expression of his opposition to the war in Vietnam, 1968: March 5],
[Item 3: Eberhart to Ian Hamilton, Publisher, The Review, concerning Eberhart's essay, Empson's Poetry, in Accent Anthology published by Harcourt Brace & Co., 1963: October 14],
[Item 4: Eberhart to Ian Hamilton, concerning Eberhart's poems, Ceremony by the Sea and The Fury of Aerial Bombardment, their origin and their mention in various essays, 1965: June 1],
[Item 5: Eberhart to Hamilton concerning Eberhart's poem, John Ledyard, particularly the use of the word cedar, 1969: January 30],
[Item 6: Eberhart to Iam Hamilton concerning honors bestowed on Eberhart, and a description of his meeting Ezra Pound, 1969: June 11],
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Item 3: Eberhart to Ian Hamilton, Publisher, The Review, concerning Eberhart's essay, Empson's Poetry, in Accent Anthology published by Harcourt Brace & Co., 1963: October 14Add to your cart.
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