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Perspective Archive (MSS093)

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Correspondence, Box 1-4

Material Toward Individual Issues, Box 4-8

Business Material, Box 9



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Perspective Archive (MSS093), 1947-1982 | MSS Manuscripts

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Title: Perspective Archive (MSS093), 1947-1982Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1947-1982

ID: MSS/MSS/093

Primary Creator: Perspective

Extent: 9.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Perspective Archive consist of three major groupings. The first is a series of correspondence which includes a large group of business and general correspondence and two smaller groups of letters from Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams. The second, and largest, series is made up of the manuscripts, correspondence, and editorial matter for individual issues of Perspective. The final portion of the collection consists of the magazine's business records.

Collection Historical Note

Perspective magazine was one of the more interesting literary magazines to emerge in the United States after World War II. It was founded in 1947 by Jarvis Thurston and his wife, the poet Mona Van Duyn, while they were teaching at the University of Louisville. When Thurston joined the English faculty of Washington University in 1950, the magazine moved with them to St. Louis. Thurston and Van Duyn operated the magazine, which appeared quarterly, from St. Louis for over twenty years until 1975, the date of Perspective's final issue. In 1982, the Washington University English Department produced a special dedicatory issue of Perspective.This issue, which honored Thurston on his retirement and featured new work by his former students and contributors, might be considered the magazine's true final issue.

Perspective's 28-year run was quite lengthy, compared to most little magazines. What made Perspectiveimportant, however, was not the length of time it survived but the quality of the work it published. Thurston, Van Duyn, and the various other editors who worked on the magazine over the years demonstrated a keen eye for promising work by emerging poets and fiction writers. Authors whose work Perspectivehelped to introduce include William S. Merwin, Anthony Hecht, Douglas Woolf, Thomas McAfee, William Gass, Stanley Elkin, Donald Finkel, and Constance Urdang, the latter three serving on the editorial staff of the magazine for many years. And, as the list below indicates, Perspective's reputation as an important literary magazine helped it attract work from many of the most prominent authors of the time.

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

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.)

Related Materials: See also the Mona Van Duyn and Jarvis Thurston Papers

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


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[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1-4],
[Series 2: Material Toward Individual Issues, Box 4-8],
[Series 3: Business Material, Box 9],
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Series 3: Business Material, Box 9Add to your cart.
Consists of business papers for Perspective: copyrights, tax materials, account books, legal papers, clippings, inventory notebooks and subscription lists.
Folder 92: Inventory notebooksAdd to your cart.
Consists of records detailing stock of Perspective copies. 2 items
Folder 93: CheckbooksAdd to your cart.
4 items
Folder 94-95: Subscription listsAdd to your cart.
17 items
Folder 96: Account books--subscriptionsAdd to your cart.
5 items
Folder 97: Copyrights reassignedAdd to your cart.
178 items
Folder 98: Copyrights for each issueAdd to your cart.
72 items
Folder 99: AdvertisementsAdd to your cart.
25 items
Folder 100: Meetings, minutes of Board of DirectorsAdd to your cart.
6 items
Folder 101: Tax materialAdd to your cart.
20 items
Folder 102: Legal papersAdd to your cart.
20 items
Folder 103: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
17 items
Folder 104: Manuscripts retained with correspondenceAdd to your cart.
20 items
Item 1: Bethel, Gar. The clay bank [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Bethel, 1972: January 23
Item 2: Bricuth, John. The touch [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from John Irwin, 1969: March 18
Item 3: Cheshire, L. Perspective [poem]Add to your cart.
Autograph, 1 page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Cheshire, 1949: August 1
Item 4: Foc, Ott. [8 poems] [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript [photograph], 2 pages. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Foc to Mona Van Duyn, No date
Item 5: Goldstein, HenryAdd to your cart.

The house with the blue door [poem]. Typescript, 2 pages. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Goldstein, 1974: June 6

On acquiring a votive candleholder at an antique shop in Southampton [poem]. Typescript, 1 page.  Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Goldstein, 1974: June 6

Yahrzeit [poem]  Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Goldstein, 1974:June 6

Item 6: Hitchcock, George. Arrival and departure [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Hitchcock, 1964: April 11
Item 7: Kuhn, Harold. The song [poem], 1956: April 25Add to your cart.
Autograph, 1 page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Kuhn, 1956: May 17
Item 8: Magowan, RobinAdd to your cart.

Girl in black [essay]. Typescript [photocopy], 2 pages. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Magowan, [1968:Oct 20]

Susan [poem]. Typescript [photocopy], 2 pages. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Magowan, [1968:Oct 20]

United Hungarian F.C. [poem]. Typescript [photocopy], 2 pages. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Magowan, [1968:Oct 20]

Zebekiko [poem]. Typescript [photocopy], 2 pages. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Magowan, [1968:Oct 20]

Item 9: McGahey, Jeanne. Prologue for Western [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from McGahey, 1954: February 3
Item 10: Meyers, BillAdd to your cart.

Consider me Adam, you be Eve: Eve (first line) [poem].  Typescript, 2 drafts, 2 pages. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Meyers, 1967: February 13

Don't think it's easy or that I am kind (first line) [poem]. Typescript, page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Meyers, 1967: February 13

Not perfect, not willing, not believing (first line) [poem]. Typescript, page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Meyers, 1967: February 13

What crap! How can he call it poetry (first line) [poem]. Typescript, page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Meyers, 1967: February 13

Why are they indifferent, seriously (first line) [poem]. Typescript, page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Meyers, 1967: February 13

Why be nasty? Why not relent? Not I (first line) [poem]. Typescript, page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Meyers, 1967: February 13

Item 11: Moore, Richard. The autobiography of a mouse [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 6 pages. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Moore, 1969: December 9
Item 12: Morin, EdwardAdd to your cart.

The pearl-handled skyline [poem]. Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Morin, 1969: June 19

Test of strength [poem]. Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Morin, 1969: June 19

Item 13: Neville, Patrick. Eulogy for Simone Weil [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Neville, No date.
Item 14: Posner, David Louis. Dialogue with a dead Marxist [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 4 pages. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Posner, [1968: May]
Item 15: Prager, Len. Progeny [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Prager, 1963: May 14
Item 16: Schaeffer, Susan Fromberg. Alphabet [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 3 pages. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Schaeffer, 1971: September 8
Item 17: Sebenthall, Roberta. Cuckoo house [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 3 pages. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Sebenthall, 1969: April 1
Item 18: Skelley, C L., Jr.. Time allotted [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Series I.1 on card from Skelley, 1960: January 30
Item 19: Stevens, WallaceAdd to your cart.

Dinner bell in the woods [poem], 1954. Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Series I.2 with letter from Stevens, 1954: August 23

Reality is an activity of the most august imagination [poem], 1954. Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Series I.2 with letter from Stevens, 1954: August 23

Item 20: Troutner, Jack. One pansy [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Troutner, 1969: July 2
Item 21: Zabriskie, George. Postscript [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript. Moderate revision. 1 page. Filed in Series I.1 with letter from Zabriskie, 1953.

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