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Mary Jo Bang Papers (MSS154)

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Correspondence

Manuscripts

Material Toward Books

Other Projects

Boston Review

Works by Others

Personal Papers

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Mary Jo Bang Papers (MSS154), 1950-2017 | MSS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Mary Jo Bang Papers (MSS154), 1950-2017Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1980s-2000s

ID: MSS/MSS/154

Primary Creator: Bang, Mary Jo

Extent: 92.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 12/23/2014

Languages: Spanish;Castilian, English, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Mary Jo Bang Papers consists largely of her own manuscript materials, including drafts of individual poems, book reviews, essays, introductions and translations, as well as editorial material toward her published and unpublished books. Also included are personal journals, college work, artwork, printed materials and ephemera. A substantial amount of personal and business correspondence is present, primarily with friends, family, editors, students, and colleagues in the literary community. Finally, the Bang Papers include a large assortment of material relating Bang’s work outside of writing including editorial work for the Boston Review, teaching, conferences and readings, consolations and advisory boards, fellowships, residencies, exhibitions, and photography.

Collection Historical Note

Mary Jo Bang (October 22, 1946 - ) is an American poet.  Born in Waynesville, Missouri, Bang grew up in Ferguson and graduated from McCluer High School. She received a BA and an MA in Sociology from Northwestern University, a BA in photography from the Polytechnic of Central London, and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.

Bang is the author of several books of poems, including Apology for Want (1997), which received the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize and the 1998 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award; Louise in Love (2001); The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans (2001); The Eye Like a Strange Balloon (2004); Elegy (2007), which won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award; and The Bride of E (2009); Inferno (2012); and The Last Two Seconds (2015).

Bang has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Bellagio Foundation, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She has received a “Discovery”/The Nation award, a Pushcart Prize, and her poems have been included in multiple editions of The Best American Poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including New Republic, Yale Review, Boston Review, Paris Review, Columbia, Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, Nation, Notre Dame Review, Paris Review, Tin House, New Yorker, and New American Writing.

Bang was the poetry co-editor of the Boston Review from 1995 to 2005, and is currently a professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Some restrictions. Please contact Curator for more details.

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.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase from Mary Jo Bang

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 2014.022

Accession number MSS2017-027

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


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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books],
[Series 4: Other Projects],
[Series 5: Boston Review],
[Series 6: Works by Others],
[Series 7: Personal Papers],
[Series 8: Born Digital Material (Electronic Records)],
[Series 9: Audiovisual],
[Series 10: Ephemera],
[Series 11: Printed Materials],
[Series 12: Artwork],
[All]

Series 3: Material Toward BooksAdd to your cart.
Material Toward Books consist of published and unpublished works by Bang including Apology for Want, Louise in Love, The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of the Swans, The Eye Like a Strange Balloon, Elegy, The Bride of E, Inferno, The Last Two Seconds, Scenes from Shadowland, Amnesia, The Lesson Plan, Eliza and the Wise Man, B is for Butterfly, and Whatever You Desire: Book of Lesbian Poetry.
Sub-Series 3.1: Apology for WantAdd to your cart.
Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1997
Box 51Add to your cart.
Folder 1-2: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
123 pages
Folder 3: Typescript draft with correctionsAdd to your cart.
Early draft. 32 pages.
Folder 4: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
141 pages
Folder 5-6: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
Alternately titled How to Leave a Prairie, Difficult Eden and Pandora. 230 pages
Folder 7: Typescript draft with no correctionsAdd to your cart.
Early draft. 67 pages. Titled Difficult Eden.
Folder 8: Typescript draft with no correctionsAdd to your cart.
Early drafts. 68 pages. Titled Reign of Unreason.
Box 52Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Typescript draft with no correctionsAdd to your cart.
66 pages
Folder 2: Typescript draft with no correctionAdd to your cart.
60 pages
Folder 3: Page proof, 1997: January 23Add to your cart.
76 pages
Folder 4: Page proofs, 1997: March 31Add to your cart.
76 pages
Folder 5: Page proof, 1997: March 31Add to your cart.
Spiral bound photocopy, 76 pages
Folder 6: Dust jacket and advertisement mock-upsAdd to your cart.
14 pages. Includes book budget worksheet and blurbs by Edward Hirsch and Lucie Brock-Broido
Folder 7: Publishing agreement, 1996: September 26Add to your cart.
Includes review list.
Sub-Series 3.2: Louise in LoveAdd to your cart.
New York: Grove Press, 2001
Box 52Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Deluge: A Verse For Two VoicesAdd to your cart.

Typescript and autograph with corrections, 48 pages

Unpublished persona poem divided into 28 sections from the point of view of a daughter-in-law of Noah. Portions were incorporated into Louis In Love. Also titled Deluge: A Play For Two Voices and Deluge & Ark .

Folder 9: Deluge: A Verse for Two VoicesAdd to your cart.

Typescript and autograph with corrections, 94 pages

Unpublished persona poem divided into 28 sections from the point of view of a daughter-in-law of Noah. Portions were incorporated into Louis In Love. Also titled Deluge: A Play For Two Voices and Deluge & Ark .

Folder 10: Deluge: A Verse for Two Voices Add to your cart.

Typescript with corrections, 53 pages

Unpublished persona poem divided into 28 sections from the point of view of a daughter-in-law of Noah. Portions were incorporated into Louis In Love. Also titled Deluge: A Play For Two Voices and Deluge & Ark

Box 53Add to your cart.
Folder 1-2: Deluge: A Verse for Two Voices Add to your cart.

Typescript and autograph with corrections, 225 pages

Unpublished persona poem divided into 28 sections from the point of view of a daughter-in-law of Noah. Portions were incorporated into Louis In Love. Also titled Deluge: A Play For Two Voices and Deluge & Ark

Folder 3: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
80 pages. Includes 96 page notebook.
Folder 4: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
110 pages
Folder 5: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
145 pages
Folder 6-7: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
180 pages
Box 54Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Proofreader's copyAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 71. Includes comment sheets by proofreader, Janet H. Baker
Folder 2: Dusk jacket mock-upsAdd to your cart.
2 items
Folder 3: Publishing agreement, 2000: April 18Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3.3: The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of the Swans Add to your cart.
Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2001
Box 54Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Autograph notesAdd to your cart.
Journal, 76 pages
Folder 5: Autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
43 pages
Folder 6: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
142 pages
Folder 7-8: Typescript [photocopy] with no correctionsAdd to your cart.
Spiral-bound, 59 pages. 2 copies. One copy contains a bookmark advertisemen for a Bang reading and signing.
Folder 9: Page proof with correctionsAdd to your cart.
68 pages
Folder 10: Publishing agreement, 2000: June 2Add to your cart.
Also includes author marketing questionnaire.
Sub-Series 3.4: The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Add to your cart.
New York: Grove Press, 2004
Box 55Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notebook with autograph draftsAdd to your cart.
46 pages
Folder 2: Notebook with autograph draftsAdd to your cart.
38 pages
Folder 3-4: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
281 pages
Folder 5: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter AAdd to your cart.
123 pages. Includes drafts of "A Museum Can Have Music In It;" "A Very Happy Picture;" "Abstract Painting, Blue;" "Alice in Wonderland;" "Allegory;" "An Ant Under the Microscope;" and "Atrabiliarios."
Folder 6: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter BAdd to your cart.
47 pages. Includes drafts of "Birthday;" "Blue Thought Circle;" and "The Bridge (Or, Ophelia)."
Folder 7: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter CAdd to your cart.
86 pages. Includes drafts of "Cannibal Feast," "Catastrophe Theory II," "Catastrophe Theory III," "Catastrophe Theory IV," "Champagne For Everyone," "Children's Games," and " Cursive Landscape."
Folder 8: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter DAdd to your cart.
12 pages. Includes drafts of "Doll" and "Don't Know Why There's No Sun Up in the Sky, Stormy Weather."
Folder 9: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter EAdd to your cart.
44 pages. Includes drafts of "Envy and Avarice," "Etched Murmurs," and "The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity."
Folder 10: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter FAdd to your cart.
40 pages. Includes drafts of "Felt Suit;" "From the Mouth of Architecture;" and "The Falling Out (Or, The End)."
Box 56Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter GAdd to your cart.
14 pages. Includes drafts of "Going Out" and "The Girl Looking Back."
Folder 2: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter HAdd to your cart.
55 pages. Includes drafts of "Hoping is Wanting to Pull Down Clouds;" "How Did Monkeys Get Into My Book?;" "How High the Moon;" and "High Art."
Folder 3: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter IAdd to your cart.
76 pages. Includes drafts of "In Memory of My Feelings - Frank O'Hara;" "In the Garden;" "If Nancy Was a Boy;" and "It's Always Been Like This."
Folder 4: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter LAdd to your cart.
45 pages. Includes drafts of "Les Demoiselles D'Avignon;" "Lovers Let's Kiss;" and "Lovers (Or, The Tropic Bride)."
Folder 5: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter MAdd to your cart.
160 pages. Includes drafts of "Machine Dance," "Man and Woman," "Masquerade," "Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning," "Minnie Mouse," "Modern Art," "Mrs. Autumn and Her Two Daughters," "Mulholland Drive;" "The Magic Lantern;" and "The Museum Has a Visitor."
Folder 6: Typescript drafts with corrections - Letters OAdd to your cart.
41 pages. Includes drafts of "On Canvas" and "The Object That Dreams."
Folder 7: Typescript drafts with corrections - Letter PAdd to your cart.
80 pages. Includes drafts of "Painting, Smoking, Eating;" "Physiomythological Diluvian Picture;" "The Palace;" "The Phenomenon of Ecstasy;" and "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (Or, Advanced Tools)."
Folder 8: Typescript draft with no corrections - Letter QAdd to your cart.
2 pages. Includes draft of "The Question of Remains."
Folder 9: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter RAdd to your cart.
122 pages. Includes drafts of "Rain;" "Rock and Roll Is Dead, The Novel Is Dead, God is Dead, Painting Is Dead;" and "Rococo."
Folder 10: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter SAdd to your cart.
77 pages. Includes drafts of "Seeing Things As They Are;" "Snowdrops;" "Speech IS Designed to Persuade;" "Spots;" "Still Life with Bust of Venus;" "Study for a Portrait;" "Suspended Forms;" and "The Singing Sculpture."
Box 57Add to your cart.
Folder 1-2: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter TAdd to your cart.
225 pages. Includes drafts of "The Tempest (Or, Don't Know Why There's No Sun Up in the Sky, Stormy Weather);" "The Three Lies of Painting;" "The Tyranny of Everyday Life;" "Three Men;" "Three Parts of an X;" "Three Trees;" "Time Exposed;" "Time Was;" "Truisms (Indifference Is);" and "This Is How You Sit Correctly (After Goya)."
Folder 3: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter UAdd to your cart.
15 pages. Includes drafts of "Untitled #70 (Or, The Question of Remains);" "Untitled;" and "Untitled Film Still #16, 1978."
Folder 4: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections - Letter WAdd to your cart.
14 pages. Includes drafts of "What Moonlight Will Do for Ruins" and "What She Needed Was."
Folder 5: Typescript draft with minimal correctionsAdd to your cart.
76 pages
Folder 6: Typescript draft with minimal correctionsAdd to your cart.
113 pages
Folder 7: Typescript draft with no correctionsAdd to your cart.
73 pages
Folder 8: Typescript draft with no correctionsAdd to your cart.
81 pages
Folder 9: Typescript draft with no correctionsAdd to your cart.
82 pages
Folder 10: Typescript draft with no correctionsAdd to your cart.
83 pages
Folder 11: Autograph fragments and notesAdd to your cart.
16 pages
Folder 12: Page proof [photocopy] fragment with correctionsAdd to your cart.
1 page
Folder 13: Publishing agreement, 2004: February 3Add to your cart.
Also includes invoice for artwork used in publication and review list. 3 items
Folder 14: Page proofs of poems published in Common Knowledge, 2004, 2003Add to your cart.
“Three Men,” “Abstract Painting, Blue,” and “Rock and Roll is Dead, The Novel Is Dead, God Is Dead, Painting Is Dead,” 6 pages
Sub-Series 3.5: Elegy Add to your cart.
St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 2007
Box 58Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Early autograph draftsAdd to your cart.
5 pages
Folder 2: Autograph and typescript drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
71 pages
Folder 3: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
56 pages
Folder 4-6: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
132 pages. Also includes copies of the table of contents, correspondence, and publicity outline
Folder 7: Typescript drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
69 pages
Folder 8: Typescript drafts with no correctionsAdd to your cart.
137 pages
Folder 9: Typescript drafts with no correctionsAdd to your cart.
67 pages
Folder 10: Review listAdd to your cart.
2 items
Sub-Series 3.6: The Bride of EAdd to your cart.
Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2009
Box 59Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notebook with autograph draftsAdd to your cart.
10 pages
Folder 2-3: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
339 pages
Folder 4-5: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
236 pages
Folder 6: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
150 pages
Folder 7: Autograph notesAdd to your cart.
17 pages
Box 60Add to your cart.
Folder 1-2: Typescript drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
227 pages. Includes some correspondence and clippings.
Folder 3: Typescript draft with edits by Eleanor SarasohnAdd to your cart.
60 pages
Folder 4: Uncorrected proofAdd to your cart.
3 signatures with hard back cover and dust jacket
Folder 5: Uncorrected proofAdd to your cart.
3 signatures with dust jacket
Folder 6: Uncorrected proofAdd to your cart.
Bound, 90 pages
Folder 7: Typescript and autograph drafts with corrections of unused poemsAdd to your cart.
29 pages
Sub-Series 3.7: Inferno Add to your cart.
Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2012
Box 60Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Typescript drafts with minimal correctionsAdd to your cart.
183 pages. Includes reviews and correspondence.
Folder 9: Typescript drafts with corrections and research materialsAdd to your cart.
96 pages
Folder 10: Typescript draft with correctionsAdd to your cart.
218 pages. Includes Notes to Canto I
Folder 11: Typescript draft with correctionsAdd to your cart.
218 pages. Includes Notes to Canto I
Box 61Add to your cart.
Folder 1-5: Typescript drafts with corrections and research materialsAdd to your cart.
643 pages. Second folder contains a photograph of Bang.
Folder 6-7: Typescript drafts with minimal corrections and research materials and notesAdd to your cart.
211 pages
Folder 8: Typescript draft with correctionsAdd to your cart.
112 pages. Includes correspondence with New Letters and typescript copy of "Canto by Canto"
Box 62Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Typescript draft with correctionsAdd to your cart.
12 pages
Folder 2-4: Page proofsAdd to your cart.
353 pages
Folder 5: Uncorrected proofAdd to your cart.
Bound, 338 pages
Folder 6: Publishing agreement, 2010: June 4Add to your cart.
Includes review list
Sub-Series 3.8: The Last Two SecondsAdd to your cart.
Minneapolis: MN: Graywolf Press, 2015
Box 62Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Typescript drafts of unused poemsAdd to your cart.
75 pages. Includes drafts of "What Happens When,"  "The Hospital," "One Color Photograph of a Basilica," "Special Correspondent," "In the Movie," "The Made," "Blind Obedience," "After the Fall of the Wall," and "Homeless."
Folder 8: Table of ContentsAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages
Folder 9: NotesAdd to your cart.
15 pages
Folder 10: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
Early drafts. 49 pages
Box 63Add to your cart.
Folder 1-4: Typescript and autographs drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
463 pages. Includes drafts of "After the Fact," "All Through the Night," "As In Corona," "At the Moment of Beginning," "The Blank of Reasons Produces Blank," "A Calculation Based on Figures in a Scene," "Can the Individual Experience Tragic Consequences?," "Close Observation Especially of One Under Suspicion," "Costumes Exchanging Glances," The Disappearance of Amerika," "Doktor Strangelove," "The Elastic Moment," "Explain," "Here's What the Mapmaker Knows," "The Last Two Seconds," "Lolita in the Heart of Darkness," "The Numbers," "A Room in Cleopatra's Palace," "Two Places and One Time," "A Structure of Repeating Units," "Silence Always Happens Suddenly," "Sure, it's a little game...," "The Perpetual Night She Went Into," "Under the Influence of Ideals," "Scene After Scene," "A Man Mentioned In An Essay," "Rude Mechanicals," and "You Know."
Folder 5: Corrected printout draft, 2014: MayAdd to your cart.
69 pages
Folder 6: Book jacket proofAdd to your cart.
3 items. Includes correspondence
Sub-Series 3.9: Scenes from ShadowlandAdd to your cart.
Box 63Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Typescript with no correctionsAdd to your cart.
62 pages. Bang's first volume of poems (unpublished). Includes seven poems that appeared in Apology for Want and many others written in London.
Sub-Series 3.10: AmnesiaAdd to your cart.
Box 63Add to your cart.
Folder 8-9: Typescript and autograph drafts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
247 pages. Unpublished verse novel. Completed during Bang's term as a Guggenheim Fellow.
Sub-Series 3.11: The Lesson PlanAdd to your cart.
Box 64Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Typescript and autograph with correctionsAdd to your cart.
140 pages. Includes character development notes. Unpublished collaboration with Susan Wheeler.
Sub-Series 3.12: Eliza and the Wise ManAdd to your cart.
Unpublished children's book. Also titled Eliza and the Lion.
Box 64Add to your cart.
Folder 2-3: Typescripts with correctionsAdd to your cart.
179 pages. Includes multiple drafts, photocopies from Writer's Market '89, and microfiche
Folder 4: Typescript with correctionsAdd to your cart.
34 pages. 3 copies
Sub-Series 3.13: B is for ButterflyAdd to your cart.
Unpublished children's book
Box 64Add to your cart.
Folder 5: DummyAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Also includes clippings of butterflies, list of publishers, list of butterfly resource books, and outline.
Sub-Series 3.14: Whatever You Desire: Book of Lesbian Poetry edited by BangAdd to your cart.
Box 64-64.1Add to your cart.
Folder 7-8; 1-2: Correspondence, poem submissions, photocopied selections and cover art mock-upsAdd to your cart.
406 pages
Sub-Series 3.15: A Doll for ThrowingAdd to your cart.
Box 64.1Add to your cart.
Folder 3-5: Typescript and autograph draft with correctionsAdd to your cart.
446 pages
Folder 6: Page proofsAdd to your cart.
78 pages. Includes correspondence
Folder 7: Page proofsAdd to your cart.
103 pages. Includes correspondence
Folder 8: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
3 pages
Folder 9-10: Research MaterialsAdd to your cart.
244 pages

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