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Kenneth Burke Collection, 1961-1971 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: Kenneth Burke Collection, 1961-1971Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1961: November 7 - 1971

ID: MS/VMF/vmf021

Primary Creator: Burke, Kenneth (1897-1993)

Extent: 9.0 Items

Languages: English

Collection Historical Note

Kenneth Duva Burke was born May 5, 1897, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended Ohio State University from 1916-1917 and Columbia University from 1917-1918. He lived most of his life, from about 1921 until his death in 1993, at his home in Andover, New Jersey.

Beginning in the early 1920s, Burke was a prominent intellectual in New York literary circles. He also was associated closely with Bennington College, Vermont, where he began teaching in 1943. After resigning from Bennington in 1961, Burke accepted shorter teaching and lecturing opportunities at universities across the United States (including Penn State). During this time, Burke received many honorary doctorates and other awards, among them the Gold Medal from the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1975) and the National Medal for Literature (1981).

Kenneth Burke was a poet, essayist, reviewer, novelist, translator, social commentator, and writer of short stories. But Burke was more widely known in scholarly circles as a philosopher of language, and his ever-fertile writings have continued to influence contemporary thought, particularly in areas of rhetoric, philosophy, literary theory, cultural studies, and communication studies.

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Repository: MS 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.)

Acquisition Source: Purchased from Zeitlin & Ver Brugge (accession 1118) and gift (accession 1227)

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

Processing Information: Accession 1118 processed December, 1969.  Accession 1227 processed October, 1970.  Clipping processed December, 1971.

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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1963-1964],
[Series 2: Manuscripts, 1961-1963],
[Series 3: Clippings, 1970-1971],

Series 1: Correspondence, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter, signed from Kenneth Burke to Ralph B. Atkinson, concerning the manuscript which Burke was sending to Atkinson at his request.  Accession 1118., 1963: February 16Add to your cart.
Typed letter, signed.  1 page
Item 2: Typed letter signed, from Kenneth Burke to Jacob Zeitlin concerning an earlier version and the outline of the manuscript sent to Atkinson.  Accession 1118., 1964: March 17Add to your cart.
Typed letter, signed. 1 page.
Series 2: Manuscripts, 1961-1963Add to your cart.
Item 1: Definition of Man. Typescript draft for a lecture to be given at Antioch college, November 7, 1961.  Phrases and particular words circled to indicate the topics for `spontaneous' lecturing, see Burke to Zeitlin, 1964, above. Numerous notations and revisions in blue ink, and some pencil throughout. Page numbered 2-a worked in the same manner as draft pages but on smaller paper.  Accession 1118., c. 1961: November 7Add to your cart.
Typescript draft. 10 pages.
Item 2: Definition of Man. Manuscript outline. Blue ink on yellow paper. Numbers at right side in blue ink indicate the approximate page in the draft that the outlined ideas will be found. (These numbers are three ahead of the numbers listed on the outline). The outline stops with V, page 28 of the manuscript.  Accession 1118., no dateAdd to your cart.
Manuscript outline.  4 pages.
Item 3: Definition of Man. Typescript draft. Numerous pencil, typescript and blue ink notations and revisions. Signed page 45 and 46 in blue ink. Modified version of the essay appeared in Language as Symbolic Action [University of California Press, 1967].  Accession 1118., 1963: FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript draft. 46 pages.
Item 4: Towards Helhaven: Three Stages of a Vision.  Text, signed, typescript [photocopy] of an address given in Graham Chapel, Washington University, September 30, 1970 at the annual Honors Day Convocation. Typescript and manuscript revision throughout. One page to be inserted attached. Discusses, in satiric vein, pollution ("Wastage") follies of homo sapiens extending vision to future life on the moon when the earth has to be abandoned. Numerous political contemplations included. Accession 1227., 1970: September 30Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy]. 18 pages.
Series 3: Clippings, 1970-1971Add to your cart.
Three clippings concerning Burke

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