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Carol Bergé Papers (MSS011)

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Scope and Contents

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Correspondence

Material towards Acts of Love

Material towards American Romance

Material towards A Couple Called Moebius

Material towards From a Soft Angle

Material towards Miscellaneous Published Books

Material towards Unpublished Books

Published and Unpublished Poems

Prose

Archives of Center Magazine

Material Relating to Mississippi Review

Manuscripts by Others

Miscellany

Printed Materials

Magazines and Newsletters

Correspondence

Manuscripts

Ephemera

Correspondence

Material towards Antics: Short Fiction about People in the Antiques Business



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Carol Bergé Papers (MSS011), 1970-2006 | MSS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Carol Bergé Papers (MSS011), 1970-2006Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1970-2006

ID: MSS/MSS/011

Primary Creator: Berge, Carol, 1928-2006

Extent: 80.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Carol Bergé Papers consist almost entirely of her professional and literary papers from 1970 to 2006. They include an extensive collection of correspondence with contemporary literary figures which includes carbons of many of Berge's letters to her correspondents. The Bergé Papers also contain correspondence, manuscripts, drafts, proofs, and promotional material toward nearly all of her post-1970 books, notably Acts of Love, An American Romance, A Couple Called Moebius, and From A Soft Angle. The collection also house the archives of Center magazine, as well as material towards the issue of Mississippi Review that Bergé edited. Of particular interest in the personal miscellany of Carol Bergé's Papers are the flyers, brochures, and announcements concerning "happenings" and readings with which Berge was involved in New York City through the 1970's.

Collection Historical Note

Carol Bergé, a native of New York City, studied writing, editing, and magazine production at New York University and the New School for Social Research. Her early work was featured in the classic anthology, Four Young Lady Poets, ed. Leroi Jones (1962), and she has written numerous books of poetry and prose, including Poems Made of Skin (1968), An American Romance (1969), From a Soft Angle: Poems About Women (1972) and Acts of Love: An American Novel (1973). She began writing poetry in college in the late 1940's and worked in the 1950's for several New York publishers and advertising companies. In 1959, Berge traveled to Europe and began writing full-time.

In the early 1960's, Berge became involved with the group of avant-garde New York poets who presented readings at Le Deux Magots, Le Metro Cafe, and St. Marks Church. She worked closely with the poet Paul Blackburn, among others, coordinating readings and workshops in New York City. She also attended the now famous Vancouver poetry seminar at the University of British Columbia in 1962, and wrote The Vancouver Report (1964), a comprehensive response to and report of that event. In 1970 Berge founded Center magazine and was its sole editor during its ten year run. In addition to her long career as an author and editor, Berge has taught literature and creative writing at a number of universities including Goddard College, the University of Southern Mississippi (where she edited the Mississippi Review), the University of New Mexico, and Wright State University.

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.)

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 23044

Accession number 23068

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


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[Series G1-1: Correspondence],
[Series G1-2: Material towards Acts of Love],
[Series G1-3: Material towards American Romance],
[Series G1-4: Material towards A Couple Called Moebius],
[Series G1-5: Material towards From a Soft Angle],
[Series G1-6: Material towards Miscellaneous Published Books],
[Series G1-7: Material towards Unpublished Books],
[Series G1-8: Published and Unpublished Poems],
[Series G1-9: Prose],
[Series G1-10: Archives of Center Magazine],
[Series G1-11: Material Relating to Mississippi Review],
[Series G1-12: Manuscripts by Others],
[Series G1-13: Miscellany],
[Series G1-14: Printed Materials],
[Series G1-15: Magazines and Newsletters],
[Series G2-1: Correspondence, 1964-2000],
[Series G2-2: Manuscripts],
[Series G2-3: Ephemera],
[Series G3-1: Correspondence],
[Series G3-2: Material towards Antics: Short Fiction about People in the Antiques Business],
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Series G1-2: Material towards Acts of LoveAdd to your cart.
Consists of drafts of novel, dedication page, flap copy and title page, material towards cover design, excerpted material, correspondence between publishers, agent and Berge, reviews and advertisements and miscellaneous notes. Acts of Love (New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1973).
Sub-Series G1-2.1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence relating to novel, primarily between Berge, Charles Neighbors (agent) and Tom Gervasi and Gene Rachlis of Bobbs-Merrill.
Box 37Add to your cart.
Folder 485Add to your cart.
28 items
Sub-Series G1-2.2: Drafts and FragmentsAdd to your cart.
Consists of various drafts, fragments, notes, material toward dusk jacket and miscellaneous matter toward Acts of Love.
Box 37-39Add to your cart.
Folder 486-493Add to your cart.
224 items
Sub-Series G1-2.3: Material Toward CoverAdd to your cart.
Consists of auto and ts notes, clippings and pieces of material concerning the color, layout, design and typeface of the cover of Acts of Love.
Box 39Add to your cart.
Folder 494Add to your cart.
14 items
Sub-Series G1-2.4: Reviews, Advertisements, MiscellanyAdd to your cart.
Consists of various clippings and xeroxes of reviews and advertisements for Acts of Loveand auto notes and fragments.
Box 39Add to your cart.
Folder 495Add to your cart.
26 items

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[Series G1-3: Material towards American Romance],
[Series G1-4: Material towards A Couple Called Moebius],
[Series G1-5: Material towards From a Soft Angle],
[Series G1-6: Material towards Miscellaneous Published Books],
[Series G1-7: Material towards Unpublished Books],
[Series G1-8: Published and Unpublished Poems],
[Series G1-9: Prose],
[Series G1-10: Archives of Center Magazine],
[Series G1-11: Material Relating to Mississippi Review],
[Series G1-12: Manuscripts by Others],
[Series G1-13: Miscellany],
[Series G1-14: Printed Materials],
[Series G1-15: Magazines and Newsletters],
[Series G2-1: Correspondence, 1964-2000],
[Series G2-2: Manuscripts],
[Series G2-3: Ephemera],
[Series G3-1: Correspondence],
[Series G3-2: Material towards Antics: Short Fiction about People in the Antiques Business],
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