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Collected Poems of Babette Deutsch

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Title: Babette Deutsch Papers, 1921-1969Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1921-1969

ID: MS/MS/ms034

Primary Creator: Deutsch, Babette (1895-1982)

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Babette Deutsch Papers includes correspondence (1921-1966) from Conrad Aiken, Elizabeth Bishop, Robinson Jeffers, Kenneth Rexroth, R.P. Blackmur, Peter Viereck, Leonie Adams, Louise Bogan, Kenyon Review, Poetry, Dorothy M. Richardson, E.A. Robinson, Theodore Roethke, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, and Thomas MacGreevy.  Also included are materials relating to Collected Poems of Babette Deutsch.

Collection Historical Note

Babette Deutsch (September 22, 1895 – November 13, 1982) was an American poet, translator, novelist, editor, and critic. Born in New York City, Deutsch attended the Ethical Culture School and Barnard College, graduating in 1917 with a B.A. She published poems in magazines such as the North American Review and the New Republic while she was still a student at Barnard. Two years after her graduation, she published her first poetry collection, Banners (1919). Aligned with the Imagist movement, Deutsch typically composed compact, lyrical pieces using crisp visual imagery. Many of her poems are responses to paintings or other pieces of visual art. Deutsch is the author of 10 collections of poetry, two of which are self-selected volumes of her collected work: Collected Poems 1919–1962 (1963) and The Collected Poems of Babette Deutsch (1969). Deutsch also published four novels, six volumes of children’s literature, four books of prose on poetry, and numerous translations, and edited Poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1967). With her husband, Avraham Yarmolinsky, Deutsch translated Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin and Alexander Blok’s The Twelve, edited several anthologies of Russian and German poetry, and compiled two story collections for children. Deutsch taught at the New School for Social Research and Columbia University, where she also received an honorary doctorate in 1946.

Administrative Information

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 Source: Purchase and gift

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 816. Purchase from Henry Wenning, March 8, 1967

Accession number 1129. Gift of Babette Deutsch, January 8, 1970

Accession number 1641. Gift of Ann N. Ridgeway, November 9, 1984

Accession number 2103. Gift of Ray Lewis White, October 1996

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


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Item 1: Aiken, Conrad, to Deutsch, Babette, 1921: February 28Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 2 pages.

Yarmouth, Mass. Disputes her Post and Dial reviews in which she criticizes The House of Dust and Senlin [The Charnel Rose: Senlin] for their dependence on the work of T.S. Eliot

Item 2: Deutsch, Babette to Aiken, Conrad, 1921: March 2Add to your cart.

Typed letter, 1 page.

Conrad, New York. Explains her Post and Dial reviews concerning Aiken's derivation from T.S. Eliot in The house of dust and Senlin [The charnel rose: Senlin].

Item 3: Jeffers, Robinson, to Deutsch, Babette, 1926: March 18Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

Carmel. Thanks her for her review of Roan stallion, commends Deutsch poem appearing in the Nation

Item 4: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1927: October 8Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

New York. Writes as editor of the Dial that Deutsch poem retitled At Croton Dam can be published if a line is changed.

Item 5: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette., 1927: October 14Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

New York. Cannot publish At Croton Dam because Miss Deutsch feels no change can be made in third line.

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Item 1: Jeffers, Robinson, to Deutsch, Babette, 1931: February 11Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

Carmel. Commends Deutsch poem, Epistle to Prometheus, promises to send her a discussion of it. He has been asked for poetry by The new freeman and has offered a review of the Deutsch book instead

Item 2: Jeffers, Robinson, to Deutsch, Babette, 1931: March 4Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

Carmel. Sends review of Prometheus... to be submitted to the New freeman. Sends picture of thewinding stair, used by Yeats in poem title, and reviewed by Deutsch.

Folder 3: Robinson, Edward Arlington, to Deutsch, Babette, 1931: March 22Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

New York. Thanks her for sending [Epistle to Prometheus], commends it.

Item 4: Jeffers, Robinson, to Deutsch, Babette, 1934: November 7Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

Carmel. Jeffers will be a reference for Miss Deutsch's Guggenheim application. Asks for a copy of Honey from the rock [sic]

Item 5: Roethke, Theodore, to Deutsch, Babette, 1941: March 8Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

State College, PA. Sends her a review, had asked Knopf man to send hera copy of a Roethke book, [Open House,1941]. Commends her review of [R.P.] Blackmur.

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Item 1: Blockadefrei Tag. Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch Babette, 1943Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Thanks her for her appreciation of a part of his work, reminds her of an experience at Princeton when they were attacked by a group of instructors. Published in Selected letters. Edited with an introduction by John Thirlwall. New York, McDowell, Obolensky [1951]. p. 209.

Item 2: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1943: January 18Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Comments on [Ezra] Pound's college years at the University of Pennsylvania and Hamilton College, his acquaintance in London, 1910, with Yates [sic]. Published in Selected letters. pp.210-11.

Item 3: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1943: January 21Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Comments further on Pound, agrees that anti-yokelism was basis of his career.

Item 4: Williams, William Carlos to Deutsch, Babette, 1943: June 4Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Commends her letter in P[artisan] R[eview], encloses his reply to [Sidney] Hook, [Meyer?] Shapiro. [Deutsch letter commending PR for its integrity appeared in v. 8, no. 1, Jan-Feb, 1940 issue]

Item 5: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1946: January 18Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 11 pages.

Dublin. Discusses painter Jack Yeats, her remarks about Yeats' father, antisemitism, comments at lengthon lines “we are members, one of another, and we are sick” in Take them, stranger, other poems in book

Item 6: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1946: September 9Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Dublin. Pleased that she has again referred to his poetry in a Herald Tribune review, July 28.

Item 7: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1946: November 5Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, A postscrip, 2 pages.

Dublin. Explains why he has stopped writing poetry, justifies his present living situation.

Item 8: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: Febuary 17Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Dublin. Comments on the lack of fuel in Dublin, the success of the tapestry image in a Deutsch poem, Thomas Moore's poetry, his taste for Pushkin.

Folder 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: March 6Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Rutherford, NJ. Discusses scarcity of copies of [Kora in Hell?].

Item 2: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: March 31Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 6 pages.

Dublin. Comments further on Dublin winter, thanks her for a blanket she is sending. Relates an anecdote about Samuel Beckett, discusses him at length. Remarks a Protestant Catholic feeling in Ireland, a program of records he presented in the United States, the unauthorized reprinting of his poems.

Item 3: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: April 10Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 4 pages.

Dublin. Discusses religious matters, disputes Deutsch contention that Hell is here, comments on his music broadcast selection of records.

Item 4: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: April 26Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 4 pages.

Dublin. Reminisces about his childhood, discusses an uncredited Lawrence Campbell head of Jack Yeats, Irish painter, found in a catalog.

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Item 1: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: May 29Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 4 pages.

Dublin.Discusses personal plans with Samuel Beckett, recounts writing of The special, concerning Lusitania sinking, and personal experiences. Sends from memory a poem written in London.

Item 2: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: June 4Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Dublin. Discusses Cable's The Grandissimes, notes he is trying to collect some Beckett poems for Deutsch to use in a book.

Item 3: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: July 5Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 7 pages.

Dublin. Comments on broadcasting, rebukes her on [adverse] remarks about MacDowell's music, Cable's The Grandissimes. Recollects early reading of Henry James, finding a copy of Alice James' Journals, recounts a remark by Catherine Corswell about novelist Dorothy Richardson, a drive with painter Jack Yeats and Samuel Beckett; discusses religious matters, a conversation with D.H. Lawrence.

Item 4: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: July 28Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 3 pages.

Rutherford, NJ. Enjoyed Utah literary conference, shared with AllenTate, Ray West, Mark Shorer [sic], Waltervan Tilbury [sic] Clark, Brewster Ghiselin, Eric Bently [sic]. Discusses labor violence in Paterson, tells her plan for remaining three parts, notes he is not a Marxist. Comments on Jarrell reviews of his work, discusses “that green bottle piece” [unnamed poem]. Incomplete in Selected letters, pp. 258-259.

Item 5: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: July 31Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn.She denies disliking poetry, but prefers manner of certain kinds. Thanks Deutsch for speaking to her at T.S. Eliot lecture.

Item 6: Roethke, Theodore, to Deutsch, Babette, 1948: January 22Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 4 pages.

Seattle. Quotes from Jung to effect that poet should not be expected to interpret his work, explains first four sections of The lost son, The long alley, A field of light, lets her work out The shape of the fire. Poems have been “written out of suffering,” are meant to be heard. Notes that in this kind of poem, poet should render experience, not comment.

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Item 1: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: July 31Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Discusses her criticism of The pink church [poem], noting his distrust of a militant church and religious action to right social wrongs. Commends her view that he has underrated Paterson's labor problems.

Item 2: Richardson, Dorothy M. to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: August 2Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

[Cornwall.] Comments on distaste for most modern poetry, commends Deutsch's poetry, and her Rilke translation. Remarks her personal life.

Item 3: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: September 8Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn, NY. Gratified for Deutsch review of Transport to summer. Notes mother died July 9.

Item 4: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: September 11Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn, NY. Thanks her for perceiving Moore's feelings [on the death of her mother].

Folder 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: September 22Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 10 pages.

Dublin. Describes his vacation in Kerry, an evening with Herbert Read discussing Eliot and Joyce, an anecdote, other personal affairs.

Item 2: Richardson, Dorothy, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: September 28Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Cornwall. Thanks her for food package, comments on monotony of her diet, increasing mechanization of poetry, attitudes of college youth.

Item 3: Roethke, Theodore, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: September 28Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 6 pages.

Seattle. Sends her a reprint of The lost son. He has read with Robert Lowell at Breadloaf, and is now on the Olympia Peninsula. He admires the land but feels isolated. He sends her a poem to be placed between The long alley and The shape of the fire, in [The lost son?]. Considers her advice on dropping notes, adding information to jacket.

Item 4: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: November 21Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 9 pages.

Dublin. Recounts his recent London trip with Jack Yeats, favorite travel sites.

Item 5: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: July 31Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Discusses her criticism of The pink church [poem], noting his distrust of a militant church and religious action to right social wrongs. Commends her view that he has underrated Paterson's labor problems.

Item 6: Richardson, Dorothy, to Deutsch, Babette, 1947: December 6Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 4 pages.

[Cornwall.] Thanks Deutsch for her Rilke book [Poems from The book of hours, [1947]]. Comments on Deutsch's appraisal of herself as a materialist.

Folder 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1948: January 15Add to your cart.

Autogrpahed letter signed, 4 pages.

Dublin.Describes Christmas holiday in Kerry, sympathizes with Avram Yarmolinsky's feeling about Christmas.

Item 2: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1948: January 18Add to your cart.

Autographed Postal Card, 1 page.

Brooklyn, NY. Will send Deutsch a copy of Profile when she is well.

Item 3: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1948: February 22Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 8 pages.

Dublin. Regrets that Irish poetry must now conform to “British Council” standards. He has sent her a Dante article, one of “dozens” of essays which would make “succesful books” had he a publisher. MacGreevy's only poem published in an Irish newspaper, the Irish Statesman, was Godh Ruadh, given to A.E. (George William Russell) after Mrs. W.B. [Yeats] had read it to him. Beckett will be home soon; MacGreevy cannot understand an Irish Protestant's writing in French. Discusses Irish elections, Sean McBride, cabinet candidate.

Item 4: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1948: April 1Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 2 pages.

Dublin. Chides her for calling him Mr. McGreevy [sic], explains Dublin use of first names. Waits for Paradiso note in Deutsch poetry, as he had told James Joyce he waited in Joyce's work. Goethe, Valery had it. Notes that W.B. Yeats used other writers “as grist for his own mill” but “would be at pains never to misrepresent them.” His knowledge of Irish would have been from hearing it spoken by Lady Gregory. Mentions Denis Devlin. Hopes she is wrong in calling MacGreevy anti-British, explains his feeling. He assumes he is not included in Iremonger's Irish anthology with Faber and Faber. Quotes D.L. Kelleher's “The five lesser joys of money,” remarks the new Francis Thompson book, Irish literary “provincialism.”

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Item 1: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1948: May 25Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 2 pages.

Rutherford, NJ. Cannot understand the “obscurity of purpose” of Auden's Age of anxiety. Often finds “little to praise” in his own attempts at poetry, comparing them to “not only the vigor but the sensitiveness to the life in a thousand phases” of Pound's cantos.

Item 2: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1948: September 27Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Dublin. Lists his past months occupations, including his part in the Galway reburial of W.B. Yeats.

Item 3: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1948: September 28Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 4 pages.

Dublin. In answer to her question about Joyce's “ineradicable Catholicism,” MacGreevy says one shouldn't “presume to speak about more than his ineradicable preoccupation with Catholicism.” He does not agree with her view that there is “no radiance” in Ulysses or Finnegans wake. Disputes idea of Irish fascism, said by an Irishman to have come from the Sinn Fein movement. Notes that nationalism is a reaction to imperialism. Berates film Elizabeth and Essex, film portrayal of Hugh O'Neill, notes Ireland holds her own as long as she's berated.

Item 4: Deutsch, Babette, to Williams, William Carlos, 1949: January 23Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

New York. Asks Williams view of a passage in the introduction to Rexroth's anthology, New British poets regarding American objectivism. She questions his list of originators. Asks also if Williams agrees to Rexroth's view that it is the “last gasp of literary cubism.”

Item 5: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1949: January 25Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, appended to Deutsch to Williams, January 23, 1949, 1 page.

[Rutherford, NJ.] Thinks Rexroth's analysis of the Objectivists “silly.” Williams, Oppen, Zukofsky were part of the “To” group from which movement arose as a result of dissatisfaction with Imagism. [Yvor] Winters was not involved.

Item 6: Rexroth, Kenneth to Deutsch, Babette, 1949: January 26Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 2 pages.

San Francisco, CA. Thanks her for kind remarks about British poets anthology. Explains his circumstances on American Objectivism: originally Zukofsky's idea, it emphasized “presentational immediacy,” Eliot's “objective correlative,” Pound's “ideographic method.” Rexroth disliked the “cuckoo land of malice [with] which Pound has always surrounded himself,” withdrew. George Oppen, Zukofsky parted, both unrealized as poets. Rexroth adds to list of influences [Introduction New British Poets] André Salmon, and that of U.S. Gestaltists. Reasserts that objectivism tried to oppose art of the surrealists with “an idiom of objectivity and rational order.” Rexroth had tried to incorporate technical devices of Mallarmé, Rimbaud with medeival Latin chants, thought Stein, Pound inadequate. His prosody owed much to primitive song, savage languages, and could not satisfy a wide audience. Thinks poetry best which is “communicative and personal.” His influences now “Greek, Latin, Chinese verse..., Burns, Landor, Tudor and Jacobean songs, Christina Rossetti.

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Item 1: MacGreevy, Thomas to Deutsch, Babette, 1949: July 18Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 6 pages.

Dublin. Comforts her in a family death. The Padraic Colums visited him. He has been reading a life of Lord Lansdowne, went to a circus.

Item 2: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, [1950?] January 26Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Explains that [The yachts] is in two parts, the picture of the yachts, and the sea of arms. The race is “the last international race for the America's cup,” coming during the depression. Thus “the yachts, the symbols of wealth ride over and crush the human sources of their grace and beauty which supports them.” Notes she may use this.

Item 3: Roethke, Theodore to Deutsch, Babette., 1950: January 23Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Seattle. Explains that letter of Jan. 22, 1948 [in collection] was typed in carbon, shown to K. Burke, later incorporated in preface to Mid-Century American Poets. Assures her he “wasn't just throwing around a letter, a purely personal one, to you.”

Item 4: Rexroth, Kenneth to Deutsch, Babette, 1950: August 22Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

San Francisco. Thinks poems in Take them, stranger are good, have “lucidity, control of the medium and the mind of the poet...”

Item 5: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1950: November 10Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn, NY. Commends poem just appearing in the N.Y. Herald Tribune, thanks her for sending the newspaper.

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Item 1: Williams, William Carlos to Deutsch, Babette, 1950: December 18Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Thanks her for a review, notes that her discovery of the omission of a section of the Collected Later Poems “floored me.” Perhaps these, others are contained in the Selected poems

Item 2: Williams, William Carlos to Deutsch, Babette, 1951: January 4Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Laughlin [James Laughlin, New Directions editor] is printing a “signature,” 14-16 pages, to include poems omitted in Collected Later Poems [New Directions, 1950] these will appear in remaining unbound 2500 copies. He is working on his autobiography, “A strange experience.”

Item 3: Williams, William Carlos to Deutsch, Babette, 1951: March 2Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 4 pages.

Rutherford, NJ. “Never look for exact symbolism in me. Kra is for anything elemental, even diabolical...” Williams, like Allen Tate, liked Tolson's Ode for Liberia in Poetry [1950]. Discusses use of the sea in a poem: “we come out into the sea but [we must] turn around and strike into the land again.” Prefers first part of book IV [Paterson], likes “the old bitch facing the little Paterson nurse...” “Nobody else loves her but me: and Theocritus.” Dissatisfied with nudes of girl. Discusses characters of Gurlie Flynn, John Johnson, who killed the judge. “War: stupidity... There is nothing, nothing but the imagination (whatever that is).” Closing on page 2, letter continued on numbered pages 3 and 4.

Item 4: Williams, William Carlos to Deutsch, Babette, 1951: March 9Add to your cart.

Autographed Postal Card signed.

Rutherford, NJ. “...Williams faults not reckless.”

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Item 1: Williams, William Carlos to Deutsch, Babette, 1951: May 4Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Getting along. Speech is a little thick but that beside it moves.” He is speaking on May 25.

Item 2: Williams, William Carlos to Deutsch, Babette, 1952: March 3Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Praises [Poetry in our time, Holt, 1952]. “I like its positiveness... It does not waver... I like that but gently, smoothly.”

Item 3: Rexroth, Kenneth, to Deutsch, Babette, 1952: June 16Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 3 pages.

Sequoia National Park. Unlike “posturing” of New Criticism, many “partisan and tedious” explanations of modern poetry, [Poetry in our time] is “a fine book, very judicious.” Quarrels with omission of Kenneth Patchen, proletarian poets (mentions Magill, Potamkin, Gold, others). Feels movement failed. “Why has the promise of a whole generation just been blotted out by the respectable and academics?” Opposite occurred in France: Prevert, Eluard sell well, “idiom is well established... Only some aged crone... would read anybody like the people who appear in the Kenyon and Partisan Reviews...” “...there lexists [in America] a sort of poetic underground of the unpublishable... who write like Amy Lowell and for Carl Sandburg... sure don't write like Cal [Robert] Lowell.” Only the Kenyon Review contributors read the journal. Rexroth reads this modern poetry (William Barnes, Landor) more than that of T.S. Eliot or Wallace Stevens, French poetry all the time. Prefers “great Greeks and Romans.

Item 4: Rexroth, Kenneth, to Deutsch, Babette, 1952: August 13Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed,  1 page.

San Francisco. Thinks Tale of Genji probably “the greatest work of prose fiction ever written.” “...pretty comic... But as you read on you will discover that it is a religious novel of the most profound import...” “Perhaps it has played a role in my life similar to that played by the Gospels or Capital in the lives of disagreeable people.”

Item 5: Rexroth, Kenneth, to Deutsch, Babette, 1952: September 3Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

San Francisco. Comments on Genji, notes his own dissatisfaction with Proust. Asks Deutsch to review 14 poems of O.V.L.-Milosz [published as 23 poems of O.V. Lubicz-Milosz, Peregrene Press, 1952], a practice he dislikes. Has just read a review in Mandrake of Brooks on poetry, summarizing Brooks. “Very handy to have - I disagree with every word of it.”

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Item 1: Rexroth, Kenneth, to Deutsch, Babette, 1952: September 17Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 4 pages.

San Francisco. He has been sent Deutsch book to review [Poetry in our time] and “very subtilely I will controvert Comrat Ciardi.” Rexroth's book is being done by a local typographer, H.H. Evans [23 poems...?]. Rexroth is himself anti-Bolshevik, sees his poetry as “another nail in the coffin of`moribund society...' ” But he feels defeated in this, would join the Communist party before joining “the leaders of American Fascism.” (Caroline Gordon, Philip Rahv, Robert Penn Warren) Admires Deutsch because of her husband - “that he is still there I mean.” Has received Peter Viereck poems: “...he is the loudest man in the Stars and Stripes forever band of Political Sousaism..."

Item 2: Roethke, Theodore to Deutsch, Babette, 1952: October 9Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 4 pages.

Saginaw, MI. Commends [Poetry in our time]. “It's so far superior to the other books of its kind that there is no comparison.” Roethke is incensed at Ciardi's remarks in the Times, but “I still think you give a bit too much to certain `Key' figures, particularly Ez[ra Pound] and Tiresome Tom [T.S. Eliot]. Roethke's [Praise to the end!?] sold only 550 copies, in spite of press. He will consider adopting Deutsch book for classes.

Item 3: Aiken, Conrad to Deutsch, Babette, 1952: October 17Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Brewster, MA. Thanks her for writing him about his book [Ushant: an essay, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1952?]. She is not alone in disliking the style; he “can cheerfully admit to having had misgivings about it...”

Item 4: Rexroth, Kenneth to Deutsch, Babette, 1952: October 28Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

San Francisco. eared Deutsch might think his review of [Poetry in our time] vulgar, he wants only to sell the book. He first reviewed books in the Chicago Post while he was in high school. Journalese easy to lapse into: Hecht, Samuel Putnam do, Rexroth's voice on the radio the same that “used to come into the City News Bureau from a speakeasy phone.” Rexroth made a living “reading poetry from a soapbox when I was in my first long pants,” and he was also a pitchman.

Item 5: Rexroth, Kenneth to Deutsch, Babette, 1952: November 7Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

San Francisco. Disparages lack of “literary journalists,” apparently in answer to Deutsch complaint about a review of her book in Saturday Review. Rexroth's issue of Perspectives is done except for reviews. J[ames] L[aughlin] allows one poet an issue. “It is...a reprint medium."

Item 6: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1952: November  20Add to your cart.

Typed Postal Card.

Brooklyn, NY.  Quotes Ephesians 6: 23.

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Item 1: Rexroth, Kenneth, to Deutsch, Babette, 1952: December 1Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

San Francisco. as read Partisan Review article on Leslie Stephen by Virginia Woolf. “Silly stuff.” She “...was a poor guide to her father's personality.” Thinks he is Post War generation, thinks Kenneth Burke, R.P. Blackmur “silly fustian.” Will send Deutsch a copy of In what hour.

Item 2: MacGreevy, Thomas to Deutsch, Babette, 1952: December 14Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Dublin. Replies to her letter [possibly concerning election of Eisenhower]. He lost faith in Liberals after WW II. Comments on his sister, who has recently died.

Item 3: Moore, Marianne to Deutsch, Babette, 1953: August 15Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Brookline, MA. She was probably referring to Mr. Steiglitz in “that piece about the wedge,” which Deutsch complimented.

Item 4: Moore, Marianne to Deutsch, Babette, 1953: August 23Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Brooklyn. Miss Moore feels “most of the work [her new book] is only half good.” Deutsch has apparently asked her to write something concerning Homage to John Skelton, which she will do. Of Deutsch's work: “Where you keep strictly within your idiosyncracies and characteristic temperament... you prepossess me every time... when you verge on somebody else's manner I become nervous and forget the note of individuality you've sounded."

Item 5: Moore, Marianne to Graham, Elliott, 1953: December 25Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn. “If I am not exhilarated by Homage to John Skelton may I have `a frost-bitten thumb that can pick up no crumb'...”

Folder 15Add to your cart.
Item 1: Rexroth, Kenneth, to Deutsch, Babette, 1954: May 25Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

San Francisco. He has reviewed her book for the Herald Tribune [Animal, vegetable, mineral, Dutton, 1954]. Commends its “depth of beauty and wisdom...” Louise Bogan has “...the unmistakable accent... gripping is the word.” Thinks little of Leonie Adams work: “managing only to be cranky when experimental.” He is not applying for a grant renewal: “I don't like asking people for such letters at all.”

Item 2: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1954: November 21Add to your cart.

Typed Postal Card.

Rutherford, NJ. ommends her poem to Dylan Thomas in Yale Review “or Yale Literary Magazine.” Asks if she'll start a salon.

Item 3: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1955: March 10Add to your cart.

Autographed Postal Card, signed.

Brooklyn. Thanks Deutsch for a [print?]. “If I ever get to Boston and can choose, I shall explore that Museum...”

Item 4: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1955: August 8Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Dublin. He has only one meeting with Wallace Stevens [who Deutsch has told him has died]; MacGreevy had to leave but “it remained a shining wonder of a visit.” He did not know he was in Samuel Putnam's book, recounts a meeting.

Item 5: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1955: October 24Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. That you have enjoyed the [Williams'] poems means much to me.” Friends react unpredictably to poems. Asks her to see Arts for Williams article on Brancusi.

Folder 16Add to your cart.
Item 1: MacGreevy, Thomas to Deutsch, Babette, 1955: December 14Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

Dublin. Sends holiday greeting to her and husband Avrahm Yarmolinsky, children. Recounts his Italian trip. He was Wallace Stevens only Tom MacGreevy: Stevens had sent him poems, visited in New York. MacGreevy comments on friendship.

Item 2: MacGreevy, Thomas to Deutsch, Babette, 1955: December 31Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 2 pages.

Dublin. Wallace Stevens sent two poems to MacGreevy in 1948 or 1949, Our stars came from Ireland and Auroras of autumn. “My feeling is that my poems made him think of his own boyhood.”

Item 3: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1956: January 27Add to your cart.

Autographed postal card, signed.

Brooklyn. Deutsch has agreed to substitute for Miss Moore at a “college evening.” “I can't do it; am not reliable...” She would talk about the artist's difficulties but “seem self-impeded in all senses.”

Item 4: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1956: July 8Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Williams is glad to be included in the revision of [Poetry in our time, Columbia University Press, 1956]?, pleased at her “courage and persistance [sic]”.

Item 5: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1956: July 12Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Gives Deutsch permission to use a poem later to appear in a New Directions book, will waive royalties as other poets do so.

Folder 17Add to your cart.
Item 1: Rexroth, Kenneth, to Deutsch, Babette, c.1956: September 6Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

San Francisco. Gives permission to quote six lines from Prolegomen on to a theodicy. Rexroth's wife has left him for Robert Creely; Rexroth is concerned about the care of the children, needs work.

Item 2: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1956: Ocotber 25Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn. She will have dinner with [Columbia University] faculty, read, on Dec. 12.

Item 3: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1956: November 2Add to your cart.

Typed Postal Card signed.

Brooklyn. Finds Poetry in our time [Columbia University Press, 1956] entertaining and a great help.

Item 4: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1956: November 18Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Brooklyn. Deutsch may use anything Miss Moore has said about Poetry in our time. She is unsure about dinner and reading.

Item 5: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1956: November 28Add to your cart.

Autographed Postal Card signed.

Brooklyn. Arranges route to reading.

Folder 18Add to your cart.
Item 1: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1957: January 19Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Williams cannot attend Poetry Society dinner at which Deutsch is receiving a prize. Asks her to thank Elizabeth Jennings for her kind words about Williams.

Item 2: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1957: April 13Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn. Glad to have the Rilke [Poems from the book of hours]. Bloomingdale's would not let her credit a refund to Deutsch account.

Item 3: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1957: May 19Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Brooklyn. A set of Coleridge has come. She awaits the Poetry Handbook [A dictionary of terms, Funk, 1956], sends a list of bookstores for it. Thanks her again for Coleridge.

Item 4: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1957: June 8Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn. Values emendations [made by Deutsch in Moore poems?]. She is glad to have met [Avrahm] Yarmolinsky.

Item 5: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1957: June 10Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. “Your really super poem...seems to me the equal to anything I have read in recent years.”

Item 6: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1957: June 24Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Williams has heard from “that leach E.S.,” whose verse he disparages. Williams name appears on E.S.' book, though without his permission. He is delighted to get Deutsch's Poetry Handbook. He is waiting for Hudson Review to publish a story.

Folder 19Add to your cart.
Item 1: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1957: July 1Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn. The [Poetry] Handbook “seems better than ever.” “Difficult compression is gathered into very small compass - not to mention lucidity...” Offers testimony for Funk and Wagnalls.

Item 2: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1957: July 5Add to your cart.

Typed letter, 1 page.

Brooklyn. She is correcting misprints in a book of her poems. She has again written to Funk and Wagnalls. “I just wish I could contribute anything solid like the Handbook.

Item 3: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1957: July 6Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Preface [to Poetry handbook] is fine. “Your advice to the beginner is more in accord with my line.” “The silent hours of skilled attention which you devotedly served is saluted by one poet at least with gratitude.” New Directions anthology contains his “lost or mislaid poems.”

Item 4: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1957: July 9Add to your cart.

Type letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Disagrees with her comments on measure in [Poetry handbook]. “Measure... is the generic term. All verse starts with measure after which comes foot."

Item 5: Roethke, Theodore, to Deutsch, Babette, 1957: September 2Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Seattle. He is enclosing a reprint of Words for the wind. They have not been set to music, though Chester Kallman praised them. Thanks her for Poetry handbook. Beatrice [Roethke] was hospitalized for tuberculosis.

Folder 20Add to your cart.
Item 1: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1957: November 18Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn. Needs “longevity stationery, and patience on the part of friends...” since adventures in the west. Discussed [Poetry] handbook there.

Item 2: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1957: December 22Add to your cart.

Autographed Postal Card signed.

Brooklyn. Christmas greetings.

Item 3: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1957: December 26Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 4 pages.

Dublin. She and MacGreevy's friend, Brian O'Doherty, are abusing him for writing neither letters nor poems. His work keeps him too busy. Stevens regarded him as his best correspondent. His own letters to [Bernard] Berenson are infrequent. He has sent Stevens letters to Morse? in Hartford, is looking for others. He has heard the Essen opera company in Die Walküre. He saw Beckett in Paris in October, and was in London in November where his sister was decorated by the Queen. He recommends a new French edition La Bible de Jerusalem.

Item 4: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1958: January 3Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 2 pages.

Rutherford, NJ. He is working on Paterson 5. He also finds inconsistencies in Paterson “...the movement within the theme...didn't brook much thought about it.” The image of the shark, Book 4 concerns “everything in the world of our thoughts which is beyond them and inimical to them.” “Home” equals “home free.” Paterson 5 was necessary because coming “home” was inadequate. Williams is convinced that “man can know nothing.” Emily Dickinson wanted to belong, but poems showed ridiculousness of this.

Item 5: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1958: January 22Add to your cart.

Autographed Postal Card, signed.

Brooklyn. “That explosion may lengthen my life.”

Folder 21Add to your cart.
Item 1: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1958: January 28Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Brooklyn. Thanks her for stockings, which will replace a pair she had for 15 years, “speckled dull, cocoa silk mercerized sort of gauze stockings which I conservingly wore only on presentation at court occasions...”

Item 2: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1958; June 11Add to your cart.

Autographed Postal Card signed.

Brooklyn. She plans to visit an invalid friend in Boston, will try to see Deutsch. “Sisters of Charity and travellers with a mission, eat up my time.”

Item 3: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1958: June 25Add to your cart.

Autographed Postal Card signed.

Brooklyn. She will see Deutsch, comments disapprovingly on Sherman Adams investigations.

Item 4: Moore, Marianne to Deutsch, Babette and [Avrahm] Yarmolinsky, 1958: June 28Add to your cart.

Autographed Postal Card signed, 2.

Brooklyn. Thanks Yarmolinsky for hospitality. Thinks she was “a little too graphic” about her western trip. Sends Dr. Yarmolinsky citation for First love and Rudin [Turgenev] with translator's note.

Item 5: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1958: November 12Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn. Thanks Deutsch for a gift sent from the shore. “I am glad you throve, despite your services rendered, and found the western food good.”

Folder 22Add to your cart.
Item 1: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1958: December 18Add to your cart.

Autographed Postal Card signed.

Brooklyn. [Deutsch has sent or shown her sketches]. “The calligraphic animals are a triumph.” Comments on a phrase of R.P. Blackmur.

Item 2: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1959: January 23Add to your cart.

Autographed Postal Card signed.

Brooklyn. Moore has suffered “a kind of near-stroke that affected my throat and speaking.” Is restricted to her rooms.

Item 3: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1959: March 18Add to your cart.

Autographed Postal Card signed.

Brooklyn. Praises magazine, C[olumbia] Univ[ersity] Forum.

Item 4: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1959: May 14Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Comments favorably on poems in [Coming of Age: New and selected poems]: Earliness at the cape, small colored boy on the subway, and Rilke and Pushkin translations.

Item 5: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1959: July 11Add to your cart.

Autographed Postal Card signed.

Brooklyn. Comments on errors in a review of [Coming of age].

Item 6: Aiken, Conrad, to Deutsch, Babette, 1959: September 16Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Brewster, MA. A Hy Sobiloff poem is missing from the collection [In the deepest aquarium: poems?] which Aiken had read in text, and had commented on in report on the book, later used as a preface. Of Deutsch's poems: “...are somehow just not my cup of tea -- a blindness perhaps.”

Folder 23Add to your cart.
Item 1: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1959: September 20Add to your cart.

Autographed Postal Card signed.

Brooklyn. Comments on a Vermeer; thanks her for continuing to like Moore's review of Coming of age in the New Yorker.

Item 2: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1960: February 13Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 6 pages.

Dublin. He is pleased that Deutsch and Avrahm Yarmolinsky are coming to Europe. Suggests she come to Dublin after Padraic [Colum] returns, since he can introduce her to literary figures MacGreevy cannot. His friends, “however sympathetic, are not `in the movement.' ” Discusses background of Moments, his poem concerning music and the arts. He thinks Brian O'Doherty's silence is a result of his being in love. Notes Samuel Beckett deplored MacGreevy's tendency to “lapse too easily into iambics.” Wallace Stevens letters have been returned

Item 3: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1960: April 12Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Dublin. Envies Deutsch, her trip to Israel, hopes some day to be able to write about his discovery of Italy, recounts some anecdotes of his Italian visits.

Item 4: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1960: May 10Add to your cart.

Autographed Postal Card signed.

Heidelberg, Germany. [Deutsch has sent her a card of a mosaic] which Moore comments on. “First holiday in 30 years.”

Folder 24Add to your cart.
Item 1: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1960: September 6Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. She is mistaken in thinking he called the variable foot new, urges her to read him again.

Item 2: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1960: Decmeber 14Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 4 pages.

Dublin. His study of Poussin “implies some questioning of current values” and will “be ignored or cold shouldered.” “With it I run the risk of being considered a bigoted papist and Irish nationalist.” Deutsch understands it; he feels W.B. [Yeats] would have done so also. Recounts a dream; notes Stevens said he did not use things that came to him in his sleep.

Item 3: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, 1961: February 1Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Congratulates her on recovering from pneumonia. “In my present condition that would have been the end of me.” Laughlin is bringing out five plays and a short story reprint. Williams is with a new doctor who “...may get me to Paul[?] Zukofsky's at Carnegie Hall Feb. 3.”

Item 4: Moore, Marianne to Deutsch, Babette, 1961: May 1Add to your cart.

Typed Postal Card, signed.

Brooklyn. She has received “an irresistible tiny starfish” from Florida. Liked Deutsch review of Turgenef's letters. Remarks compliments paid her for the stockings Deutsch gave her.

Item 5: Moore, Marianne to Deutsch, Babette, 1961: July 12Add to your cart.

Typed Postal Card signed.

Brooklyn. Commends the journal, [Columbia University] Forum.

Folder 25Add to your cart.
Item 1: MacGreevy, Thomas to Deutsch, Babette, 1962: October 24Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 6 pages.

Discusses Deutsch's A view of the Piazza [poem]. "Anyhow, the poem is an evocation not a statement. Surely Mallarmé would approve." Brian Coffey's poetry is now being recognized in Dublin. Comments on a radio reading by Tom Kinsella, religious affairs.

Item 2: Moore, Marianne to Deutsch, Babette, 1963: March 5Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn. She has received Poetry in our time (Anchor Books, 1963), "...a most nutritive book." "All I can do is carry a hod or guide a donkey- (myself)."

Item 3: Bishop, Elizabeth to Deutsch, Babette, 1963: July 10Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rio de Janeiro. She is delighted to have “your new book” [Poetry in our time]. “I think it must be a great deal harder to re-write a whole book like that than to write an entirely new one...” “Brazil is so broke I can't imagine what they're going to do next...” Her translations of Brazilian poetry will appear in October Poetry. Takes exception to Deutsch remarks on Edith Sitwell.

Item 4: Moore, Marianne to Deutsch, Babette, 1963: October 20Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn. Is glad to have Collected Poems [Indiana Univ. Press, 1963].

Item 5: Moore, Marianne to Deutsch, Babette, 1964: February 18Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn. Deutsch has sent a student's comment which pleases Moore “if it is true...for I am chaffed constantly about being self-entwined and making comprehension a test of ingenuity.” Moore is “impounded for observation” for high blood pressure.

Item 6: Deutsch Babette. Note appended to Moore, Marianne to Deutsch, Babette., 1964: c. February 20 February 18Add to your cart.
Autographed note. Would send Moore books if they were not forbidden, remarks Moore's “extravagant gratitude for trinkets? or tokens of regard...”
Folder 26Add to your cart.
Item 1: Moore, Marianne to Deutsch, Babette, 1964: February 22Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn. “Am foundering with work, not ill and should be sent nothing."

Item 2: Moore, Marianne to Deutsch, Babette, 1964: November 30Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn. Moore has forbidden the soliciting of tributes to her. “Close to suicide by the exhorting of tributes to known and unknown contemporaries all through 1963-4.” “How irresistible your elegance is.”

Item 3: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1965: February 2Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

Dublin. Sympathizes with troubles of Adam [Yarmolinsky?], physical and political. “We live in the most ingnominious century since history began.” Asks how good a poet [Louis] MacNeice was; MacGreevy found him a dull talker.

Item 4: Aiken, Conrad, to Deutsch, Babette, 1965: March 14Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Savannah, GA. Criticizes a poem she has sent, does not agree with her on comments about poets “perhaps with the exception of WCW---this is like, and the reference to his funeral poem much to the point.”

Item 5: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1965: May 30Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn. She has found Lament for the makers [poem]. “Am grateful - moved to the soul...”

Folder 27Add to your cart.
Item 1: Moore, Marianne, to Deutsch, Babette, 1965: June 6Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Brooklyn. Charmed” by “elegant” translation of a poem sent her by Deutsch. “The mundane Penguin [sic] takes on irredescence.”

Item 2: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1965: August 15Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Dublin. MacGreevy thinks he told poet James MacAuley to send his book to Deutsch; now finds a copy at his bedside. He may also have told poet Brian Coffey to send her his Mallarmé Dice translation. Perhaps if MacGreevy had read the existentialists he “would have more understanding of some of the youngsters” [including Coffey]. He didn't love Sartre enough long ago in Paris to want to read him... little Simone Weill had me so persecuted with questions that I haven't been tempted to read her either.”

Item 3: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1965: December 8Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 4 pages.

Dublin. A Yeats exhibition was held at the National Gallery. [Paul] Engle lectured recently at the American Embassy, reading a poem about John Kennedy. He has not seen Schlesinger's book on Kennedy, but thinks “the world instinct is to see him in a kind of effulgence.” Comments on his health.

Item 4: Deutsch, Babette to Ridgeway, Ann N, 1965: December 27Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page with envelope.
Item 5: Deutsch, Babette to Ridgeway, Ann N., 1965: December 28Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page with enclosure and envelope.
Item 6: Moore, Marianne to Deutsch, Babette., 1966: April 22Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 1 page.

New York. Remarks Two centuries of Russian verse: “What care and experience and varied rhythms.”

Folder 28Add to your cart.
Item 1: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, no date: January 23Add to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Rutherford, NJ. Comments on Vivenne Koch biography [William Carlos Williams, New Directions [1950]]. She did not consult him; he saw only rough draft which he pencilled extensively. “As a biography it is, I'm afraid, unsatisfactory - even false. I'm sure in many instances in its interpretation of individual pieces... I give you my permission to rip the book to shreds only I don't think you should quote this letter.”

Item 2: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, no date: March 24Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 4 pages.

Rutherford, NJ. Notes he has no proofs of unspecified book, and that “Van Vechten is a grand printer and friend...” who will have the book by April.

Item 3: Williams, William Carlos, to Deutsch, Babette, no date: AugustAdd to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Discusses [Choral:] The pink church. He is not a red, but pink: “the pink of life, of a pink cheek...” The poem is “anti-Catholic, anti all that the Bible damnation theorizes.. Servitus...is my saint...I particularly detest Eliot, the Catholic Church and the Dictatorship not of the Proletariat but of such rats as Stalin and all his kind.” Thinks The pink church fails, “It is, however a protest poem...against palpable abuses against reason.

Item 5: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, 1966: Easter MondayAdd to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

Dublin. He has received Coming of age...“a noble achievement...” Regards her as “a great literary personage...” Thinks many poets do not avoid “being self-consciously poetic...” Deutsch may have brought MacGreevy nearer to poetry again; although he had “intellectually accepted poetry as the most essential truth,” he had felt removed from it.

Item 6: Roethke, Theodore, to Deutsch, Babette, 1966: October 24Add to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 4 pages.

Seatlle. Deutsch should by now have [his] book. Roethke wishes he could “read and work for about five years at this point, instead of having the hoorah and hullabaloo of teaching...” Thinks he may “collapse into matrimony around 50.” He is Winterset Rothberg of Last class, appearing in Botteghe Oscure V [1950].

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Item 1: MacGreevy, Thomas, to Deutsch, Babette, no dateAdd to your cart.

Autographed greeting card signed.

[On card with printed Margaret Clark painting of Harlequin and Columbine]. “I don't think Harlequin's hands and foots are mine only the head but that was forty years ago."

Item 2: Rexroth, Kenneth, to Deutsch, Babette, no dateAdd to your cart.

Autographed letter signed, 2 pages.

San Francisco. Distinguishes between a Milosz [whom Deutsch may have mentioned] and poet O.V. Lubicz-Milosz. Rexroth is angry at the anti-Stalinists, who are turning him toward “an attitude of passivity if not sympathy” with the Communist Party; remarks a Commentary editorial. Berates Poetry: “Miss Monroes epigones will claim to have `first published' even me.”

Item 3: Roethke, Theodore, to Deutsch, Babette, no dateAdd to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Seattle. He has spent the summer finishing the third book, editing an issue of Poetry for Karl Shapiro. He is touched at her comment that “the long pieces came through...more completely on subsequent readings.”

Series 2: Collected Poems of Babette DeutschAdd to your cart.
New York: Doubleday and Company, 1969.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Typescript, with printed inserts, occasional manuscript correctionsAdd to your cart.
207 pages
Folder 34: Miscellaneous emorande, includes list noting page proof corrections signed by Miss Deutsch, note from J. Leach, editor, commenting on listAdd to your cart.
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Folder 31: Galley proof, with manuscript. notations in hand of author, text revisions on galleys 4, 15, 61.Add to your cart.
70 galleys
Folder 32: Galley proof, initialed BD top right, dated 11/8/68. Labeled reader's setAdd to your cart.
89 galleys
Folder 33: Page proof on galley, manuscript queries and comments in hand of the author on galleys 19, 26, 30, 41, 3, 5, 8, 13, 52, 60, 61, 63, 66, 71, 73, 78, 82, 86Add to your cart.
89 galleys
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Consists of clipped book reviews of Deutsch's books, 1929-1970. 427 items. Arranged chronologically.
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