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Constance Urdang Papers (MSS119)

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Correspondence

Material Toward Books

Manuscripts by Urdang

Miscellany



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Constance Urdang Papers (MSS119), 1940-1983 | MSS Manuscripts

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Title: Constance Urdang Papers (MSS119), 1940-1983Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1940-1983

ID: MSS/MSS/119

Primary Creator: Urdang, Constance, 1922-

Extent: 9.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Constance Urdang Papers include a nearly complete collection of manuscript and editorial material toward all of her published books. These materials include typescript drafts of entire books as well as drafts of individual poems. A number of Urdang's journals and notebooks are also present. The collection also contains drafts of translations by Urdang and the drafts of two unpublished novels. The Urdang Papers are completed by a small yet significant collection of her business, personal, and literary correspondence.

Collection Historical Note

Constance Urdang, a native of New York City, was a writer who achieved critical success as a poet and novelist and academic success as a teacher of writing. She did her undergraduate studies at Smith College. Following her graduation, Urdang worked for some years as a military intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of the Army and as an editor for several New York publishers.

Urdang returned to school in 1954 and in 1956 she received her MFA in writing from the University of Iowa. In 1960, Urdang and her husband, the poet Donald Finkel, came to Washington University where they taught in and co-directed the graduate Writers’ Program. Urdang’s first association with Washington University came in 1974, when she served as an instructor in advanced exposition in University College in Arts and Sciences and in the Writing Workshops for Women program in the School of Continuing Education. She also coordinated the Writers’ Program from its inception in 1977 until 1989. From 1989-90, Urdang was a lecturer in English, and in 1991, she taught in University College.

In 1965, Urdang’s first collection of poems, Charades and Celebrations, was published and four years later her only novel, Natural History, appeared. Urdang wrote seven additional collections of poetry after her novel, The Picnic in the Cemetery (1975), The Lone Woman and Others (1980), Only the World (1983), Lucha (1986), American Earthquakes (1988), The Woman Who Read Novels and Peacetime (1990), and Alternative Lives (1990). Among other awards, she received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1976.

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.)

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

Other Note: Additional material was added to the Constance Urdang Papers in 2008, not yet listed on this finding aid. Please contact the Manuscript Department for more information.


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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Material Toward Books],
[Series 3: Manuscripts by Urdang],
[Series 4: Miscellany],
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Series 3: Manuscripts by UrdangAdd to your cart.
Consists of drafts of poems, translations, journals, notebooks, prose pieces, interview and audiotape by Urdang.
Sub-Series 1: PoemsAdd to your cart.
Consists of drafts of poems by Urdang, arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 31-32Add to your cart.
Item 1: Adonais in Autumn, 1938: SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 2: After the pain, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 3: Afternoon: West 38th Street, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 4: All I have kept, all the winds whistled, the waves chanted (first line), 1940Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 5: All-night diner, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 6: Anecdote of the moth, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 7: Anecdote on the roof, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 8: Angle of refraction, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, light revision, 1 page. Published in Epoch, 1957
Item 9: At the poetry reading, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, light revision, 1 page. Published in New American Review
Item 10: Ballad of the crook and the holy man, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 11: Ballad of the horsemen of Guerrero, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, light revision, 2 pages
Item 12: Bank Street, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 13: The brothersAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 14: Carved polychrome with 3 figures, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 15: Celestial map: winter, northern hemisphere, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, light revision, 1 page. Published in Perspective
Item 16: "A chacun son infini", 1942Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 17: Chesapeake Bay, 1944: June (Summer)Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 18: A Christmas wreath for Carr, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], light revision, 2 pages
Item 19: The clouds, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, light revision, 1 page
Item 20: Crepuscule: Rockefeller Center, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 21: The day the houses sank, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, moderate revision, 1 page
Item 22: Delmar and Euclid, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 23: Desert landscape, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 24: The dialogue between man and woman, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 25: Didactic song, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 26: Diner by candlelight, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 27: Do you hear it when the litanies of twilight (first line), 1940: June 27Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 28: Epilogue to last summer, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Published in Furioso (Fall 1942)
Item 29: Eve, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 30: Evelyn Foley's baby, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 31: Evening serenade, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Originally laid in back of notebook 1; recto contains draft of For Sophie Mereau [poem].
Item 32: Evening song, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages
Item 33: Exhortation to the poets, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 34: The face behind the window, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 35: Football Saturday, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 36: For a very old lady, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 37: For Sophie Mereau, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages. Recto contains draft of Evening serenade [poem]
Item 38: The fury, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 39: Gethsemane, 1939: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 40: Girl carrying a pineapple, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 41: The hound on the scent, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 42: How to do it, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 43: How to live, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 44: I and you, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 drafts, 2 pages
Item 45: I have never forgotten (first line), No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 46: Images, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 47: In the garden, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages
Item 48: In the garden, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 2 pages
Item 49: In the nursing-home, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages. One draft originally titled At the nursing-home
Item 50: The Infierno apartments, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages
Item 51: Is the golden phoenix only a bird in a gilded cage?, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 drafts, 2 pages. Published in Burning Deck.
Item 52: It is the wind that grieves, mother, the wind in the leaves, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 53: It never happened, scholars say (first line), No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 54: It's too early now to say goodbye (first line), 1943Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 55: Journey, 1942Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 2 pages
Item 56: The League of Women Voters parades in St. Louis, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 57: Letter to Peter, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 58: Life study, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Originally titled Nature study.
Item 59: Madison Avenue from a bus, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 60: "A miracle is anything we hope for", No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 61: Missives from a captive balloon, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 3 pages
Item 62: The mummies, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 drafts, 2 pages
Item 63: Muse, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 64: My cat with the butterfly eyes, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages
Item 65: Neighbors, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 drafts, 2 pages
Item 66: New England Idyll--Summer, 1941, 1941Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 67: New England winter, 1941Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 68: Newsreel, 1943: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 69: Night train: Washington to New York, 1941Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 70: Nocturne: below Canal Street, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], 2 drafts, 2 pages. Originally titled Nocturne.
Item 71: Notes on the explication of a text, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 2 pages
Item 72: Ode to Mrs. Wolcott Blair, on the occasion of the appearance of her photograph in Harper's Bazaar, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 73: The old woman, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 74: On an old photograph, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 75: On the burning of the Iowa City community center, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page. Published in Perspective (Winter 1955-1956).
Item 76: The only worth, 1939Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 77: Pain, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 78: The parade, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 79: Persistent images, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 80: Peter among the Philistines, 1938Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 81: Pollution, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 82: "Presume no carnage", 1939Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 83: Promise to an unborn child, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 84: Prophecy of fear, 1939Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 85: Reflections, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Published in Epoch (Winter 1957).
Item 86: Rewards and punishment, 1943: AugustAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 87: Rhyme for a horn-book, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 88: The romantic, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 89: Salt, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 90: Seascape with figures, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 91: The secret landscape, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 92: Sermon from a lay pulpit, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages. Published in Furioso (Summer 1947).
Item 93: Simple song of seasons, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages
Item 94: Some splintered garland, 1939Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 95: Song, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Originally titled The birds.
Item 96: The splintered shards of memory are blown (first line), 1939: AprilAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page. Earlier title: You the lovely.
Item 97: Still life, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 98: Street thief, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 99: To pipe the animals aboard Noah's ark, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], 2 pages
Item 100: Toward a new sociology, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 101: A town without statues, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 4 pages
Item 102: Two nuns on Fifth Avenue, 1943Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 103: The two rooms, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 104: Vagrant, 1941: JuneAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 105: The view from Black's hill, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 106: A view of the marginal way, Ogunquit, ME., No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 107: The Virgin Mary and the cherry tree, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 drafts, 2 pages
Item 108: The vision, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 109: A wall of votive paintings, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 110: What has happened, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 111: When the sly sun nudges away soft sleep (first line), No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 112: White night, 1944: January 16Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 113: Who will have faith in us? Who will take up arms to defend! (first line), No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 114: The widow, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 115: The woman in the yard, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Item 116: The woman who breeds fossils, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 117: Women, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 118: Yet on they come, the restless ones, the young (first line), No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page
Sub-Series 2: TranslationsAdd to your cart.
10 items
Folder 33-34Add to your cart.
Item 1: Japanese poetryAdd to your cart.
Anthology edited and translated by Satoru Sato with Constance Urdang; apparently never published.
Item 2: Apollinaire, Guillaume. The hills [poem], No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, light revision. 10 pages. Translation of Les Collines.
Item 3: Juana Ines de la Cruz, Sister. Ballad, in acknowledgement of the praises of European writers (unfinished) [poem], No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 5 pages. Translation of "En reconocimiento por los elogoies de escritores europeos (inacabado)."
Item 4: Valbuena, Bernardo de., The greatness of Mexico [poem], No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], moderate revision, 3 drafts, 19 pages
Item 5: Valbuena, Bernardo de., The greatness of Mexico [poem], No dateAdd to your cart.
7 pages. Translated from the Spanish of Bernardo de Valbuena. Filed in Series. I.2. Business Correspondence with typed letter [carbon] to Lysander Kemp, 1962: February 26
Item 6: Zapata, Luis de., "For the transubstantiation..." [poem], No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Translation of "A la transubstacion..."
Item 7: Zapata, Luis de., Great risk of a gallant in the metaphor of a moth [poem], No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page Translation of "Riesgo grande de un galan en metaforo de mariposa".
Item 8: Zapata, Luis de., To a dead comedienne, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, light revision, 1 page. Translation of "A una comica difunta".
Item 9: Zapta, Luis de., To primal matter, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Translation of "A la materia prima".
Sub-Series 3: JournalsAdd to your cart.
Box 7-8Add to your cart.
Folder 35-40: No date; 1954-1964Add to your cart.
Consists of autograph and typescript journals, kept by Urdang. Some are undated and unbound. 9 items.
Sub-Series 4: ProseAdd to your cart.
Consists of drafts of various essays of literary criticism by Urdang. 9 items.
Folder 41-43Add to your cart.
Item 1: Facts, No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 6 pages
Item 2: Faust in Venice [essay]Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 18 pages. Published in Accent (1958).
Item 3: Criticism and Beliefs [essay], 1955: FebruaryAdd to your cart.
16 pages
Item 4: Language and the poets world: An analysis of In War Time by W.H. Auden [review], 1956: September 25.Add to your cart.
Typescript, typescript [carbon], 26 pags. 2 copies of the same review.
Item 5: [Review of 5 books of poetry] [review], 1956: October 9Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 5 pages
Item 6: [Review of 6 books of poetry] [review]Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 8 pages
Item 7: [Review of anthology] [review]Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 5 pages
Sub-Series 5: InterviewAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 43aAdd to your cart.
Consists of a typescript biography of Urdang and 2 drafts of interview with Urdang. 3 items.
Sub-Series 6: AudiotapeAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 44: 1978: SpringAdd to your cart.
Consists of one 60 minute audiotape of a reading done by Urdang and Donald Finkel at Rolla, Missouri. 1 item.

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