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Release Press Archive (MSS098)


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Release Press Publications

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Title: Release Press Archive (MSS098), 1975-1983Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1975-1983


Primary Creator: Release Press

Extent: 18.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 11/01/1986

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Release Press Archives include material relating to all but two of the books published by the Release Press. Included are correspondence, manuscripts, editorial matter, business records, and ephemeral material. Also included are copies of all but two of the published works put out by the Release Press.

Collection Historical Note

The Release Press was founded in 1975 by Alan Ziegler (a poet), Larry Zirlin (a printer), and Harry Greenberg (an editor); they were also responsible for publishing SOME magazine, which they operated from 1972-1975. Release Press, which was run out of the homes of the editors in New York City, published its last book in 1983. The Release Press was interested in publishing first collections by emerging poets and prose writers, overlooked books by established writers, good manuscripts which had not been picked up by larger publishers, and unique books, such as collaborative works, by established writers. During its eight year run, The Release Press produced 15 books and several broadsides, including work by Jack Anderson, Philip Graham, Harry Greenberg, Karen Hubert, Bill Knott, John Love, Paul Oppedisano, B. Pelasi, Gay Phillipps, Steven Schrader, Terry Stokes, Ross Talarico, James Tate, John Yau, Alan Ziegler, Harry Zirlin, and Larry Zirlin.

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 Source: Purchased from George Robert Minkoff, Inc.

Acquisition Method: Accession number 1705

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

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Release Press Publications],
[Series 3: Unpublished Manuscripts],
[Series 4: Miscellaneous Publishing or Layout Material],
[Series 5: Submissions and Related Correspondence],
[Series 6: Business Material],
[Series 7: Miscellany],

Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence to the Release Press editors from various writers, including letters from authors published by the Release Press concerning their books. Also included is correspondence from Louisa Solano of the Grolier Book Shop to the Release Press. The correspondence spans 1973 to 1983.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Bill Knott Correspondence, Folder 1, 1974-1977Add to your cart.
Correspondence, both personal and business, from Bill Knott. Much of the correspondence is related to publication of Knott's book Rome in Rome and a James Tate-Bill Knott collaborative novella, Lucky Darryl. Knott was upset that Tate had submitted the manuscript for publication, claiming he had not been consulted on the decision, and many of the letters concern his feud with Tate. circa 31 items
Sub-Series 2: Russell Edson Correspondence, Folder 2, 1973-1980Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Russell Edson to Larry Zirlin and Release Press. Circa 18 items
Sub-Series 3: James Tate Correspondence, Folder 3, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Correspondence, personal and business, from James Tate. Some of the correspondence concerns publication of the James Tate-Bill Knott collaborative novella, Lucky Darryl, and the animosity which developed between the two.
Sub-Series 4: Jack Anderson Correspondence, Folder 4, 1974-1983Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Jack Anderson to Larry Zirlin and the Release Press. This correspondence concerns the publication of Anderson's City Joys and Selected Poems. 13 items
Sub-Series 5: Philip Graham Correspondence, Folder 5a, 1978 and no dateAdd to your cart.
Correspondence from Philip Graham. Many of these letters concern publication of Graham's book, The Vanishings. 15 items
Sub-Series 6: Grolier Book Shop Correspondence, Folder 5b, 1974-1983Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Louisa Solano of the Grolier Book Shop to Harry Greenberg and Larry Zirlin. The correspondencemainly concerns the sales and display of Release Press books, and the James Tate-Bill Knott controversy.

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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Release Press Publications],
[Series 3: Unpublished Manuscripts],
[Series 4: Miscellaneous Publishing or Layout Material],
[Series 5: Submissions and Related Correspondence],
[Series 6: Business Material],
[Series 7: Miscellany],

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