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Donald Finkel Papers (MSS045)

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Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Correspondence

Poems

Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Material toward The Clothing's New Emperor

Material toward Simeon

Material toward A Joyful Noise

Material toward Answer Back

Material toward Garbage Wars

Material toward Adequate Earth

Material toward A Mote in Heaven's Eye

Material towards Going Under/Endurance

Material toward What Manner of Beast

Miscellaneous

Printed Material

Correspondence

Poems

Miscellaneous Manuscript

Material toward Simeon

Material toward A Joyful Noise

Material toward Answer Back

Material toward Garbage Wars

Material toward Adequate Earth

Material toward A Mote in Heaven's Eye

Material toward Going Under/Endurance

Material toward What Manner of Beast

Material toward The Detachable Man

Material toward Selected Shorter Poems

Material toward The Wake of the Electron

Material toward A Splintered Mirror

Material toward Beyond Despair

Miscellaneous

Little Magazines With Contributions by Donald Finkel or Constance Urdang

Little Magazines Without Contributions by Donald Finkel or Constance Urdang

Realia



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Donald Finkel Papers (MSS045), 1947-1983 | MSS Manuscripts

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Title: Donald Finkel Papers (MSS045), 1947-1983Add to your cart.

ID: MSS/MSS/045

Primary Creator: Donald Finkel, 1929-

Extent: 51.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Donald Finkel Papers include his extensive research materials, journals, notes, and heavily revised manuscripts. A large collection of editorial matter toward all of his books and a small, yet revealing professional correspondence with editors and literary colleagues completes the Finkel Papers.

Collection Historical Note

Donald Finkel was an American poet best known for his unorthodox styles. Finkel wrote his poetry in free verse, juxtaposing different subjects against each other. Some of his poetry was extremely lengthy, with single pieces filling a volume. He strayed from abstraction and used common language in his writing. Finkel would interlace his poetry with sections taken from a wide range of works, including the writings of authors including Lenny Bruce, Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Albert Camus and Franz Kafka.

Born in New York, Finkel attended Columbia University, where he was awarded a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1952 and a master's degree in English in 1953. Most of his teaching career has been at Washington University where he helped develop the Writers' Program with his wife, Constance Urdang, but he has also taught at the University of Iowa, Bard College, and Bennington College. Finkel was the poet-in-residence emeritus at Washington University until his death.

Some of Finkel's best-known poems include Answer Back (1968) about Mammoth Cave, Adequate Earth (1972) book of poems about Antarctica, and his 1987 work The Wake of the Electron (1987) which was inspired by the story of sailor Donald Crowhurst, who died in 1969 while competing in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Finkel was sent to Antarctica in 1968, as part of a scientific expedition sponsored by the National Science Foundation to send artists to Antarctica. The subject appeared in his 1978 book, Endurance: An Antarctic Idyll.

The 14 books of poetry and other works he published include Simeon (1964), A Joyful Noise (1966), The Garbage Wars (1970), A Mote in Heaven’s Eye (1975), Endurance: An Antarctic Idyll (1978), Going Under (1978), What Manner of Beast (1981) and Not So the Chairs: Selected and New Poems (2003). He translated A Splintered Mirror: Chinese Poetry From the Democracy Movement with Carolyn Kizer, which was published in 1991.

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 Donld Finkel Papers in 2008, not yet listed on this finding aid. Please contact the Manuscript Department for more information.


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[Series G1-1: Correspondence, 1953-1983],
[Series G1-2: Poems],
[Series G1-3: Miscellaneous Manuscripts],
[Series G1-4: Material toward The Clothing's New Emperor],
[Series G1-5: Material toward Simeon],
[Series G1-6: Material toward A Joyful Noise],
[Series G1-7: Material toward Answer Back],
[Series G1-8: Material toward Garbage Wars],
[Series G1-9: Material toward Adequate Earth],
[Series G1-10: Material toward A Mote in Heaven's Eye],
[Series G1-11: Material towards Going Under/Endurance],
[Series G1-12: Material toward What Manner of Beast],
[Series G1-13: Miscellaneous],
[Series G1-14: Printed Material],
[Series G2-1: Correspondence],
[Series G2-2: Poems],
[Series G2-3: Miscellaneous Manuscript],
[Series G2-4: Material toward Simeon],
[Series G2-5: Material toward A Joyful Noise],
[Series G2-6: Material toward Answer Back],
[Series G2-7: Material toward Garbage Wars],
[Series G2-8: Material toward Adequate Earth],
[Series G2-9: Material toward A Mote in Heaven's Eye],
[Series G2-10: Material toward Going Under/Endurance],
[Series G2-11: Material toward What Manner of Beast],
[Series G2-12: Material toward The Detachable Man],
[Series G2-13: Material toward Selected Shorter Poems],
[Series G2-14: Material toward The Wake of the Electron],
[Series G2-15: Material toward A Splintered Mirror],
[Series G2-16: Material toward Beyond Despair],
[Series G2-17: Miscellaneous],
[Series G2-18: Little Magazines With Contributions by Donald Finkel or Constance Urdang],
[Series G2-19: Little Magazines Without Contributions by Donald Finkel or Constance Urdang],
[Series G2-20: Realia],
[All]

Series G1-4: Material toward The Clothing's New EmperorAdd to your cart.
Published in Poets of Today VI, New York: Scribner's, 1959. Includes notebooks, correspondence, and drafts. 5 items
Sub-Series G1-4.1: Notebooks and correspondence, 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Consists of 2 letters and 2 notebooks that contain early drafts of poems appearing in the collection.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 120: Notebooks and correspondence, 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Consists of 2 letters and 2 notebooks that contain early drafts of poems appearing in the collection. 4 items
Sub-Series G1-4.2: Drafts, 1953-1960Add to your cart.
Consists of a bound copy of typescript manuscript for the collection with some drafts of poems laid in and includes autograph note by Finkel describing the material. Following is a list of poems contained in this draft but not appearing in the published book.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 121Add to your cart.
Item 1: Anybody's song, 1957: April.Add to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (carbon), 1 page.
Item 2: Apology to an alto man, 1959: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (carbon), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 3: Asiatic day-flower, 1953: September 10Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Published in Shendandoah,Vol. 8, No. 3 (Summer, 1957).
Item 4: The batblack starling, 1955: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page.
Item 5: Blindman seated, 1958: MayAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (carbon), 2 pages.
Item 6: Burying the cat, 1959: JulyAdd to your cart.
Typescript (carbon), 2 pages.
Item 7: Chiaroscuro, 1957: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages.
Item 8: Denman to Everest, 1957: MarchAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (carbon), 2 pages.
Item 9: The double man, 1960: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (carbon), 1 page.
Item 10: Dulce et decorum est, 1954: January 2Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page.
Item 11: The fairy in the next chair, [n.d.]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 2 drafts, 3 pages.
Item 12: Family visit, 1960: MayAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page.
Item 13: For the girl with a job, 1953: April 10Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page.
Item 14: Four in the morning and three in the evening, 1957: MarchAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (carbon), 3 drafts, 4 pages. Contains heavy autograph notation on 1 draft.
Item 15: The giraffe, 1957: MarchAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (carbon), 3 drafts, 6 pages. Contains heavy Auto. notation.
Item 16: Go to the ant, 1957: MarchAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages.
Item 17: Grandmother, [n.d.]Add to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (carbon), 1 page.
Item 18: The hero, 1960: FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 10 pages. Contains Auto. note.
Item 19: The hidden convent, 1956: NovemberAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages. Contains heavy Auto. notation.
Item 20: Loss of hearing, 1958: MarchAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Published in Poetry,Vol. 93, No. 5 (Fall, 1959).
Item 21: The lotus eaters, 1959: JulyAdd to your cart.
Typescript (carbon), 1 page. Published in Chelsea,No. 11 (March, 1962).
Item 22: Love, [n.d.]Add to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (carbon), 1 page.
Item 23: Lullaby, 1960: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (carbon), 1 page.
Item 24: Man with bottle-thick lenses, 1958: AprilAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages.
Item 25: Marriage, 1957: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page.
Item 26: Meditations outside the Church of the Nazarene, 1956: MayAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page.
Item 27: Mexican votive painting on tin, 1958: MarchAdd to your cart.
Typescript (carbon), 3 pages.
Item 28: Mi conquistador, 1955: AugustAdd to your cart.
Typescript (carbon), 2 drafts, 2 pages. Published in Western Review,Vol. 21, No. 3 (Spring, 1957).
Item 29: Oracle, 1960: FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript (carbon), 1 page.
Item 30: Phrynarachne Decipiens, 1957: MayAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (carbon), 1 page. Contains heavy Auto. notation.
Item 31: The poet's wife to the poet, 1957: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page.
Item 32: President McKinley and the anarchist, 1954: Jan-FebAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 drafts, 3 pages.
Item 33: Put simpatico into your songs, 1954: January 2Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page.
Item 34: The return, 1959: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Typescript (carbon), 2 pages.
Item 35: Song for syrinx and pennywhistle, 1958: MarchAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages. Published in Quarterly Review of Literature,Vol. 19, No. 1-2 (1974).
Item 36: Song of the beggarman, 1957: MayAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (carbon), 2 pages. Contains heavy Auto. notation.
Item 37: Spring song, 1956: MayAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page.
Item 38: Squirrels, 1959: JulyAdd to your cart.
Typescript (carbon), 1 page.
Item 39: St. Polycarp, 1960: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (carbon), 1 page.
Item 40: To professor and so-and-so, 1959: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Typescript (carbon), 1 page. Published in Paris Review,No. 28 (Summer/Fall, 1962).
Item 41: Two steps of a lame man, 1956: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 drafts, 2 pages. Published in Poetry,Vol. 89, No. 6 (March, 1957).
Item 42: The unicorn. 1-2., [n.d.]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Published in Chicago Review,Vol. 10, No. 4 (Winter, 1957).
Item 43: Villa Madero: shrine of Guadalupe, 1957: MarchAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages. Contains heavy Auto. notation.
Item 44: Watchman, what of the night?, 1956: MayAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page.
Item 45: When my janitor, 1956: MayAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Contains Auto. notes.
Item 46: Wish you were here, 1957: JuneAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page.
Item 47: Wood, 1953: September 10Add to your cart.
Typescript 1 page.

Browse by Series:

[Series G1-1: Correspondence, 1953-1983],
[Series G1-2: Poems],
[Series G1-3: Miscellaneous Manuscripts],
[Series G1-4: Material toward The Clothing's New Emperor],
[Series G1-5: Material toward Simeon],
[Series G1-6: Material toward A Joyful Noise],
[Series G1-7: Material toward Answer Back],
[Series G1-8: Material toward Garbage Wars],
[Series G1-9: Material toward Adequate Earth],
[Series G1-10: Material toward A Mote in Heaven's Eye],
[Series G1-11: Material towards Going Under/Endurance],
[Series G1-12: Material toward What Manner of Beast],
[Series G1-13: Miscellaneous],
[Series G1-14: Printed Material],
[Series G2-1: Correspondence],
[Series G2-2: Poems],
[Series G2-3: Miscellaneous Manuscript],
[Series G2-4: Material toward Simeon],
[Series G2-5: Material toward A Joyful Noise],
[Series G2-6: Material toward Answer Back],
[Series G2-7: Material toward Garbage Wars],
[Series G2-8: Material toward Adequate Earth],
[Series G2-9: Material toward A Mote in Heaven's Eye],
[Series G2-10: Material toward Going Under/Endurance],
[Series G2-11: Material toward What Manner of Beast],
[Series G2-12: Material toward The Detachable Man],
[Series G2-13: Material toward Selected Shorter Poems],
[Series G2-14: Material toward The Wake of the Electron],
[Series G2-15: Material toward A Splintered Mirror],
[Series G2-16: Material toward Beyond Despair],
[Series G2-17: Miscellaneous],
[Series G2-18: Little Magazines With Contributions by Donald Finkel or Constance Urdang],
[Series G2-19: Little Magazines Without Contributions by Donald Finkel or Constance Urdang],
[Series G2-20: Realia],
[All]


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