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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 G1-9: Material toward Adequate EarthAdd to your cart.
Consists of correspondence, notes, source material, notebooks, clippings, drafts, editorial matter, and other miscellaneous items relating to Adequate Earth, (New York: Atheneum, 1972) and to composer Robert Wykes' setting of material for chorus and orchestra. 203 items
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 160-162: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Consists of 3 groups of correspondence relating to Adequate Earth: correspondence with various agencies and friends on the Antarctic expedition, correspondence with Harry Ford of Atheneum, and correspondence from persons commenting on the collection. 56 items
Folder 160: ExpeditionAdd to your cart.
29 items. Consists of correspondence between Finkel and various officials of the U.S. Navy, the National Science Foundations, and friends made through the expedition.
Folder 161: Harry FordAdd to your cart.
14 items. Consists of correspondence between Finkel and Harry Ford of Atheneum.
Folder 162: FriendsAdd to your cart.
13 items. Consists of correspondence from friends receiving and commenting on Adequate Earth. Selected correspondents include Philip E. Booth, George Paul Elliott, and Eve Merriam.
Folder 163-165: Notes and sourcesAdd to your cart.
89 items. Consists of notebooks kept by Finkel and miscellaneous source material relating to Antarctica and the expedition.
Folder 163: NotebooksAdd to your cart.
3 items. Consists of two notebooks kept by Finkel while in Antarctica.
Folder 164-165: Miscellaneous materialAdd to your cart.
86 items. Consists of miscellaneous material including clippings, articles, magazines, maps, photographs, post cards, official reports, and other items relating to Antarctica and Finkel's stay there.
Box 21-22Add to your cart.
Folder 166-174: DraftsAdd to your cart.
Consists of notes and drafts toward Adequate Earth, and 2 letters to Harry Ford.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 175: Editorial matterAdd to your cart.
12 items. Consists of photographs, dust jackets, advertisement, and questionnaires.
Folder 176: Reviews, clippings, programs from Theodore Roethke award ceremonyAdd to your cart.
16 items. Consists of clippings about Finkel's trip; reviews of Adequate Earth, including an article by Harry Marten and Wayne Fields; and programs from Theodore Roethke Award ceremony.
Folder 177-178: Material for orchestral/choral performance of Adequate earthAdd to your cart.
17 items. Consists of correspondence, clippings, articles, drafts of program notes, musical score of Robert Wykes' setting of Adequate Earth, and miscellany. The work was performed 1976: February 5 by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Washington University Chorus.

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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