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Donald Finkel Papers (MSS045)

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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 G2-14: Material toward The Wake of the ElectronAdd to your cart.
Consists of material toward The Wake of the Electron (New York: Atheneum, 1987). Made up of four groupings including drafts, correspondence, reviews, and editorial material. 617 items. Box 7, Folder. 60-64. Box 8, Folders 65-67. Box 9, Folders 68-75. Folders 76-77 filed in Constance Urdang Papers, Box 10. 341 items
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 60-64: The wake of the electron--material towardAdd to your cart.
237 items, 498 pages. Contains correspondence from David Clewall, maps and other source material, notes, tables of contents and drafts of poems toward The wake of the electron. Also contains a corrected draft and a draft typescript [photocopy] of The wake of the electron.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Material toward the wake of the electron - draftsAdd to your cart.

201 pages. Consists of typescript and autograph drafts of poems, notes, and fragments toward The wake of the electron. Also includes material toward a group of poems not used in The wake of the electron. 22 pages This group includes:

All we need [poem]. , [n.d.]. Autograph. 2 drafts, 2pages.

Light to moderate revision

At 3 a.m. the dogs [poem]. , [n.d.]. Auto. 2 drafts, 2pages.

Light to moderate revision. Alternately titled The dogs at night.

Boat-pullers [poem]. , [n.d.]. Autograph. 2 drafts, 2pages.

Light revision.

The change [poem]. , [n.d.]. Autograph. 1 draft, 1page.

Coin oracle [poem]. , [n.d.]. Typescript, Autograph. 3 drafts, 3pages.

Moderate revision. Alternately titled The book of change.

Coming [poem]. , [n.d.]. Autograph. 1 draft, 1page.

Moderate revision.

The man in the street [poem]. , [n.d.]. Autograph. 2 drafts, 2pages.

Moderate revision.

Please turn to page 3A [poem]. , [n.d.]. Autograph. 1 draft, 1page.

Some nights [poem]. , [n.d.]. Autograph. 1 draft, 1page.

The sun and I [poem]. , [n.d.]. Autograph. 1 draft, 2pages.

Light revision.

The tenth mu [poem]. , [n.d.]. Autograph. 1 draft, 1page.

Light revision.

Why not [poem]. , [n.d.]. Autograph. 1 draft, 1page.

Light revision.

Box 8-9Add to your cart.
Folder 66-70: The wake of the electron--draftsAdd to your cart.
118 items, 777 pages. Consists of typescript and typescript (photocopy) drafts of The wake of the electron with corrections as well as Typescript, Typescript (photocopy), and Autograph drafts of poems and notes.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 71: The wake of the electron--correspondence.Add to your cart.

31 items. August 19, 1985-September 26, 1987

Correspondence regarding the writing of and reactions to The wake of the electron, in chronological order. Includes 3 (x) copies of the cover of The wake of the electron and 1 copy of last page of the book. Also includes group of correspondence with Harry Ford.

Clewall, David, Davidson, Tina, Garst, Tom, and Hall, Ron

Folder 72: Material toward The wake of the electron--Reviews.Add to your cart.
Consists of two reviews of The wake of the electron. 3 items
Folder 73-77: Material toward The wake of the electron--Editorial materialAdd to your cart.
Consists of various editorial material toward The wake of the electron including cover, setting copy, mock up, and proofs.
Item 1: Editorial material--coverAdd to your cart.
Consists of one matted dust jacket of The wake of the electron
Item 2: Editorial material--Setting copyAdd to your cart.
Consists of one setting copy of The wake of the electron with printer's marks
Item 3: Editorial material--Mock upAdd to your cart.
Consists of one mock up of The wake of the electron with light correction.
Item 4: Editorial material-- Proofs., Consists of two sets of proofs for The wake of the electron.Add to your cart.
Filed in Urdang papers, Box 10

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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