Log In | Contact Us| View Cart (0)
Browse: Collections Digital Content Subjects Creators Record Groups

Donald Finkel Papers (MSS045)

Overview

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



Contact us about this collection

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

Printer-friendly Printer-friendly | Email Us Contact Us About This Collection

Collection Overview

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.


Box and Folder Listing


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]

Series G2-17: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Consists of four general groups of miscellaneous material: Manuscripts by others, Clippings, Literary miscellany, and General miscellany.
Box 12-13Add to your cart.
Folder 92-97: Material toward a special River Styx devoted to the poetry of St. Louis poet Arthur Brown entitled A Trumpet in the MorningAdd to your cart.

Includes correspondence regarding this issue, a copy of the introduction written by Finkel, notes toward the magazine and a body of poetry written by Arthur Brown used to edit the magazine, much of which consists of duplicates and all of which is typescript [photocopy]. Also includes clippings regarding the magazine and a manuscript, The sound of the sly mongoose, a journal for Mister Richard Ruland, by Arthur Brown typescript [photocopy], 29 pages. A Trumpet in the Morning, River Styx No. 16, Special Arthur Brown issue, 1985.

Correspondence is cross-referenced with business correspondence

276 items, 440 pages

Item 1: Castro, Jan GardenAdd to your cart.

Autograph letter signed, 1 page

Enclosure: Galley of bijou [poem] by Arthur Brown, 1 page

Item 2: Castro, MichaelAdd to your cart.

Autograph letter signed, 1 page

Enclosure:  Editor's lists of poems, 4 pages

Item 3: Finkel, DonaldAdd to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page

Enclosure: Introduction, table of contents, layout, 7 pages

Item 4: Koelzer, DewiAdd to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page
Item 5: Schwartz, HowardAdd to your cart.

Typed letter signed, 1 page (1984: March 30)

Enclosure: Editor's lists of poems, 7 pages

Typed letter signed, 1 page (1985: January 28)

Item 6: Unidentified authorAdd to your cart.

Autograph letter signed, 2 pages

Enclosure: An interview with Arthur Brown, 8 pages

Item 7: Wilson, MaryAdd to your cart.

Autograph letter signed, 2 pages

Enclosure: Cover for River Styx Arthur Brown issue which was not used (photocopy).

Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 98: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Consists of newspaper and magazine clippings concerning Finkel, readings by Finkel, and general news items. 29 items
Folder 99: Literary miscellanyAdd to your cart.
Consists of miscellaneous material relating to Finkel's career, including poetry reading announcements, book announcements, and other miscellaneous material. 17 items
Folder 100: General miscellanyAdd to your cart.

Consists of miscellaneous material including Princeton and Washington University information. 14 items

Also includes The Ice Cap News. Published by the American Society of Polar Philatelists. Vol.18, No. 1, (Whole No. 97), January-February 1973. (40 pages) [Filed in general correspondence, February 20, 1973]

Folder 101: Miscellaneous material concerning the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award which Finkel received in 1980Add to your cart.
Includes the program for the presentation of the award and clippings. 10 items
Box 14Add to your cart.
Item 1: ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.
Consists of two large, undated scrapbooks including programs, announcements, clippings, assorted correspondence, reviews, some editorial material and general miscellany.

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]


Page Generated in: 0.61 seconds (using 225 queries).
Using 11.01MB of memory. (Peak of 11.35MB.)

Powered by Archon Version 3.21 rev-3
Copyright ©2017 The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign