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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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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.


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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 G2-19: Little Magazines Without Contributions by Donald Finkel or Constance UrdangAdd to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Item 1: The American Poetry ReviewAdd to your cart.

Vol. 4, No. 5, (1975)

Vol. 6, No. 5, (September/October 1977)

Item 2: AscentAdd to your cart.

Vol. 6, No. 3, (1981)

Vol. 8, No. 2, (1983)

Vol. 8, No. 3, (1983)

Vol. 13, No. 1, (1987) (2 copies)

Vol. 13, No. 2, (1988)

Vol. 13, No. 3, (1988) (2 copies)

Vol. 14, No. 1, (1988) (2 copies)

Vol. 14, No. 2, (1988) (2 copies)

Vol. 14, No. 3, (1989) (2 copies)

Item 3: Belles LettresAdd to your cart.
Vol. 3, No. 6, (July/August 1988)
Item 4: The Cape RockAdd to your cart.

Vol. 19, No. 2, (Summer 1984)

Vol. 22, No. 1, (Spring 1987)

Vol. 22, No. 2, (Fall 1987)

Vol. 23, No. 1, (Spring 1988)

Vol. 23, No. 2, (Fall 1988)

Vol. 24, No. 1, (Spring 1989)

Item 5: Cat FancyAdd to your cart.
Vol. 15, No. 2, (March/April 1972)
Item 6: The Chariton ReviewAdd to your cart.

Vol. 9, No. 1, (Spring 1983)

Vol. 13, No. 2, (Fall 1987)

Vol. 14, No. 1, (Spring 1988)

Vol. 14, No. 2, (Fall 1988)

Vol. 15, No. 2, (Fall 1989)

Vol. 16, No. 1, (Spring 1990)

Item 7: Counter/MeasuresAdd to your cart.
No. 2, (1973)
Item 8: DelosAdd to your cart.

Vol. 1, No. 1, (1988)

Vol. 1, No. 3, (1988)

Vol. 1, No. 4, (Winter 1988/89)

Vol. 2, No. 1, (Spring 1989)

Vol. 2, No. 2/3, (Summer/Fall 1989)

Vol. 2, No. 4, (Winter 1989/90)

Item 9: Denver QuarterlyAdd to your cart.

Vol. 22, No. 1, (Summer 1987)

Vol. 22, No. 2, (Fall 1987)

Vol. 22, No. 4, (Spring 1988)

Vol. 23, No. 1, (Summer 1988)

Vol. 22, No. 3, (Winter 1988)

Vol. 23, Fiction supplement, (1989)

Vol. 24, No. 1, (Summer 1989)

Vol. 24, No. 2, (Fall 1989)

Vol. 23, No. 3/4, (Winter/Spring 1989)

Item 10: FolioAdd to your cart.
(Spring 1988)
Item 11: GallimaufryAdd to your cart.
No. 7, (Summer 1976)
Item 12: The Georgia ReviewAdd to your cart.
Vol. 41, No. 2, (Summer 1987)
Item 13: The Harvard AdvocateAdd to your cart.
Vol. 127, No. 3, (December 1940)
Item 14: IdolAdd to your cart.
(Winter 1983)
Item 15: IrisAdd to your cart.
(Fall/Winter 1988)
Item 16: KayakAdd to your cart.

No. 54, (September 1980)

No. 55, (January 1981)

No. 56, (July 1981)

No. 63, (November 1983)

Item 17: The Laurel ReviewAdd to your cart.

Vol. 21, No. 1/2, (Winter/Summer 1987)

Vol. 23, No. 2, (Summer 1989)

Item 18: Memphis State ReviewAdd to your cart.
Vol. 3, No. 1, (Fall 1982)
Item 19: NER/BLQAdd to your cart.

Vol. 12, No. 1, (Autumn 1989)

Vol. 12, No. 2, (Winter 1989)

Vol. 12, No. 3, (Spring 1990)

Item 20: New Mexico QuarterlyAdd to your cart.
Vol. 37, No. 4, (Winter 1968)
Item 21: The Ontario ReviewAdd to your cart.

No. 21, (Fall/Winter 1984/85)

No. 27, (Fall/Winter 1987/88) (2 copies)

No. 29, (Fall/Winter 1988/89)

No. 30, (Spring/Summer 1989)

No. 31, (Fall/Winter 1989/90)

Item 22: ParnassusAdd to your cart.
(Spring/Summer 1979)
Item 23: Partisan ReviewAdd to your cart.
Vol. 27, No. 1, (Winter 1960)
Item 24: PerspectiveAdd to your cart.
Vol. 6, No. 3, (Summer 1953)
Item 25: PoetryAdd to your cart.

Vol. 109, No. 2, (November 1966)

Vol. 145, No. 4, (January 1985)

Vol. 152, No. 1, (April 1988)

Item 26: Poetry NOWAdd to your cart.

Vol. 2, No. 1. [Issue 8], (1975)

Vol. 6, No. 1. [Issue 31], (1981)

Item 27: Poets and Writers, Inc.Add to your cart.
(October 22, 1980)
Item 28: Practices of the WindAdd to your cart.
(1980)
Item 29: Quarterly Review of LiteratureAdd to your cart.
Vol. 4, No. 2, (1948)
Item 30: ReviewAdd to your cart.
Vol. 23, No. 2, (Spring 1950)
Item 31: RhinoAdd to your cart.
(1989)
Item 32: River StyxAdd to your cart.

No. 23, (1987)

No. 24, (1987)

No. 25, (1988)

No. 28, (1989)

No. 29.

Item 33: Saturday ReviewAdd to your cart.
(February 6, 1960)
Item 34: Seneca ReviewAdd to your cart.

Vol. 18, No. 1, (1988)

Vol. 18, No. 2, (1988)

Vol. 19, No. 1, (1989)

Item 35: Sewanee ReviewAdd to your cart.
Vol. 68, No. 1, (Winter 1960)
Item 36: The Southern California AnthologyAdd to your cart.

Vol. 6, (1988)

Vol. 7, (1989)

Item 37: The Sucarnochee ReviewAdd to your cart.
Vol. 2, (Spring 1984)
Item 38: Syracuse Poems and StoriesAdd to your cart.
Limited edition. No. 64 of 275 (1982)
Item 39: TendrilAdd to your cart.
No. 14/15, (Winter 1983)
Item 40: TikkunAdd to your cart.
Vol. 4, No. 1, (January/February 1989)
Item 41: TriQuarterlyAdd to your cart.
No. 68, (Winter 1987)
Item 42: Webster ReviewAdd to your cart.

Vol. 8, No. 2, (Fall 1983)

Vol. 13, No. 2, (Fall 1988)

Item 43: West BranchAdd to your cart.
No. 8, (1980)
Item 44: WitnessAdd to your cart.
Vol. 1, No. 2, (Summer 1987)
Item 45: Zone 3Add to your cart.

Vol. 2, No. 1, (Winter 1987)

Vol. 4, No. 2, (Spring 1989)


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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