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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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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 G1-3: Miscellaneous ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Consists of miscellaneous manuscripts of work by Finkel, broken into 6 subseries: Translations by Finkel, Prose, Interview with Finkel, Tapes of readings, Material toward The Jar (play), and Notebooks.
Sub-Series G1-3.1: Translations by FinkelAdd to your cart.
Consists of translations by Finkel of poems by various Spanish authors, arranged alphabetically by original author. 55 items
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 104-105Add to your cart.
Item 1: Gutierrez Najera, ManuelAdd to your cart.

For that time [poem]. Autograph, typescript, 3 drafts, 3 pages

Non omnis moriar [poem]. Autograph, typescript, 4 drafts, 5 pages

         Manuel Gutierrez Najera.

To be [poem]. Autograph, typescript, 3 drafts, 9 pages

Item 2: Penalosa, Joaquin AntonioAdd to your cart.

Announcement concerning the tree [poem], 4 drafts. Includes copy of Spanish text, Escuela del arbol; one draft also contains fragment of Meditation for the butterflies on death [poem].

Consolation for the dead burro [poem], Typescript, typescript (carbon), 4 drafts, 8 pages. Includes copy of Spanish text, Consolacion por el burro muerto; one copy of draft contains fragment of Reflections of the ants on winning love, [poem], author unknown (may be Joaquin Antonio Penolosa). An alternate title appears as Reflections of the ants on the winning of love.

Conversation of the elephants [poem], Typescript, typescript (carbon), 4 drafts, 7 pages. Includes copy of Spanish text, Coloquio de los elefantes

Meditation for the butterflies on death [poem], Typescript, typescript (carbon), 4 drafts, 8 pages. Includes copy of Spanish text, Meditacion a las mariposas sobre la muerte; one draft contains fragment of Conversation of the elephants [poem].

Preludes to Noah's ark [poem], 4 drafts. Includes copy of Spanish text, Preludios al arca de Noe; one draft also contains fragment of Announcement concerning the tree [poem].

Sermon to the fishes [poem], Typescript, typescript (carbon), 4 drafts, 7 pages. Includes copy of Spanish text, Sermon a los peces; one copy of draft contains fragment of Consolation for the dead burro [poem]; alternate title, Sermon to the fish.

Item 3: Ponge, Francis Jean Gaston AlfredAdd to your cart.

Cigarette [poem], Typescript, 2 drafts, 2 pages. Filed in Series I.2.c. Library of Congress International Poetry Festival

The piece of meat [poem], Typescript, 2 drafts, 2 pages. Filed in Series I.2.c. Library of Congress International Poetry Festival

Rain [poem], Typescript, 2 drafts, 2 pages. Filed in Series I.2.c. Library of Congress International Poetry Festival

The telephone [poem], Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages. Filed in Series I.2.c. Library of Congress International Poetry Festival

Vegetation [poem], Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 3 drafts, 4 pages. Filed in Series I.2.c. Library of Congress International Poetry Festival

Item 4: Prieto, Guillermo. Romance de la MigajitaAdd to your cart.
[poem] Autograph, Typescript, typescript (carbon), 7 drafts, 23 pages. Ts (photocopy) poems on verso of some drafts, notes, fragments; includes tear-sheet of poem in Spanish.
Item 5: Tablada, Jose Juan. The idol in the courtyardAdd to your cart.
[poem] Autograph, typescript, typescript (carbon), 5 drafts, 13 pages. Alternate title, The idol in the atrium.
Item 6: Unknown author. Dance of the archerAdd to your cart.
[poem], Autograph, typescript, typescript (carbon), 6 drafts, 15 pages. Includes copy of Spanish text titled, Cantar de la danza del arquero flechador; the following alternate titles appear for the translation: Song of the dance of the bow man archer, Dance of the bow-and-arrow man; author unknown.
Sub-Series G1-3.2: Prose, circa 1958-1979Add to your cart.
Consists of several essays and notes toward essays. 33 items
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 106-110Add to your cart.
Item 1: [Biographical sketch and essay on poetry], 1958Add to your cart.
Typescript (carbon), 3 pages.
Item 2: [Essay on creative writing programs], 1974Add to your cart.
Typescript (photocopy), 5 pages. Filed in Series I.2.a. General Business with letter from William Elliott, 1974: September 3.
Item 3: [Essay on Octavio Paz], No dateAdd to your cart.
Autograph, typescript, 2 drafts, 14 pages. Book review of Muriel Rukeyser's translation of Sun stone[collection of poetry] by Octavio Paz. Includes notes and fragments; one page of notes written on a publication announcement for the book.
Item 4: Intercourse with strangers, 1979Add to your cart.
[essay], autograph, typescript, typescript (photocopy), 4 drafts, 87 pages. Consists of notes, fragments, newspaper clippings, photocopies and tear sheets used in the composition of the essay, as well as related correspondence with Craig Pyes, editor of High Timesmagazine. editor of High Times magazine.
Item 5: [Notes], No dateAdd to your cart.
Autograph, 4 pages. Miscellaneous autograph notes.
Item 6: [Notes for a poetry reading], No dateAdd to your cart.
Autograph, typescript, typescript (carbon), typescript (photocopy). Contains notes for a reading by Finkel given at Washington University, circa 1962, a typescript transcription of Constance Urdang's criticism of one of the poems, an autograph note by Finkel, and drafts of the following poems used in the reading: Breakfast in the country (alternate title, A walk in the country), Iago, Dionysus, The effect of the poem, For the girl with a job, and The hypochondriac.
Sub-Series G1-3.3: Interviews, 1969, 1978Add to your cart.
Consists of 2 interviews with Finkel, one conducted in 1969 for the MLA Quarterly; the other conducted in 1978.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 111Add to your cart.
Item 1: [Interview], 1969: May 26Add to your cart.

Autograph, typescript, typescript [carbon], 20 pages.

Consists of 2 drafts of an interview with Finkel for the MLA Quarterly.Includes a typed letter signed to Finkel from John Gordon Burke

Item 2: [Interview with Donald Finkel], [1978]Add to your cart.

Typescript, typescript [photocopy], 10 pages.

Interview conducted by Richard Jackson; contains Finkel's revision. Filed in Series I.2.a. General Business with letter to Jackson, 1978: June 22.

Sub-Series G1-3.4: AudiotapesAdd to your cart.
Consists of audiotapes of readings given by Finkel and Constance Urdang. 4 items
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 112Add to your cart.
Item 1: 60 minute cassette audiotapes; Poetry reading given by Finkel and Constance Urdang at Denver University, 1978: MarchAdd to your cart.
Item 2: 60 minute cassette audiotapes; Poetry reading given at the Verbal Arts Festival at Sangamon State University, 1982Add to your cart.
2 cassettes
Item 3: 60 minute cassette audiotape; Tape was made to assist composer Robert Wykes in his setting of Adequate Earth, No dateAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series G1-3.5: The Jar [play]Add to your cart.
Consists of 8 drafts of the play,The Jar, in various states of revision some of which include notes by Finkel for the director and a small group of correspondence relating to the play. 16 items
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 113-119aAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typescript drafts, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
8 drafts, 309 pages
Item 2: Correspondence.Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence relating to The Jar, 7 pages
Sub-Series G1-3.6: Notebooks, Box 15, 1968-1980Add to your cart.
Consists of 8 dated notebooks containing notes, drafts and fragments of poetry, journal entries, quotations, diagrams, and drawings. Clippings, auto notes, photocopies, drafts of poems, and drawings are laid in. One notebook (1970: February -1971: February) is titled Finkel's Ice Box and contains material relating to his work in Antarctica.

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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