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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 G1-10: Material toward A Mote in Heaven's EyeAdd to your cart.
Consists of material, (1974-1975), toward A Mote in Heaven's Eye, (New York: Atheneum, 1975), including drafts of poems and manuscripts, galley and page proofs, fragments, and reviews of the collection. 145 items
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 179-187: Drafts and notesAdd to your cart.
92 items. Consists of drafts of and notes for poems and includes drafts of some poems edited out of the collection.
Folder 179: Work toward Lame angelAdd to your cart.
1 item. Consists of fragments, partial drafts, and notes toward Lame Angel, a group of poems within A Mote in Heaven's Eye.
Folder 180-184: DraftsAdd to your cart.
59 items. Consists of individual drafts of poems, drafts of A Mote in Heaven's Eye in various stages of revision, fragments of poems, and a letter from Harry Ford.
Folder 185: Drafts of poems edited outAdd to your cart.
29 items. Consists of drafts of poems considered for A Mote in Heaven's Eye, but were not used.
Item 1: A birthAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), light revision, 3 drafts, 3 pages.
Item 2: CoatAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), light revision, 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 3: DustAdd to your cart.
Typescript (photocopy), 1 page.
Item 4: Earth wormAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), light revision, 3 drafts, 3 pages.
Item 5: HomeAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), light revision, 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 6: Institute of advanced thinking, dept. 1170Add to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page.
Item 7: Limping songAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), light revision, 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 8: The locksmith's apprenticeAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page.
Item 9: Moon-ballAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 10: One lookAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), light revision, 1 page.
Item 11: The potAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), light revision, 1 page.
Item 12: Rattle-bangAdd to your cart.
Typescript, light revision, 3 drafts, 3 pages.
Item 13: The sacred pipeAdd to your cart.
Typescript, light revision, 1 page.
Item 14: Small hoursAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), light revision, 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 15: Treading waterAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), light revision, 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 16: Water musicAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), light revision, 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Folder 186-187: Early draft--Next TimeAdd to your cart.
Consists of an early draft of A Mote in Heaven's Eye, originally titled Next Time. Includes poems used in the collection as well as some edited out and a letter from Harry Ford. Poems which were not used in the final collection are listed as items within this folder. 3 items. 2 drafts, 193 pages
Item 1: Bad newsAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 2: Blind SallyAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 3: Coat.Add to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 4: Earth wormAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 5: The feminine fireAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 6: Going homeAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 7: Hand songAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 8: Her wallsAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages. Published in Kayak,No. 37 (Jan, 1975).
Item 9: Late late show.Add to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 10: Late newsAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 11: Locksmith's apprenticeAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 12: The punishmentAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages. Published in Quarterly Review of Literature,Vol. 17, No. 1-2 (1970).
Item 13: Rattle-bangAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 14: Reading the leavesAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 15: RiddlesAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 16: The sacred pipeAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 4 pages.
Item 17: Song of the flyAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 1 page. Published in Madrona,Vol. 2, No. 5 (1972).
Item 18: The sun danceAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 4 pages.
Item 19: Tomorrow I will not eatAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages. Published in Quarterly Review of Literature,Vol. 17, No. 1-2 (1970), and Vol. 19, No. 1-2 (1974).
Item 20: Walking into the windAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Item 21: What holds me upAdd to your cart.
Typescript, typescript (photocopy), 2 drafts, 2 pages.
Folder 188-189: ProofsAdd to your cart.
3 items. Consists of one set of galleys with printer's markings and one set of signatures.
Folder 190: Editorial materialAdd to your cart.
42 items, 49 pages. Consists of editorial matter toward Adequate Earth and includes numerous table of contents pages, title page, dedication, miscellaneous pages, and critical commentary by Howard Schwartz and Constance Urdang.
Folder 191: ReviewsAdd to your cart.
10 items. Consists of reviews of Adequate Earth.

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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