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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 G1-12: Material toward What Manner of BeastAdd to your cart.
Consists of material toward What Manner of Beast, (New York: Atheneum, 1981), including notes, source material, drafts of poems, drafts of the manuscript, correspondence, and reviews. 126 items
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 223-225: Notes and sources, 1980-1981Add to your cart.
Consists of one notebook kept by Finkel, notes, early drafts, and clippings used as resource material. 7 items
Box 29-30Add to your cart.
Folder 226-233: DraftsAdd to your cart.
Consists of partial drafts, draft of early contents, several drafts in various stages of revision including tables of contents, and a series of correspondence regarding revisions to the manuscript. 117 items
Folder 226: Partial draftsAdd to your cart.
Consists of partial drafts toward What Manner of Beast.
Folder 227-231: Complete draftsAdd to your cart.
Consists of four complete drafts for What Manner of Beast and several sets of table of contents pages, none of which were used in the final version. (19 items)
Folder 232: Earlier contents, 1984Add to your cart.
Consists of 89 pages of contents pages and poems intended for a collection entitled Detachable Man. This original collection was reorganized and two collections were published, What Manner of Beast and Detachable Man (1984). A list of poems housed in this series which appeared in neither of the published collections follows. (1 item) Typescript [photocopy], 89 pages
Item 1: As a matter of factAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 2: At fiveAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 3: Because believingAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 4: Building a headAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 5: ConversationAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 6: DandelionAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 7: Dead leavesAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 8: Dear museAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 9: DocumentaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 10: Even songAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 11: Extraordinary measuresAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 12: Grandma is playing the Moonlight SonataAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 13: Her coat of hairAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 14: Hitting the roadAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 15: Home thoughtsAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 16: How things fallAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 17: In the wardAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 18: Invitation to an apocalypseAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 19: It was someoneAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 20: The lady down the streetAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 21: LawnAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 22: The man on the trampolineAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 23: Mother's dayAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 24: Never for longAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 25: On the beachAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 26: One-eyed's wind songAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 27: The partyAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 28: Pas de deuxAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 29: PilgrimageAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 30: Pruning the mimosaAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 31: A question of memoryAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 32: Rattle-bangAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 33: Sunset sonataAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 34: ThistleAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 35: Till the doctor comesAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 36: A visit to the catacombsAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 37: Washoe's babyAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 38: YuccaAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Folder 233: Revisions and correspondence., 1978-1980Add to your cart.
Consists of of correspondence between Finkel, Roger Fouts, and Harry Ford some of which list revisions made by Finkel. (8 items)
Box 30Add to your cart.
Folder 234: ReviewsAdd to your cart.
Consists of reviews of What Manner of Beast. (10 items)

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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