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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 G2-15: Material toward A Splintered MirrorAdd to your cart.
Material toward A Splintered Mirror: Chinese Poetry from the Democracy Movement San Francisco North Point Press, 1991. Alternately titled Like a Rising Flag. Translations by Donald Finkel and Carolyn Kizer with Xueliang Chen, Guohua Li, Jinsheng Yi, and Y.H. Zhao. Includes typescript and autograph drafts of poems, title pages, and tables of contents. also includes several drafts of an introduction. 183 items, 284 pp. Filed in author's order, in alphabetical order. 183 items
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 79Add to your cart.
Item 1: Bei DaoAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Accomplices [poem], [n.d.]Add to your cart.

Ts. 5 Drafts, 5 pp.

Translations with Xueliang Chen. Moderate revision.

Item 2: Answer [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts, Ts(x). 4 drafts, 4pp.

With Xueliang Chen. Published in Seneca Review

Item 3: The august sleepwalker [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts, Auto. 6 drafts. 6pp.

With Xueliang Chen. Moderate revision. Published in Folio, Winter 1988-89

Item 4: Country Night [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 1 draft, 1p.

With Xueliang Chen. Published in Seneca Review 17/2, 1987.

Item 5: Elegy [poem]., [n.d.]Add to your cart.

Ts. 3 drafts, 3pp.

With Xueliang Chen.

Item 6: For many years [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts, Auto. 7 drafts, 7pp.

With Xueliang Chen. Moderate revision.

Item 7: Love story [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 4 drafts, 4pp.

With Xueliang Chen. Moderate revision.

Item 8: Many years ago [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 1 draft, 1p.

With Xueliang Chen.

Item 9: Memory [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts, Ts(x). 1 draft, 1p.

With Xueliang Chen.

Item 10: Notes on the city of the sun [poem], [n.d.]Add to your cart.

Ts, Ts(x). 3 drafts, 5pp.

With Xueliang Chen. Light revision.

Item 11: The oranges are ripe [poem]., [n.d.]Add to your cart.

Ts. 1 draft, 1p.

With Xueliang Chen.

Item 12: Snow line [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 4 drafts, 4pp.

With Xueliang Chen. Moderate revision. Published in Seneca Review 17/2, 1987.

Item 13: A ticket [poem]., [n.d.]Add to your cart.

Ts. 1 draft, 1p.

With Xueliang Chen.

Item 14: Transparent grief [poem]., [n.d.]Add to your cart.

Ts. 3 drafts, 3pp.

With Xueliang Chen. LIght revision. Published in Folio, Winter 1988-89.

Item 15: Unfamiliar shore [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 3 drafts, 6pp.

Light revision

Item 16: The window in the cliff [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts, Auto. 8 drafts, 8pp.

With Xueliang Chen. Moderate revision. Alternately titled The window on the cliff.

Item 17: A witness [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 2 drafts, 2pp

With Xueliang Chen

Item 2: Duo DuoAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Crows [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 1 draft, 1p.

With Guohua Li.

Item 2: From death's point of view [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 1 draft, 1p.

With Guohua Li.

Item 3: When the people arose from cheese [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 4 drafts, 16pp.

With Guohua Li. Moderate to heavy revision.

Item 3: Gu ChengAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Ark [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 3 drafts, 3pp

Moderate revision.

Item 2: Autumn [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 4 drafts, 4pp.

Moderate revision.

Item 3: Black and white sketches [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 1 draft, 1p.

With Guohua Li. Light revision.

Item 4: Capital "I" [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 4 drafts, 8pp.

With Jinsheng Yi. Light revision.

Item 5: A crack [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.
Auto. 1 draft, 1p.
Item 6: Dream garden [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 4 drafts, 4pp.

Moderate revision.

Item 7: I'm a headstrong boy [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 3 drafts, 6pp.

Moderate to heavy revision.

Item 8: Leaving the graves [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 10 drafts, 31pp.

With Jinsheng Yi. Heavy revision. Alternately titled Farewell to the graves (in Chong Ching), and Farewell, cemetery (in Chong Ching).

Item 9: Parting [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.
Ts. 2 drafts, 2pp.
Item 10: Rebel camp in the Hindu Kush [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts, Auto. 3 drafts, 3pp.

With Sheng-Tai Chang. Light revision.

Item 11: Sometimes I think [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 3 drafts, 3pp.

Moderate revision.

Item 12: When hope comes back (for Shu Ting) [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.
1 draft, 2pp.
Item 13: When I blink [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts, Auto. 3 drafts, 3pp.

With Sheng-Tai Chang. Light revision. One draft on verso of draft of A crack.

Item 14: Winter longing [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 4 drafts, 4pp.

Light revision.

Item 15: Yesterday [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.
Ts. 1 draft, 1p.
Item 4: Jiang HeAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Kua Fu [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 5 drafts, 7pp.

Moderate revision. Alternately titled Chasing the sun.

Item 2: Pan Gu [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 5 drafts, 10pp.

With Guohua Li. Moderate revision. Alternately titled Dividing heaven, and Dividing the sky.

Item 3: Unfinished poem [poem]., [n.d]Add to your cart.

[n.d.]. Ts. 5 drafts, 18pp.

Moderate revision.

Item 5: Mang KeAdd to your cart.
Item 1: After the night [poem], n.dAdd to your cart.
Ts. 1 draft 1p.
Item 2: A fallen tree [poem], [n.d.]Add to your cart.

Ts. 1 draft, 1p.

Light revision

Item 3: Old age [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts, Auto. 3 drafts, 3pp.

With Shend-Tai Chang. Light Revision

Item 4: Sorrows [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts., Auto. 4 drafts, 15pp.

With Sheng-Tai Chang. Moderate revision

Item 5: These days [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.
Ts, Auto. 3 drafts, 3pp. With Sheng-Tai Chang. Light Revision
Item 6: Shu TingAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Also all [poem], [n.d.]Add to your cart.

Ts. 4 drafts, 4pp.

With Yi Jinsheng. Light revision. Alternatively titled This is also all, and This also is all

Item 2: A boat [poem], [n.d.]Add to your cart.

Ts. 4 drafts, 4pp.

Light revision

Item 3: Boat with two masts [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts, Auto. 4 drafts, 4 pp.

With Sheng-Tai Chang

Item 4: Brother, I'm here [poem], [n.d.]Add to your cart.

ts. 5 drafts, 5pp.

Moderate to heavy revision. Alternatively titled I'm here

Item 5: Gifts [poem], [n.d.]Add to your cart.

4 drafts, 4pp.

Moderate to heavy revision

Item 6: Island dream [poem], [n.d.]Add to your cart.

Ts, Auto. 2 drafts, 2pp.

Light revision. Alternatively titled Dream of an island

Item 7: Protest of a generation [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts. 3 drafts, 4pp.

Light revision. Alternatively titled Cry of a generation

Item 8: The wall [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts, Auto. 2 drafts, 2 pp.

Moderate revision

Item 7: Yang LianAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Nuo-Ri-Lang [poem], [n.d]Add to your cart.

Ts, Auto. 2 drafts, 2pp.

Moderate revision


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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