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Edward Dahlberg Papers (MSS032)

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Edward Dahlberg Papers (MSS032), 1964-1974 | MSS Manuscripts

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Title: Edward Dahlberg Papers (MSS032), 1964-1974Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1964-1974

ID: MSS/MSS/032

Primary Creator: Dahlberg, Edward (1900-1977)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 07/26/1966

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Edward Dahlberg Papers consists of correspondence from Dahlberg to Charles Winston and Ed Sanders. Also, correspondence from Michael Blankfort, Anthony Burgess, William O’Rourke, Gilbert Sorrentino, and Jonathan Williams to Dahlberg. The collection also contains galley proofs of Reasons of the Heart, tear sheets of a published poem by Stanley Burnshaw, two printed cards from Daniel Haberman, a pamphlet announcing an exhibit at Grippi Gallery, and invoices for Dahlberg’s purchases from various London booksellers.

Collection Historical Note

Edward Dahlberg (July 22, 1900 – February 27, 1977) was an American novelist, essayist and autobiographer.  Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Dahlberg enlisted in the Army in 1918 in the last few weeks of World War I. He attended the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University. In the late 1920s, Dahlberg became part of the expatriate group of American writers living in Paris.

Dahlberg’s first novel, Bottom Dogs, was based on his childhood experiences at the orphanage and his travels in the American West. With his advance money, Dahlberg returned to New York City and resided in Greenwich Village. He visited Germany in 1933 and in reaction briefly joined the Communist Party but left the Party by 1936. From the 1940s onwards, Dahlberg made his living as an author and also taught at various colleges and universities. In 1948, he taught briefly at the experimental Black Mountain College.

He moved to the Danish island of Bornholm in 1955 while working on The Flea of Sodom. The Sorrows of Priapus was published in 1957, becoming his most successful book thus far. He later moved to Mallorca, while working on Because I Was Flesh, an autobiography which was published in 1964. During the 1960s and 1970s, he became quite prolific and further refined his unique style through the publication of poetry, autobiographical works, fiction and criticism.

In 1968, Dahlberg was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Also, in 1976, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 749. Unknown, July 26, 1966

Accession number 872. Unknown, November 16, 1967

Accession number 971. Purchase from House of Books, August 2, 1968

Accession number 1600. Purchase from Margaret Dupriest, December 19, 1983

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections


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Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Dahlberg to Charles Winston, 1964: April 8Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 2: Dahlberg to Charles Winston, 1964: April 25Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 3: Dahlberg to Charles Winston, 1964: May 10Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 4: Dahlberg to Charles Winston, 1964: June 6Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 5: Dahlberg to Charles Winston, 1964: July 24Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 6: Dahlberg to Ed Sanders, 1964: August 25Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 7: Roger Beacham to Mr. Cohen [?], [1967]: July 10Add to your cart.
Typed card signed, 1 page
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Reasons of the Heart galley proofs, [1965]Add to your cart.
48 galleys, no revision
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Blankfort, Michael to Dahlberg, 1974: April 8Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 2: Burgess, Anthony to Dahlberg, 1970: August 13Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 3: O'Rourke, William to Dahlberg, 1974: April 7Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 4: O'Rourke, William to Dahlberg, 1974: July 21Add to your cart.
Typed card signed, 1 page
Item 5: Sorrentino, Gilbert to Dahlberg, 1972: February 21Add to your cart.
Typed note signed, 1 page
Item 6: Sorrentino, Gilbert to Dahlberg, 1972: February 26Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 7: Sorrentino, Gilbert to Dahlberg, 1974: July 3Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 8: Williams, Jonathan to Dahlberg, 1974: August 3Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Folder 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Blue, Windless and Deep" [poem] by Stanley BurnshawAdd to your cart.
Tear sheets, 2 items
Item 2: Printed cards with autograph notes to Edward Dahlberg from Daniel HabermanAdd to your cart.
2 items
Item 3: Promotional pamphlet for exhibition of works by James Kearns: "The Heart of Beethoven" at the Grippi Gallery, 1962: MayAdd to your cart.
1 item
Item 4: Invoices from London booksellers, 1956-1957Add to your cart.
6 items
Item 5: Publishers announcement of Dahlberg biographyAdd to your cart.
Photocopy, 2 items

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