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Robert David Cohen Papers, 1965-1969

Collection Overview

Title: Robert David Cohen Papers, 1965-1969

Predominant Dates:1965-1969

ID: MS/MS/ms027

Creator: Cohen, Robert David (1945-)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 10/01/1968

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Robert David Cohen Papers include correspondence from Robert Sward and Ann Quin to Cohen, written while Cohen lived in Mexico in 1968-1969, as well as poetry manuscripts written by Cohen alone and by the three authors together. The collection also contains a notebook by Cohen which held notes about Sward and notes toward The Play, a collaborative work by Sward and Cohen.

Administrative Information

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: Purchased from Robert David Cohen

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 994. Purchased from Robert David Cohen, 1968: October 1

Accession number 1004. Purchased from Robert David Cohen, 1968: November 8

Accession number 1026. Purchased from Robert David Cohen, 1969: February 19

Accession number 1028. Purchased from Robert David Cohen, 1969: March 6

Related Materials: See also the Robert Sward Papers (MSS110)

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

Processing Information: Processed April 1970


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Correspondence, Folder 1, 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence from Robert Sward, Ann Quin, and The New Yorker to Cohen. Sward comments on the possibility of publishing In Mexico and tells Cohen he will try to get Cohen’s work published as well. Sward discussed his fiancé, Judith, his ex-wife, Diane, his lover, Ann Quin, and the play which Sward and Cohen are going to publish together. Also, Sward mentions the poetry of John Torres, Washington University’s payment for his correspondence, England, and the impending trip to Mexico. Ann Quin writes about Mexico and Diane Sward. Finally, The New Yorker writes to Cohen about the publication of his poems.   26 items
Item 1: Quin, Ann, 1968: February 1Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 2: Quin, Ann, 1968: February 2Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 3: Sward, Robert, 1968: February 2Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 4: Sward, Robert, 1968: Februayr 4-6Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 5: Sward, Robert, 1968: February 5Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 6: Sward, Robert, 1968: February 9Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 7: Sward, Robert, 1968: February 22Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 8: Sward, Robert, 1968: March 11Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 4 pages
Item 9: Quin, Ann, 1968: March 19Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 10: Sward, Robert, 1968: March 19Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 11: Sward, Robert, 1968: March 19Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 4 pages
Item 12: Sward, Robert, 1968: March 26Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 13: The New Yorker, 1968: March 27Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 14: Sward, Robert, 1968: April 22Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 15: Sward, Robert, 1968: July 29Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 16: Sward, Robert, 1968: August 19-20Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 17: The New Yorker, 1968: September 25Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 18: Sward, Robert, 1968: September 26Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 3 pages
Item 19: Sward, Robert, 1968: October 18Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 20: Sward, Robert, 1968: November 2Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 21: Sward, Robert, 1968: November 12Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 22: Sward, Robert, 1968: December 4Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 23: Sward, Robert, 1968: December 12Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 3 pages
Item 24: Sward, Robert, 1969: January 1Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 2 pages
Item 25: Sward, Robert, 1969: January 5Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page
Item 26: Sward, Robert, 1969: January 17Add to your cart.
Autograph card signed, 1 page
Series 2: Literary Manuscripts, Folder 2-19Add to your cart.
Folder 2: The Amusing Events of September, 1945 [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript draft with no revision, 1 page
Folder 3: Barber and I [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript draft with no revision, 1 page. Signed by Cohen. Alternate title: Shore Dinner. Published in The New Yorker, 1965: May 29
Folder 4: The Bell [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript draft with moderate to heavy cancellation and revision, 35 pages
Folder 5: Day On Kind Continent [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript draft with no revision, heavy printer notations, 2 pages. Signed by Cohen. Published in The New Yorker, 1965: September 25
Folder 6: Man-Song, River-Song [poem]Add to your cart.
Typescript draft with no revision, heavy printer notation, 4 pages. Signed by Cohen. Published in The New Yorker, 1965: March 27
Folder 7: The Path [poem]Add to your cart.
Galley proof with light printer's markings, 1 page. Signed by Cohen. Published in The New Yorker, 1965: September 29
Folder 8: A Poem For Father's Going [poem]Add to your cart.
Galley proof with no revision or printer's markings, 1 page. Signed by Cohen. Published in The New Yorker, 1965: May 14
Folder 9: The Storm [poem]Add to your cart.
Galley proof with light printer's marking, 1 page. Signed by Cohen. Published in The New Yorker, 1965: April 20
Folder 10: What Lasts [poem]Add to your cart.
Galley proof with no printer's markings, 1 page. Signed by Cohen. Published in The New Yorker, 1966: October 27
Folder 11: With a Missing Text [collection of poems]Add to your cart.
Typescript with moderate to heavy manuscript revision, 44 pages. Published in Poetry, 1966: August
Folder 12: Unidentified poemsAdd to your cart.
Typescript with moderate to heavy revision and notations, 44 pages. Includes three inscribed "Thomas Merton" and five noted "NO" at the top. Possible titles include: Anchorite, The Bliss Syndrome, Zeal, When Was the Last Time I Shot a Gun, Whitman and Phrenology, and Lotus Robot
Folder 13: With This In Mind [poem], 1968: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript draft with no revision, 2 pages. Noted "Robert David Cohen/Robert Sward." Signed "with love - Bob Sward Jan. '68"
Folder 14: Notes toward a novel, 1968: January-February 5Add to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon] with moderate manuscript revision, 11 pages. Sections tited: They Live Too Long: Effort to Rid Ourselves of My Obsession With Last Things First and  They Love Too Long. Both noted "Robert Cohen/Robert Sward. (From a novel in progress titeld Pluto the dog is death)." Also noted "Robert Sward MacDowell Colony..." Two remaining sheets noted "1 (biog. section)" and "biog. sec./novel"
Folder 15: Trips Not On Established Trails [poem], 1968: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon] with no revision, 3 pages. 1 page noted "Robert Sward/Ann Quin" and 1 page noted "Ann Quin"
Folder 16: "Lastly, mouse made the breakthrough" [first line of untitled poem], 1968: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon] with no revisions, 1 page. Noted "Robert Sward/Ann Quin"
Folder 17: A Horse Which Throws the Dreamer to the Ground [poem], 1968: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon] with minimal revision, 3 pages. Noted "For Robert from his friend Ferdinand the Bull, R.S."
Folder 18: The Snakes In Atotaho's Hair [poem], 1968: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon] with minimal revisions, 2 pages. Noted "Robert, is this a letter or a dream or simply another title - ? whatever, with love, RS..."
Folder 19: Where to Buy a Civil War Uniform [poem], 1968: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon] with minimal revision, 2 pages. Noted "from Robert Cohen 1969" and "Robert Sward 12/68"
Series 3: Notebooks, Folder 20Add to your cart.
Notebook with notes on Cohen-Sward correspondence, collaborative play, El Corno Emplumado sketches, etc. 180 pages