Finding-aid for the Walter Lowenfels Papers (MSS074)


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Table of Contents

Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information


Collection Outline

Incoming Correspondence

Outgoing Correspondence.

Files related to edition of Where is Vietnam

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lowenfels, Walter
TitleWalter Lowenfels Papers
Identification: MSS074

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Biographical Note

Accs: 783, 826, 927, 793, 23987

Disposal: Unrevised duplicates of poems in accession folder.

Location: Group 1

LOWENFELS, Walter, 1897-, ed., American author.

Correspondence and literary papers concerning Where is Vietnam?, 1966-67.

Walter Lowenfels, poet, editor, translator, was born in New York, is married to the former Lillian Apotheker, who has collaborated with him and with Nan Braymer in this and other anthologies of poetry. He lives now in Mays Landing, New York, from where his correspondence, and much of the business material of this anthology emanated, roughly from February, 1966 - Oct., 1967, shortly after which the anthology was published by Doubleday. The Doubleday press release says of Where is Vietnam?: “... this anthology of new work by 87 American poets presents the full spectrum of intense, dramatic response to the war in Vietnam aroused in both underground and established poetic circles. Included are poems from the widely publicized Vietnam Read-ins held on campuses from coast to coast during the past year.” Contributors range from noted poet and editor Stanley Kunitz to Allen Katzman, editor of The East Village Other, from Pulitzer Prize winner Louis Simpson to Larry Jacobs who is six year old.

Lowenfels, a Paris expatriot in the twenties and thirties, is associate editor of Dialog and has recently been active in Vietnam peace activities. He is also editor of other recent anthologies of poems, New jazz poets and Poets of today, both of which he discusses in a letter to Henry Wenning, Oct. 23, 1966 in this collection. For information on the editing and publication of this book the correspondence between Lowenfels, Sybil Kaufman, Lynn Deming and Nan Braymer should be seen. Important reactions to the book after its publication may be found in the letters of Robert Bly, Kirby Congdon, Richard Eberhart, Ann Eshleman, David Ignatow, Elia Katz, Harry Lewis, Marya Mannes, and Morton Marcus.

A partial bibliography of Lowenfels' work includes:

Episodes and epistles, published by Thomas Seltzer, 1925.

Apollinaire, published by Hours, 1930.

Elegy for D.H. Lawrence, published by Carrefour, 1932.

The suicide, Carrefour, 1934.

American voices, published by Roving Eye, 1959.

Song of peace, a translation based on poems of Eluard and others, Roving Eye, 1959.

Walt Whitman's Civil War, published by Knopf, 1961.

Some deaths: Selected poems, 1929-1962, published by Jargon, 1962.

Pages from a poet's life: a biography.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Lowenfels collection includes letters primarily to Walter Lowenfels or Marjorie Elizabeth (Nan) Braymer, arranged alphabetically by sender, concerning contributions to Where is Vietnam?, payments, editorial policy, criticism, little magazines, sales of worksheets, reactions to book's publication, and including biographical and bibliographic sketches of many correspondents. Principal correspondents include: George Abbe, Robert Bly, Nan Braymer, Kirby Congdon, James Dickey, Richard Eberhart, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, David Ignatow, Sybil Kaufman, Harry Lewis, Marya Mannes, Morton Marcus, Felix Pollak, David Rogers, John Tagliabue, others, including Lynn Deming, Doubleday editor of anthology, ca. 365 items; Lowenfels letters (largely carbons), March 1966-Oct. 1967, to various poets, publishers, others, soliciting, accepting, rejecting poems for book, discussing textual and editorial changes, and answering various oriticisms of book, ca. 450 items; biographical sketches of contributors drafted from information sent to Lowenfels, drafts of the foreword and table of contents of the anthology (partially restricted), ca. 313 pp.

Also included are manuscript, typescript and photocopies of poems submitted to or chosen by Lowenfels, arranged alphabetically by author, some with comments by Lowenfels or Nan Braymer; ts. draft of entire book; one printer's copy and two galley proofs of book; copies of permission to reprint poems and various copyright materials; clippings of announcements and reviews concerning book; clippings, pamphlets, announcements, and instruction concerning peace read-ins; and various peace publications and other miscellaneous items, 340 items.

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Restrictions

Use Restrictions

Open, portions restricted.

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

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Administrative Information

Sources

Purchase

Processing begun

Oct. 25, 1966

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Incoming Correspondence,

ca. 365 items
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Letters to Lowenfels Abbe - Bly,
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Letters to Lowenfels Bodones - Dana,
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Letters to Lowenfels Deming,
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Letters to Lowenfels Dickey - Gavronsky,
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Letters to Lowenfels Gelbin - Hollander,
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Letters to Lowenfels Hughes - Kinnell,
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Letters to Lowenfels Kizer - Marcus,
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Letters to Lowenfels Marshall - Pillsbury,
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Letters to Lowenfels Pollak - Rutsala,
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Letters to Lowenfels Rukeyser - Stafford,
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Letters to Lowenfels Stanley - Zinnes,
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Letters to Lowenfels Colin - , n.d.

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Outgoing Correspondence.,

Alphabetically arranged by addressee, with some names cataloged.
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Lowenfels outgoing Abbe - Bly,
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Lowenfels outgoing Bowers - Degnan,
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Lowenfels outgoing Deming,
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Lowenfels outgoing Dialog - Ginsberg,
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Lowenfels outgoing Gitlin - Lardas,
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Lowenfels outgoing Laughlin - Pollak,
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Lowenfels outgoing Rabinowitz - Starbuck,
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Lowenfels outgoing Stone - Zinnes,
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Lowenfels outgoing Allie - , n.d.

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Files related to edition of Where is Vietnam,

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Biographical sketches, (ca. 100pp.)
Sketches drafted by Lowenfels, others, of selected contributors to Where is Vietnam?, arranged in groups of three and four on ts. and ts.(carbon) sheets, annotated, often with bibliographic information.
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Manuscript, typescript, typescript carbon and photocopy, clippings, of poems submitted to or selected by Lowenfels for consideration for Where is Vietnam?,
Some include notes on places of publication, comments by Lowenfels or Nan Braymer. Alphabetically arranged by author. A full list of titles has been indexed above. ca. 283 items
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3/23Poems considered Abbe - Binder,
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3/24Poems considered Black - Dugan,
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3/25Poems considered Eigner - Georgakas,
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3/26Poems considered Gibson - Katzman,
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4/27Poems considered Kelley - Lowenfels,
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4/28Poems considered Major - Ray,
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4/29Poems considered Reed - Rogers,
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4/30Poems considered Rosenberg - Yip Wai Lim,
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4/31Poems considered...and the burning - Because you too...,
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Drafts of table of contents for Where is Vietnam?, (ca. 83pp.)
Includes Ts. and autograph notes designating additions to and deletions from anthology, with textual comments on poems, notes on alterations of poems, reminders on acknowledgements and dates of original publications of poems. Notes on these drafts appear to have been exchanged among Nan Braymer, Lyan Deming, and Lowenfels. drafts of table of contents, one marked final, loose sheets. Ts., Ts.(carbon), and Ts.(photocopy) with ms. notations, ms. Folder 33 is restricted.
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Drafts of foreword to Where is Vietnam?, (ca. 171pp.)
Drafts, one apparently final, with attached title page and table of contents. Two apparently full drafts are in loose sheets, with numerous insertions, deletions and with significant variations from final draft. One draft, though similar to final draft, is incomplete. Two drafts vary from final draft but duplicate each other. There are other fragmented drafts. Ts., Ts.(carbon), and Ts.(photocopy) with ms. notations, ms.
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Typescript draft of complete book, described by Lowenfels as "3rd copy of script.", (ca. 295pp., 1 item.)
Excludes final table of contents (see Box 5, Folders 32-33) to which poems in this draft correspond by author and title. Includes title page, acknowledgments, and one heavily corrected version of foreword (see Box 5, Folder 34) Ts., Ts.(carbon), and Ts.(photocopy), Ts. with ms. notations, ms.
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Typescript printer's copy of Where is Vietnam? with autograph printer's notes. Ts., Ts.(carbon), Ts.(photocopy), ms., (124pp., 1 item.)
Includes title page, acknowledgments, poems, biographical notes, and a corrected version of the foreword.
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Two galley proofs of Where is Vietnam?, (143pp., 2 items.)
One is noted as the final galley proof. Printed.
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Copies of agreement for permission to reprint poems, addresses of possible contributors and of publishing houses, miscellaneous acknowledgment material., ()
Includes permission from Wesleyan University Press to reprint The fire-bombing by James Dickey, and a Walter Appreciation Week letter from Nan Braymer. Ts., Ts.(carbon), and Ts.(photocopy) with ms. revisions.
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Clippings and photocopies of clippings of newspaper and magazine announcements, advertisements, and reviews concerning Where is Vietnam?, (26pp., 24 items.)
Included in the chronological arrangement are clippings or photocopies from: Author's Guild Bulletin, Barnard Bulletin, The Christian Century, Commentary, The Courier Post (Camden, N.J.), Jeane Afrique, The Lambertville Beacon (New Jersey), The Nation, The National Observer, New York Times, New York Times Book Review, Paperback Book Guide, Paperbound Books in Print, People's World Publishers' Weekly, and The Worker. Printed, Printed(photocopy), Ts.(carbon).
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Clippings, pamphlets, announcements, instruction, concerning peace read-ins,, (ca. 26 items.)
Includes lists of participants, held February-May, 1966. Clippings, Ts.(carbon), printed items and printed items photocopied.
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Various peace publications,, (ca. 11 items.)
Includes first issue of Liberation USA, Fallout, Kauri/Gargoyle, March-July, 1966, and sections of the S[ausalito]-B[elvedere] Gazette; a collection of workshop poetry produced at a meeting of the Federation of Religious Liberals, White Sulphur Springs, Nov. 12-14, 1965; miscellaneous other items conc. Lowenfels, promotion of Where is Vietnam? Printed items, clippings.

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