Finding-aid for the Release Press Archives (MSS098)


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Table of Contents

Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Corporate History

Scope and Contents Note


Collection Outline

I. Correspondence.

II. Release Press publications.

Series III. Unpublished manuscripts.

Series IV. Miscellaneous publishing or layout material.

Series V. Submissions and related correspondence.

Series VI. Business Material.

Series VII. Miscellany.

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Descriptive Summary

TitleFinding-aid for the Release Press Archive, 1975-1983
Identification: MSS098

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Corporate History

Accession: 1705

The Release Press was founded in 1975 by Alan Ziegler (a poet), Larry Zirlin (a printer), and Harry Greenberg (an editor); they were also responsible for publishing SOME magazine, which they operated from 1972-1975. Release Press, which was run out of the homes of the editors in New York City, published its last book in 1983. The Release Press was interested in publishing first collections by emerging poets and prose writers, overlooked books by established writers, good manuscripts which had not been picked up by larger publishers, and unique books, such as collaborative works, by established writers. During its eight year run, The Release Press produced 15 books and several broadsides, including work by Jack Anderson, Philip Graham, Harry Greenberg, Karen Hubert, Bill Knott, John Love, Paul Oppedisano, B. Pelasi, Gay Phillipps, Steven Schrader, Terry Stokes, Ross Talarico, James Tate, John Yau, Alan Ziegler, Harry Zirlin, and Larry Zirlin.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Release Press archives include material relating to all but two of the books published by the Release Press. Included are correspondence, manuscripts, editorial matter, business records, and ephemeral material. Also included are copies of all but two of the published works put out by the Release Press.

ca. 1,478 items

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I. Correspondence., (ca. 120 items.)

Consists of correspondence to the Release Press editors from various writers, including letters from authors published by the Release Press concerning their books. Also included is correspondence from Louisa Solano of the Grolier Book Shop to the Release Press. The correspondence spans 1973 to 1983.
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1. Bill Knott correspondence., (ca. 31 items.)
Correspondence, both personal and business, from Bill Knott (Am. author, 1940-), from 1974 to 1977. Much of the correspondence is related to publication of Knott's book Rome in Rome and a James Tate-Bill Knott collaborative novella, Lucky Darryl. Knott was upset that Tate had submitted the manuscript for publication, claiming he had not been consulted on the decision, and many of the letters concern his feud with Tate.
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2. Russell Edson correspondence., (ca. 18 items.)
Correspondence from Russell Edson (Am. author, 1945-) to Larry Zirlin and Release Press, between 1973 and 1980.
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3. James Tate correspondence., (13 items.)
Correspondence, personal and business, from James Tate (Am. author, 1943-) from 1975 to 1978. Some of the correspondence concerns publication of the James Tate-Bill Knott collaborative novella, Lucky Darryl, and the animosity which developed between the two.
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4. Jack Anderson correspondence., (30 items.)
Correspondence from Jack Anderson (Am. author, 1935-) to Larry Zirlin and the Release Press between 1974 and 1983. This correspondence concerns the publication of Anderson's City Joys and Selected Poems.
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1/5.a.
5. Philip Graham correspondence., (15 items.)
Correspondence from Philip Graham (Am. author, 1951-), 1978 and undated. Many of these letters concern publication of Graham's book, The Vanishings.
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6. Grolier Book Shop correspondence., (13 items.)
Correspondence from Louisa Solano of the Grolier Book Shop to Harry Greenberg and Larry Zirlin. The correspondence, which covers 1974-1983, mainly concerns the sales and display of Release Press books, and the James Tate-Bill Knott controversy.

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2/6-18

II. Release Press publications.,

Consists of material toward the books published by the Release Press. This material includes manuscript drafts to page proofs, and final copies of the books. The books are listed chronologically by year.
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1. 24 Drawings [Collection of drawings], by Paul Oppedisano and Harry Zirlin, , 1973. (1 item.)
Consists of the finished book only. This book is the second of 300 copies, and is signed by the artists.
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2. Hedged Bets [Collection of poems], by Larry Zirlin, , 1973. (8 items.)
Consists of material toward Hedged Bets.
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2/7.a. Draft. Consists of Ts draft of pamphlet., (1 item.)
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2/8.b. Corrected proofs., (1 item.)
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2/9.c. Layout material., (4 items.)
Consists of cover example, photo layout, 2 printer's photo-negatives.
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2/10.d. Finished pamphlet., (2 items.)
Consists of 2 finished pamphlets, one of which is incomplete and unassembled.
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3. One Shot Deal [Collection of ephemeral, collected by Larry Zirlin, Paul Oppedisano, and B. Pelasi, , 1973. (ca. 45 items.)
Material toward a pamphlet of collected ephemera.
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2/11.a. Ephemera., (ca. 24 items.)
Clippings, photos, and drawings, some used in One Shot Deal.
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2/12.b. Layout material., (ca. 20 items.)
Consists of proofs, printer's photo-negatives, page layout sketches, and a paste-up.
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2/13.c. Finished pamphlet., (1 item.)
The completed pamphlet One Shot Deal.
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4. Planning Escape [Collection of poems], by Alan Ziegler, , 1973. (9 items.)
Consists of material toward Planning Escape.
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2/14.a. Dummies., (4 items.)
A paste-up dummy of the book made with Ts and Ts(x) drafts of the poems, and a dummy used for arrangement; also 2 auto pages of notes.
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2/15.b. Paste-ups., (1 item.)
Paste-ups for the book.
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2/16.c. Layout material., (3 items.)
Consists of printer's photo-negatives, cover and title page layout material, and paste-ups of art for the book.
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2/17.d. Finished book., (1 item.)
A completed copy of Planning Escape.
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2/18.
5. Antipasta: 13 “O.K.” drawings [Collection of drawings], by Harry Zirlin, , 1974. (1 item.)
Consists of the finished book only.
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3/19-28
6. City Joys [Collection of poems], by Jack Anderson, , 1975. (4 items.)
Consists of material toward City Joys.
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3/19.a. Bound Ts draft of City Joys., (1 item.)
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3/20.b. Printer's photo-negatives., (1 item.)
Consists of printer's photo-negatives for City Joys.
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3/21.c. Paste-ups., (1 item.)
Paste-ups for City Joys.
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3/22.d. Finished copy., (1 item.)
Completed copy of City Joys.
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7. Rome in Rome [Collection of poems], by Bill Knott, , 1976. (ca. 12 items.)
Consists of material toward Rome in Rome.
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3/23-24.a. Drafts., (ca. 4 items.)
Consists of ca. 3 drafts, Ts and Ts(x), of poems for Rome in Rome, many with author's corrections; also auto notes with revisions for some of the poems.
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3/25.b. Paste-ups., (1 item.)
Paste-ups for Rome in Rome.
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3/26.c. Proofs., (1 item.)
Consists of a set of page proofs of the book.
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3/27.d. Cover material., (5 items.)
Consists of 4 photos of cover art, and cover layout material.
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3/28.e. Finished copy., (1 item.)
A completed copy of Rome in Rome.
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4/29-39
8. Sleeping Obsessions [Collection of poems], by Mercy Bona, , 1976. (38 items.)
Mercy Bona was the pen name used by Alan Ziegler, Larry Zirlin, and Harry Greenberg, who collaborated on the book. Consists of material toward Sleeping Obsessions.
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4/29.a. Draft., (1 item.)
Consists of a draft, Ts and Ts(x), of poems for Sleeping Obsessions.
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4/30.b. Paste-ups., (1 item.)
Paste-ups for Sleeping Obsessions.
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4/31.c. Photos., (26 items)
Consists of photos taken for Sleeping Obsessions.
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4/32.d. Cover material., (8 items.)
Consists of postcard with cover blurb, cover paste-ups and layout material.
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4/33.e. Proofs., (1 item.)
Page proofs of Sleeping Obsession.
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4/34.f. Finished copy., (1 item.)
Completed copy of Sleeping Obsessions.
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9. Lucky Darryl [novella], by Bill Knott and James Tate, , 1977. (8 items.)
Consists of material toward Lucky Darryl; finished copy not included.
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4/35-36.a. Drafts., (4 items.)
4 Ts(x) drafts of Lucky Darryl.
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4/37.b. Paste-ups., (1 item.)
Paste-ups for Lucky Darryl.
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4/38.c. Proofs., (1 item.)
One set of page proofs for Lucky Darryl.
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4/39.d. Cover material., (2 items.)
Consists of photo and layout material for the cover of Lucky Darryl.
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5/40-44
10. The Touch Code [Collection of poems], by John Love, , 1977. (ca. 9 items.)
Consists of material toward The Touch Code.
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5/40-41.a. Manuscript., (3 items.)
Consists of Ts and Ts(x) poems for The Touch Code and 2 bound Ts(x) mss.
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5/42.b. Paste-ups., (1 item.)
Paste-ups for The Touch Code.
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5/43.c. Layout material., (ca. 4 items.)
Cover layout material for The Touch Code.
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5/44.d. Finished copy., (1 item.)
Completed copy of The Touch Code.
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6/45-50
11. The Vanishings [Collection of prose pieces], by Philip Graham, , 1978. (24 items.)
Consists of material toward The Vanishings.
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6/45.a. Manuscript., (1 item.)
Ts(x) manuscript with corrections and printer's marks; also includes art for the book.
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6/46.b. Proofs., (2 items.)
Galley proofs for The Vanishings.
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6/47.c. Paste-ups., (1 item.)
Paste-ups for The Vanishings.
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6/48.d. Art., (16 items.)
Paste-ups and photo-negative prints of art for The Vanishings.
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6/49.e. Photocopies., (3 items.)
Consists of 3 photocopies of The Vanishings.
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6/50.f. Finished copy., (1 item.)
Completed copy of The Vanishings.
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7/51-62
12. Pond [Collection of poems], by Gay Phillipps, , 1978. (ca. 11 items.)
Consists of material toward Pond.
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7/51.a. Manuscript., (ca. 5 items.)
Consists of Ts and Ts(x) drafts of manuscripts of the book; also contains correspondence relating to corrections for the poems.
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7/52.b. Proofs., (1 item.)
Galley proofs for Pond.
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7/53.c. Paste-ups., (1 item.)
Consists of paste-ups for Pond.
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7/54.d. Cover material., (3 items.)
Consists of 2 photos and cover layout material.
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7/55.e. Finished copy., (1 item.)
Completed copy of Pond.
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13. In Search of Fred and Ethel Mertz [Collection of poems], by Karen Hubert, , 1979. (4 items.)
Consists of material toward In Search of Fred and Ethel Mertz.
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7/56.a. Paste-ups., (1 item.)
Consists of paste-ups for In Search of Fred and Ethel Mertz.
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7/57.b. Layout material., (2 items.)
Consists of photo and layout material for the book cover.
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7/58.c. Finished copy., (1 item.)
Completed copy of In Search of Fred and Ethel Mertz.
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14. On Sundays We Visit the In-Laws [Collection of stories], by Steven Schrader, , 1979. (8 items.)
Consists of material toward On Sundays We Visit the In-Laws.
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7/59.a. Proofs., (1 item.)
Galley proof for On Sundays We Visit the In-Laws.
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7/60.b. Paste-ups., (1 item.)
Consists of the paste-ups for On Sundays We Visit the In-Laws.
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7/61.c. Layout material., (2 items.)
Consists of 4 photos and cover layout material.
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7/62.d. Finished copy., (1 item.)
Completed copy of On Sundays We Visit the In-Laws.
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8/63-72
15. The Sleepless Night of Eugene Delacroix [Collection of prose pieces], by John Yau, , 1980. (8 items.)
Consists of material toward The Sleepless Night of Eugene Delacroix.
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8/63.a. Manuscripts. Ts and Ts(x) drafts of poem manuscripts by Yau; many of the poems are used in The Sleepless Night of Eugene Delacroix., (3 mss.)
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8/64.b. Proofs., (1 item.)
Galley proofs for The Sleepless Night of Eugene Delacroix.
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8/65.c. Paste-ups., (1 item.)
Consists of paste-ups for The Sleepless Night of Eugene Delacroix.
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8/66.d. Layout material., (2 items.)
Cover design and cover layout material.
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8/67.e. Finished copy., (1 item.)
Completed copy of The Sleepless Night of Eugene Delacroix.
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16. Intimate Apparel [Collection of prose pieces], by Terry Stokes, , 1980. (ca. 25 items.)
Consists of material toward Intimate Apparel.
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8/68.a. Manuscripts., (ca. 20 items.)
Consists of Ts(x) manuscripts of poems, most used for Intimate Apparel. Also a letter from Stokes with suggestions for the book's arrangement.
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8/69.b. Proofs., (1 item.)
Galley proofs of Intimate Apparel.
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8/70.c. Paste-ups., (1 item.)
Paste-ups of Intimate Apparel.
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8/71.d. Cover material., (2 items.)
Cover design and photo.
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8/72.e. Finished copy., (1 item.)
Completed copy of Intimate Apparel.
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9/73-80
17. So Much To Do [Collection of poems], by Alan Ziegler, , 1981. (11 items.)
Consists of material toward So Much To Do.
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9/73.a. Manuscript., (2 items.)
2 Ts(x) manuscripts, one with marks for the printer.
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9/74.b. Proofs., (3 items.)
3 sets of galley proofs for So Much To Do.
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9/75.c. Paste-ups., (1 item.)
Consists of the paste-ups for So Much To Do.
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9/76.d. Layout material., (4 items.)
Consists of several different cover layouts for the book.
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9/77.e. Finished copy., (1 item.)
Completed copy of So Much To Do.
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18. Almost Happy [Collection of poems], by Ross Talarico, , 1981. (21 items.)
Consists of material toward Almost Happy.
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9/78-80.a. Manuscripts., (9 items.)
Consists of Ts and Ts(x) drafts of Almost Happy, and miscellaneous correspondence relating to the manuscript.
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10/81-8910/81.b. Proofs., (2 items.)
2 sets of galley proofs (one is incomplete) of Almost Happy.
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10/82.c. Paste-ups., (1 item.)
Consists of paste-ups for Almost Happy.
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10/83.d. Layout material., (8 items.)
Consists of 4 photos, slides and photo negatives, and cover layout.
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10/84.e. Finished copy., (1 item.)
Completed copy of Almost Happy.
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19. Selected Poems [Collection of poems], by Jack Anderson, , 1983. (ca. 35 items.)
Consists of material toward Selected Poems.
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10/85.a. Miscellany., (20 items.)
Consists of correspondence, lists, notes, blurbs, and book reviews relating to Selected Poems or the books excerpted in it.
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10/86.b. Manuscript., (1 item.)
Consists of Ts and Ts(x) manuscript of Selected Poems.
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10/87-89.c. Proofs., (5 items.)
5 sets of galley proofs for Selected Poems.
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11/90.d. Paste-ups., (1 item.)
Consists of paste-ups for Selected Poems.
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11/91.e. Proofs., (1 item.)
One set of page proofs.
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11/92.f. Cover layout material., (6 items.)
Consists of photo, book jacket, title lettering proof, and 3 cover layouts.
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11/93.g. Finished copy., (1 item.)
Completed copy of Selected Poems.

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Series III. Unpublished manuscripts., (5 items.)

Consists of manuscripts by various authors which were sent to the Release Press, but were not published.
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1. Collected Death Warrants. By Jay Boggis., (1 item.)
Consists of bound Ts(x) manuscript.
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2. Turgor. By Jay Boggis., (1 item.)
Consists of Ts(x) manuscript.
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12/95.
3. Pure Ignorance. By Jay Boggis., (1 item.)
Bound Ts(x) manuscript.
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12/96.
4. Truth Poems 1968-1978. By Sam Abrams., (1 item.)
Consists of Ts(x) manuscript.
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12/97.
5. New American Legends from a White American Freak. By Arlene Stone., (1 item.)
Consists of bound Ts(x) manuscript.

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12/98.

Series IV. Miscellaneous publishing or layout material., (ca. 13 items.)

Consists of miscellaneous material toward a Some magazine cover and a postcard of ephemera, and unidentified art and layout materials.

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Series V. Submissions and related correspondence., (ca. 25 items.)

Consists of miscellaneous or unidentified submissions to Some and the Release Press, and some correspondence relating to these submissions. Authors and correspondents include: Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Douglas Blazek, Opal Nations, Andrei Codrescu, Albert Goldbarth, John M. Bennett, David Shevin, Stephen Dunning, Evelyn Shefner, Sam Abrams, Brian Swann, and others.

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Series VI. Business Material., (ca. 921 items.)

The business material for the Release Press consists of book orders and sales information, small press information, Library of Congress material, grant applications and information, bills and receipts, checkbook and invoice book, postal miscellany, storage and production bills, and a Standard Book Numbering list (computer printout) of Release Press books. Included with the book orders is correspondence from Charles Simic, Maurice English, and Opal Nations.

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Series VII. Miscellany., (ca. 112 items.)

Consists of miscellaneous items such as publicity layout material, reviews and book cover blurbs, Bill Knott interview transcript, unidentified or miscellaneous correspondence, and other assorted miscellany. Correspondence related to reviews and blurbs includes letters from Douglas Blazek and Louis Simpson.

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