Finding-Aid for the Michael McClure Letters (VMF106)


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Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information


Collection Outline

Michael McClure to Henry Wenning. 1961: Dec. 9.

Michael McClure to Henry Wenning. [1961]

Michael McClure to Henry Wenning. [1962: Jan. 8]

Michael McClure to Henry Wenning. [1962: Sept. 13]

San Francisco. Michael McClure to Henry Wenning. Thanks him for broadside received. [1962: Nov. 14]

Michael McClure to Henry Wenning. 1962: Nov. 27.

Michael McClure to Henry Wenning. 1963: Aug. 16.

Michael McClure to Henry Wenning. [1963]

Michael McClure to Henry Wenning. [1963: Aug. 26]

Michael McClure to Henry Wenning 1964: May 29.

Henry Wenning to Michael McClure 1964: June 2.

San Francisco. Michael McClure to Henry Wenning. [1965]

1965: Aug. 4.

Marshall Clements, American Book dealer, to Henry Wenning. [n.y.] Sept. 10.

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: McClure , Michael , 1932- , American author.
Title: Michael McClure Letters
Dates: 1961-1965.
Quantity: 14 items
Identification: VMF106[Accession: 1247]

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Biographical Note

For information on McClure's published works, see `A catalog of works by Michael McClure, 1956-1965', compiled by Marshall Clements (Phoenix Book Shop, 1965). McClure wrote of himself in 1967: "I was born in the wheat and oil state of Kansas on October 20th, the same day as Rimbaud, in 1932. I grew up in Seattle on black beaches of the Pacific Ocean and returned to Wichita Kansas and blossomed in a Kansas college in an aura of jazz, William Blake, Swedenborg, and the Visionary Surrealists. I made trips to New York and spent a year in Arizona. I am an atheist who believes in Jesus and the Greek poet of joy, Anacreon. I am fascinated by Billy the Kid and Jean Harlow. In the nine years I've lived in San Francisco I've made a trip to the Orient (as marchant seaman), flights to New York, reading tours through the U.S., and two trips to Mexico (once to the mountains of Oaxaco to take films of the sacred mushroom). My poems and prose have appeared in The Nation, Evergreen Review, Yugen, Poetry, Big Table, City Lights Journal and Kulchur. I have an unpublished novel of a boy's 17th year titled The Mad Cub. My eyes are intense dark brown and sometimes insane. I believe in LIBERTY, BEAUTY, FREEDOM, AND THE CREATION OF MY SOUL AND HELPING OTHERS IN THE CREATION OF THEIRS through poetry." (Cover, Ghost Tantras, 1967). See Miscellany Collection folder for further information.

Allen Ginsberg: "McClure's poetry is a blob of protoplasmic energy." (Big Table)

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Scope and Contents Note

Letters, Michael McClure to Henry Wenning, American book dealer and publisher, 1961-1965, ALsS, TLsS [12 items] Written from San Francisco, Tucson. Henry Wenning to Michael McClure, 1964, 1 ts.[carbon] Unsigned letter. Marshall Clements, American book dealer, to Henry Wenning, Sept. 10, n.y. 1 ALS.

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Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

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Administrative Information

Source

Gift, 1971

Processing Information

Processed: January, 1971, by HH

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5/McClure

Michael McClure to Henry Wenning., 1961: Dec. 9. (ALS, 5 pp.)

San Francisco.
Thanks him for inquiry through Dave Meltzer about his manuscripts of The New Book/A Book of torture [collection of poems] Explains the development of the collection and describes the writing of the poems. Comments on several individual poems, including For Artaud, Flowers of politics, A cool pamphlet, Small secret book, The mad sonnet. [Added page?] requests payment and agrees to terms. Pencil notation upper right corner incorrectly reads `Nov. 61'

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Michael McClure to Henry Wenning., [1961] (ALS, 2 pp.)

San Francisco.
Discusses hopes and rationale for sale of manuscripts. Discusses Small secret book [poem] and The New Book/A book of torture. Comments that Dark Brown [collection of poems] was sold by Larry Walrich for an agreeable sum. Mentions Marie Bergamini. Note on essay about Small secret book appended.

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Michael McClure to Henry Wenning., [1962: Jan. 8] (ACS)

San Francisco.
Comments on bomb photograph, `illustrated' A New Book/..., a book of essays he is re-writing -- [Meat Science Essays?] and agrees that Wenning should hold "the material" for a better venture.

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Michael McClure to Henry Wenning., [1962: Sept. 13] (ALS, 1 p.)

San Francisco.
Comments on Meat science essays, an unidentified book of poems he is working on, a Peyote Poem broadside and mentions summer employment in an hallucinogenic research project. Oversize paper, folded.

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San Francisco. Michael McClure to Henry Wenning. Thanks him for broadside received., [1962: Nov. 14] (A.postalcardS.)

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Discusses plans for sale of Ghost Tantras and extensively explains his feelings and intent with the collection. Remarks on the downfall of his faith in science.
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Michael McClure to Henry Wenning., 1962: Nov. 27. (TLS, 2 pp.)

San Francisco.

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Michael McClure to Henry Wenning., 1963: Aug. 16. (TLS, 1 p.)

San Francisco.
Asks for Samuel Beckett's address in order to send him copy of Meat science essays. Briefly describes work and activities -- preparation for teaching and says he is working on a play [unidentified]. Offers manuscripts of Meat science essays to Wenning to sell. Mentions Ginsberg.

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Michael McClure to Henry Wenning., [1963] (ALS, 1 p.)

San Francisco.
Remarks that he is including message for forwarding of Meat science essays to Beckett.

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Michael McClure to Henry Wenning., [1963: Aug. 26] (ALS, 1 p.)

San Francisco.
Discusses Meat Science essays. Asks Wenning to send a copy to Beckett. Relates that he sent copies to Sartre and Genet and hopes to send to others. States that he put Billy the Kid into prose -- [The Blossom: or Billy the Kid?] [theatre script]

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Michael McClure to Henry Wenning, 1964: May 29. (ALS, 1 p.)

San Francisco.
Explains bound, limited edition of book [unidentified] delayed at printer. Mentions Dean Stockwell.

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Henry Wenning to Michael McClure, 1964: June 2. (Ts. [carbon] Unsigned.)

New Haven.
Thanks him for notifying him of delay.

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San Francisco. Michael McClure to Henry Wenning., [1965] (ALS, 1 p.)

Mentions Poisoned Wheat [collection of poems], The beard [play] a copy of which he hopes Wenning will forward to Beckett. Pleads ignorance of ways of directors and producers. Remarks that Ginsberg elected King of the May at Prague Youth Festival.

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, 1965: Aug. 4. (ALS, 2 pp.)

Tucson.
McClure to Wenning. Apologizes for apparent failure to send copy of the play [The beard] Suggests Robert Hawley, Oakland, California may have a copy. Mentions Marshall Clements, (Phoenix Book Shop) is compiling a biblio-catalog of his works, to be published by `Evil' Wilson. Comments on Beckett's All that fall [play] and Dean Stockwell's taped version of it; and hopes that Beckett will like it.

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Marshall Clements, American Book dealer, to Henry Wenning., [n.y.] Sept. 10. (ALS, 1 p.)

New York.
Announces return of McClure series of letters to Wenning hoping that he will want them.

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