Finding-Aid for the Philip Whalen Collection (VMF184)


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Table of Contents

Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Box and Folder Listing


Collection Outline

Papers 1950-1958

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Whalen, Philip, 1923-2002, American author
Title: Philip Whalen Collection
Identification: VMF184

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Biographical Note

For biographical and bibliographical information, see Paul Christensen, "Philip Whalen," in The Beats: Literary Bohemians in Postwar America, ed. Ann Charters, Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 16 (Detroit: Gale Research, 1983), 554- 572.

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Scope and Contents Note

1958: October 11-February 27, 1960. Autograph notebook containing two rhymes, several addresses, proposed menu, several lines of untitled poetry, and description of hike with Locke around Mt. Tamalpais on April 18, 1959. Also contains impressions of San Francisco, written during a walk on February 27, 1960. 17 pp. Brief dialogue-play, written March 12, 1969, based on traditional Prometheus legend. 10 pp. Whalen’s hand [pencil]; yellow spiral notebook. 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 27 pp. 1956: August 31. Autograph notebook containing addresses, notes on behavior of teenagers, etc. Whalen’s hand [pencil]; blue spiral notebook. 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 5 pp. c. 1950. Autograph notebook containing draft of untitled prose work in four sequential chapter installments, beginning “At the age of thirty I decided to learn all about love.” Relates, in first person narrative, the antics of an unnamed character in pursuit of knowledge about love. Other characters included Gordon, Irene, Andrea. Includes character’s description of certain adolescent experiences, family relations, proposals to improve the texture of life in the world. Dream (drug?) sequence involving transformation of body and perceptions. Possibly early draft of unpublished novel titled Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Other prose title possibilities are: Invisible Idylls and The Diamond Noodle. Whalen’s hand. [ink] Occasional lines and words revised, most in ink, some in pencil. Blue cloth covers. 7 1/4 x 9 1/8 39 pp.

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Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

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Administrative Information

Source

Unknown.

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff.

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Box and Folder Listing

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Box/folder
9/Whalen

Papers, 1950-1958 (3 items)

1958: October 11-February 27, 1960. Autograph notebook containing two rhymes, several addresses, proposed menu, several lines of untitled poetry, and description of hike with Locke around Mt. Tamalpais on April 18, 1959. Also contains impressions of San Francisco, written during a walk on February 27, 1960. 17 pp. Brief dialogue-play, written March 12, 1969, based on traditional Prometheus legend. 10 pp. Whalen’s hand [pencil]; yellow spiral notebook. 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 27 pp. 1956: August 31. Autograph notebook containing addresses, notes on behavior of teenagers, etc. Whalen’s hand [pencil]; blue spiral notebook. 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 5 pp. c. 1950. Autograph notebook containing draft of untitled prose work in four sequential chapter installments, beginning “At the age of thirty I decided to learn all about love.” Relates, in first person narrative, the antics of an unnamed character in pursuit of knowledge about love. Other characters included Gordon, Irene, Andrea. Includes character’s description of certain adolescent experiences, family relations, proposals to improve the texture of life in the world. Dream (drug?) sequence involving transformation of body and perceptions. Possibly early draft of unpublished novel titled Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Other prose title possibilities are: Invisible Idylls and The Diamond Noodle. Whalen’s hand. [ink] Occasional lines and words revised, most in ink, some in pencil. Blue cloth covers. 7 1/4 x 9 1/8 39 pp.
This collection has been boxed with other collections in ten boxes stored at locations B-7-6 and B-7-7. Within the boxes, the collections are arranged sequentially by collection number, and then by folder.

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