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Collection on New Poems, 1943, Edited by Oscar Williams

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Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964

Oscar Williams was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1900. He worked at various advertising agencies between 1921 and 1937. His first book of poetry, The Golden Darkness, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1921. Williams continued to work as an editor and created several anthologies. His anthologies were frequently used as textbooks in university courses.

The collection consists of material relating to the publication of New Poems, 1943: An Anthology of British and American Verse (New York, N.Y.: Howell, Soskin, Publishers, 1943), a collection of war poetry edited by Williams. The majority of the collection is composed of correspondence by the contributing poets to Williams, and both corrected and uncorrected galley proofs of poems. Among those who wrote to Williams are John Berryman, e. e. cummings, Robert Lowell, Archibald MacLeish, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, Allen Tate, and Mark Van Doren. There is also a complete typed manuscript of the anthology, including Williams' introduction and background material about the 40 poets represented.

The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ALS = autograph letter signed, TLS = typed letter signed, TNS = typed note signed, and TMsS = typed manuscript signed.

The collection has been organized alphabetically by author, with miscellaneous material at the end.

Originally, this collection formed part of Princeton's Archives of American Literature.

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This collection was processed by Rachel Jordan in 2004. Finding aid written by Rachel Jordan in 2004.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Rachel Jordan
Finding Aid Date
2004
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"Nuit Blanche: North End," galley proof, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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TMs poem "This Poem is Love,", undated. 1 folder.
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ALS to Stellof of Gotham Book Mart, undated. 1 folder.
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"Eight Secular Elegies," galley proofs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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TLS to Williams, 1943. 1 folder.
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"Boston Common," galley proof, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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"Views of the Favorite Colleges," galley proof (corrected), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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list of errors for Williams, TN, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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"Eight Poems," galley proof (corrected), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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"It's Other Boys Who Live Afraid," galley proof (corrected), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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TLS to Williams, 1943. 1 folder.
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"Speech from a Play," galley proof (corrected), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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"To Our Lady on the Eve of the Immaculate Conception, 1942 December 8" galley proof (corrected), 1942 December 8. 1 folder.
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TLS to Williams, 1944. 1 folder.
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"Geography of this Time," galley proof (corrected), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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TLS to Williams, 1943. 1 folder.
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galley proof (corrected) for "In Distrust of Merits", dates not examined. 1 folder.
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"Song," "The Key," "The Child in the Great Wood," and "Long Past Moncada," galley proofs (corrected), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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ALS (on torn envelope) to Williams, 1943. 1 folder.
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"Genesis," galley proof (corrected), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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TLS to Williams, 1943. 1 folder.
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"Chocorua to its Neighbor," "No Possum, No Sop, No Taters," and "Return," galley proofs (corrected), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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ALS to Williams, 1943. 1 folder.
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"Ode: To Our Young Pro-Counsels of the Air," "Jubilo," and "More Sonnets at Christmas," galley proofs (corrected), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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"Largo," "Poem," and "Images of Disaster," galley proofs (corrected), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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ALS to Williams, 1943. 1 folder.
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"Autonomous," "Down World," and "Our Lady Peace," galley proofs (corrected), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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TLS to Williams, 1943. 1 folder.
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"To a Military Rifle, 1942" "Summer Noon, 1941" "A Winter Evening," and "A Testament," galley proofs (corrected), 1942. 1 folder.
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ALS to Williams, 1943. 1 folder.
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"Death by Rarity," "Speculative Evening," "A Crystal Principle," and "The Parachutist," galley proofs (corrected), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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corrected typescript and tearsheets, 230 pp., dates not examined. 1 folder.
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"Original manuscript edited by Oscar Williams, ", 1944 August 25. 1 folder.
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uncorrected galley proofs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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