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Theodore Weiss Publishing Correspondence


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Theodore Russell Weiss (born December 16, 1916) was a poet, educator and editor, who, along with his wife, Renée Karol Weiss, edited and published the independent literary journal Quarterly Review of Literature for nearly six decades. Theodore (Ted) Weiss graduated from Muhlenberg College with an A.B. in 1938, and from Columbia University with a M.A. in 1940. He began his academic career at the University of Maryland (summer of 1941), then taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1942-44), Yale University (1944-46), Bard College (1947-66), and Princeton University (1966-87), where he was the William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor for Ancient and Modern Literature from 1977 until his retirement in 1987. Weiss' work was published widely, including the following books of poetry: The World Before Us: Poems, 1950-1970 (Macmillan, 1970), Fireweeds (Macmillan, 1976), A Slow Fuse: New Poems (Macmillan, 1984), and A Sum of Destructions (Louisiana State University Press, 1995). He died in April of 2003 in Princeton, NJ.

Consists of 61 letters between Theodore Weiss and editors at Macmillian Publishing. The majority of the letters are from Weiss to Arthur Gregor and Ray Roberts in which he updates them on his writing progress, travel plans, public reading schedule, and personal news. Also included is an advertisement for Weiss' publication Views & Spectacles: New and Selected Shorter Poems, a program for an awards ceremony in the Creative Arts at Brandeis University, a printed interview with Crazyhorse magazine, and a few news clippings concerning Weiss.

Purchase, 2018 (AM 2018-97).

This collection was processed by Chloe Pfendler in May 2018. Finding aid written by Chloe Pfendler in May 2018.

No materials were removed from the collection during 2018 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Manuscripts Division
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Chloe Pfendler
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Collection Inventory

Gregor, Arthur, 1966-1969. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Levien, Jane, 1976 May 12. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Roberts, Ray, 1969-1982. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Interview with Ted Weiss.", 1972 March. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Program for the Twenty-first Annal Presentation of Ceremony of the Jack I. and Lillian L. Poses Brandeis University Creative Arts Awards, 1977 April 20. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Clippings and Advertisements, 1978-1979. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Print, Suggest