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Renée Weiss Papers

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Weiss, Renée Karol.

Renée Karol Weiss (1923-2021) was an editor, writer, musician, and dancer. Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Abraham S. Karol and Elizabeth (Levitt) Karol, Weiss graduated from Bard College in 1951. She studied dance and violin, and was a member of multiple orchestras and music ensembles. Renée and her husband, poet and professor Theodore Weiss (1916-2003), edited the literary magazine, Quarterly Review of Literature (QRL), for nearly sixty years from 1944 to 1999. In their last years together, Renée and Theodore wrote poems together. The final QRL publication, The Always Present Present, (2003) was a collection of their jointly written poems, love letters from Theodore to Renée, and a biography of the magazine.

The collection consists of various personal and professional papers of editor and writer Renée Karol Weiss (1923-2021). Materials include incoming correspondence to Renée and her husband Theodore Weiss (1916-2003), as well as an almost daily run of love letters from Theodore to Renée from 1939 to 1941 that the couple published in The Always Present Present (2003). Other materials include travel diaries and related ephemera, notebooks, writings, and a few files of primarily correspondence relating to the Quarterly Review of Literature (QRL).

Some of the correspondence and writings relate specifically to Theodore Weiss. Most of the original folder titles, when descriptions did exist, were maintained.

Gift of Theresa Roth Schaff, niece and executor of Renée Weiss, in April 2021 (AM 2022-009).

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This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in May 2022. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in May 2022.

No materials were removed from the collection during 2022 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

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Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Faith Charlton
Finding Aid Date
2022 May
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Collection Inventory

Travel-Related Materials, circa 1950-1990. 6 folders.
Scope and Contents

Includes travel diaries and notebooks, photographs, and souvenir ephemera

Physical Description

6 folders

Bard College Notebook, circa 1950. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Personal and Professional Notebooks, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

One notebook includes information regarding later editions of QRL

Physical Description

1 folder

To Win a Race, 1966. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondence and publication-related materials with Macmillan Publishers

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

3 folders

Views & Spectacles, 1979-1980. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Publication materials

Physical Description

1 folder

Soiled in the Working: Hamlet and Eliot, 2000. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Draft and notes for "Soiled in the Working: Hamlet and Eliot for The American Poetry Review (Vol. 29, no. 6 November/Decemeber 2000)

Physical Description

1 folder

Responses to Submitted Work, 1944-1980. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Rapid Reading Instructional Materials, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters from Theodore to Renée, 1939 October - 1941 June. 12 folders.
Scope and Contents

Almost daily correspondence.

Physical Description

12 folders

Letters from Theodore to Renée- Annotated Transcripts, circa 2003. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters from Theodore to Renée- Typed Transcripts, circa 2003. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Personal Correspondence to Renée and Theodore, 1938-1951. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes letters from Renée's parents around the time of their marriage

Physical Description

1 folder

Personal and Professional Correspondence to Renée and Theodore, 1980-2002. 4 folders.
Scope and Contents

Correspondence from and friends, colleagues, and former students, including several letters from Warren Carrier. Some are related to QRL.

Physical Description

4 folders

Scope and Contents

Includes mostly correspondence along with copies of writings and articles, and writing submissions, including some with revisions.

Physical Description

8 folders

Letters Regarding David Schubert Issue, 1984. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Archimedes, 1993-1995. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with James Dashow and others.

Physical Description

1 folder

Writing Submissions from Prisoners, 1982-1992. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Authors and Former Staff, circa 1960-2006. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

General Files and Correspondence, circa 1960-2006. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

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