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Stephen Berg papers

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Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

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Stephen Berg was a Philadelphia born poet, professor, and editor who made that city his home for the majority of his career. Born on August 2, 1934, he briefly attended the University of Pennsylvania in addition to other colleges before graduating from the University of Iowa in 1959.

He went on to co-found the American Poetry Review in 1972, based in Philadelphia, and continued on as editor until his death. He also taught at several area institutions including Temple University, Princeton University, Haverford College, and the University of the Arts.

A prolific writer and publisher, he was awarded several prizes throughout his lifetime including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, Pew Fellowship, PEN Translation Fellowship, and the Frank O'Hara Prize.

Berg was married to Millie Lane and had three daughters: Margot, Clair, and Emily. He died on June 12, 2014, after struggling with declining health due to a cancer diagnosis.

This collection includes poetry manuscripts and published poetry and nonfiction books by Stephen Berg. In some cases, such as the poetry collections Halo (1999), In It (1986), Oblivion (1995), Porno Diva Numero Uno (2000), With Akhmatova at the Black Gates (1981), and X= (2002), the collection includes early typescript versions and proofs, often with the author's annotations, as well as the final published version of each work. In others, such as Crow with No Mouth (1989), Cuckoo's Blood (2007), The Daughters (1971), and Here (2013), there is no published version included. In others, such as The Elegy on Hats (2005), New and Selected Poems (1992), and The Poetry Does Not Matter (2010), only the published version is included.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by title of published work, with the drafts of a given work arranged chronologically. In some cases, such as various typescript versions of a given manuscript, the chronology can be difficult to pinpoint; in such cases, similar typescript versions have been placed together.

Gift of Clair Berg-Meyerowitz, 2016

Publisher
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Sam Allingham
Finding Aid Date
2018 June 4
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Proofs, 2014.
Box 1 Folder 1
Published version, 2014.
Box 1 Folder 2

lkkyu Sojun: a Zen monk and his poetry, by Sonja Arntzen (research for Crow with No Mouth), 1974.
Box 1 Folder 3
Proofs, 1989.
Box 1 Folder 4
Master typescript.
Box 1 Folder 5
Various typescript versions, 1989.
Box 1 Folder 6-8

Proofs, 2007.
Box 1 Folder 9-10

Typescript, 1971.
Box 1 Folder 11-12
Photocopied pages from published version, 1971.
Box 1 Folder 13

Published version, 2005.
Box 1 Folder 14

Various typescripts, 2001.
Box 1 Folder 15
Published version, 2001.
Box 1 Folder 16

Sovegnanos (early version of Halo), 1998.
Box 1 Folder 17
Typescript, 1998-1999.
Box 1 Folder 18-20
Proofs, 1999.
Box 1 Folder 21
Final proof, 2000.
Box 1 Folder 22
Published version, 1999.
Box 1 Folder 23

Various typescripts, 2013.
Box 1 Folder 24
Proofs, 2013.
Box 1 Folder 25

Proofs, 1991.
Box 1 Folder 26

Various typescripts, 1986.
Box 2 Folder 1
Proofs, 1986.
Box 2 Folder 2-4
Photocopied pages from published version, 1986.
Box 2 Folder 5
Published work, 1986.
Box 2 Folder 6

Various typescripts, 1995.
Box 2 Folder 7

Published UK version, 1992.
Box 2 Folder 8
Published US version, 1992.
Box 2 Folder 9

Typescript, 1972.
Box 2 Folder 10

Various typescripts, 1995.
Box 2 Folder 11-12
Various typescripts and proof pages, 1995.
Box 2 Folder 13
Various typescripts with jacket copy, 1995.
Box 2 Folder 14
Author's proof, 1995.
Box 2 Folder 15
Master proof set, 1995.
Box 2 Folder 16
Page proof with jacket, 1995.
Box 2 Folder 17
Published version, 1995.
Box 2 Folder 18
Dust jacket and cover mock-up, 1995.
Drawer 99 Folder unknown container

Proofs, circa 1969.
Box 2 Folder 19

Typescript, 1995, July.
Box 2 Folder 20

Published version, 2010.
Box 3 Folder 1

Typescript.
Box 3 Folder 2-3
Proofs, 2000.
Box 3 Folder 4
Published version.
Box 3 Folder 5

Rimbaud, typescript, 1993 May.
Box 3 Folder 6
Published version, 2005.
Box 3 Folder 7

Typescript, 1998.
Box 3 Folder 8
Published version, 1998.
Box 3 Folder 9

Published version, 2013.
Box 3 Folder 10

Published version, 1997.
Box 3 Folder 11

photocopies of Akhmatova poems used as a basis for With Akhmatova at the Black Gates, 1980.
Box 3 Folder 12
Poems by Akhmatova and variations by Berg, circa 1980.
Box 3 Folder 13
Various poems by Berg later collected in the book, circa 1980.
Box 3 Folder 14
Various typescripts, circa 1980.
Box 3 Folder 15-17
Typescript with cover, 1980.
Box 3 Folder 18
Proofs, 1980.
Box 3 Folder 19
Corrected proofs, 1980.
Box 3 Folder 20
Proofs, 1980.
Box 4 Folder 1
Photocopied pages from published version, 1980.
Box 4 Folder 2
Published version, 1981.
Box 4 Folder 3

Treatise on the Rainbow (early version of X=), circa 2001.
Box 4 Folder 4
Typescript, 2001.
Box 4 Folder 5-7
Proofs, 2002 April 30.
Box 4 Folder 8
Published version, 2002 .
Box 4 Folder 9

Published version, 2013.
Box 4 Folder 10

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