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Norman Macleod manuscripts


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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American editor, educator, and poet Norman Wicklund Macleod was born October 1, 1906, in Salem, Oregon.

After receiving a B.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1930, Macleod continued his education at the University of Southern California (1931-1932) and the University of Oklahoma (1934), before receiving a master's degree from Columbia University in 1936.

Norman Macleod began his editing career as the American editor of

Front (Netherlands) and Morada (Italy), serving both from 1930–1932. From 1932 to 1978 Macleod worked in a variety of editing positions, including reader and circulation assistant for Harper & Brothers (1932–1934), editorial director of the Maryland Quarterly (1942–1944) and Briarcliff Quarterly (1944–1947), guest editor of Cronos (1947), and editor of Pembroke Magazine (1969–1978).

Macleod began teaching in 1939 as instructor in poetry at the New York Poetry Center, where he worked until 1942. From 1942 until 1978, he was on the faculty of numerous high schools, colleges, and universities, including the University of Maryland, San Francisco State College, and the University of Baghdad (Iraq). His final and most lengthy residence was as Associate Professor of English, poet-in-residence, and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Pembroke State University in Pembroke, North Carolina (1967–1978).

Although Macleod is most often recognized for his poetry, he also wrote two novels,

You Get What You Ask For (1939) and The Bitter Roots (1941), plus an autobiography, I Never Lost Anything in Istanbul (1978). His collections of poetry include his first book, Horizons of Death, published by Parnassus in 1934, as well as Thanksgiving Before November (1936), We Thank You All the Time (1941), A Man in Midpassage (1947), Pure as Nowhere (1962), Selected Poems (1975), and The Distance: New and Selected Poems, 1928-1977 (1977).

Norman Macleod was awarded the Horace Gregory Award in 1973 for his work as a poet, novelist, editor, and teacher. On June 5, 1985, Macleod died in Greenville, North Carolina.

Locher, Frances Carol (ed.) Contemporary Authors. Volumes 73-76. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1978. pp. 390-391. May, Hal (ed.) Contemporary Authors. Volume 116. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1986. p. 297.

An autobiography, fifteen poems, one short story, two resumes, a lecture, and several compilations of reviews of his work comprise this collection of manuscripts written by or related to American poet Norman Macleod.

In addition to these twenty-four items (.3 linear ft.), tear sheets for Polly Hardy's article, "Introducing Norman Macleod," are available as part of this collection. Although most of the material is undated, it appears that the majority of the manuscripts were written between 1940 and 1951.

In addition to the fifteen poems by Macleod, numerous typescript drafts of poems (plus drafts of letters) are found on the verso of pages of Macleod's autobiography,

Period One.

Descriptions of each manuscript are available in the contents list. This small group of manuscripts provides examples of Macleod's writing style and an idea of how the author viewed his own work.

Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes

Purchase, April 1986.

Processed by Anita A. Wellner, August 1995. Encoded by Thomas Pulhamus, March 2010. Further encoding by Lauren Connolly, November 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2010 March 8
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Typescript (carbon) with extensive autograph corrections. The title page bears an autograph note: "Second copy of first draft" and is signed by Macleod. Numerous pages bear typescript poems or drafts of letters on the verso.

Pages 1-158.
Folder F1
Pages 159-270.
Folder F2
Pages 271-401.
Folder F3
Folder F4

Typescript short story, with cover and acknowledgement page.
Folder F5
Physical Description

21 pp.

Fifteen typescript poems with some typescript comments or autograph notes about the publication history of particular poems.
Folder F6
Scope and Contents

Poems include "Golden Cripple," "Newsreel," "The Electric Air," "Sons of Soil," "Song of Masses," "20th Century Bucking Broncho," "Booze Runners," "Red Year," "Twisted Poem," "In Memory: Northern Navajo," "Nigger Cabins: Alabama," "Boulevard Stop," "Mill Workers," "Charnel Rose," and "The Hunkey's Vision."

Physical Description

16 pp.

Typescript lecture and critique of this poem by an unidentified writer.
Folder F7
Scope and Contents

The text includes Macleod's poem, "Cold Memory."

Physical Description

6 pp.

Two versions of Norman Macleod's resume titled "Supplement to the Application of Norman Macleod.".
Folder F8
Scope and Contents

Includes a mimeographed typescript compiled ca. 1941 and a printed version (ca. 1948).

Physical Description

9 pp.

Two typescript versions of "Critical Comments on the Work of Norman Macleod" and one page of another draft of the same work.
Folder F9
Scope and Contents

Includes reviews of Macleod's books, You Get What You Ask For and Horizons of Death, as well as excerpts from Ikeda's article, "The Poetical Style of Norman Macleod."

Physical Description

24 pp.

Tear sheets, from an unidentified magazine, of Polly Hardy's article, "Introducing Norman Macleod.".
Folder F10
Scope and Contents

Includes two poems by Macleod titled "Period Piece" (1940) and "Short Order Over the Stand" (1942).

Physical Description

3 pp.

Print, Suggest