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Lewis Warsh collection


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

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Delaware Library Special Collections. 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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American poet, novelist, and editor Lewis Warsh was born in New York City in 1944. He received his B.A. and M.A. from City College of the City University of New York and has taught at various institutions since 1973, including Queens College, Farleigh Dickinson University, SUNY Albany, and Long Island University. In 1965, Warsh attended the Berkeley Poetry Conference where he met poet Anne Waldman; during the late 1960s, Warsh was active among a group of New York poets and writers centered around The Poetry Project Project at St. Mark's Church, including Ted Berrigan, Bernadette Mayer, Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, and George Schneeman. In 1966, along with Waldman, Warsh co-founded and edited

Angel Hair Magazine and Angel Hair Books, which published over 70 volumes of poetry and fiction from British and American authors. Since 1977, Warsh has served as the editor of United Artists Books.

Warsh has published more than fifteen collections of poetry, including

The Suicide Rates (1967), Hives (1979), Money under the Table (1997), and Inseparable: Poems (2008); six novels, including A Place in the Sun (2010); three autobiographical works; and a translation of Robert Desnos's Night of Loveless Nights (1973). In 2002, Warsh co-edited an anthology of the Angel Hair Magazine in 2002 with Waldman titled Angel Hair Sleeps with a Boy in My Head: The Angel Hair Anthology.

"Lewis Warsh." ( accessed October 22, 2010.

The Lewis Warsh collection is a small collection of materials related to publishing projects by Warsh and those produced by his Angel Hair Books and United Artists Books. The collection spans the dates between 1968 and 2001 and consists of material at various stages of the publication process, including mock-ups, advanced uncorrected proofs, uncorrected galley proofs, and cover art. Titles by Warsh include his 1968

Moving Through Air, The Origins of the World (2001) and Ted’s Favorite Skirt (2001); works by Warsh's publishing companies include The California Papers (1981) by Steve Carey, The Sonnets (1982) by Ted Berrigan, and Political Conditions/Physical States (1993) by Tom Savage. The items in the collection are arranged according to date of publication.

  1. Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize (18 inches)

Purchase, 2006.

Processed by Karalee Kopreski, April 2006. Updated by Maureen Cech, November 2010.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2010 October 22
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

Collection Inventory

Moving Through the Air by Lewis Warsh, 1968.
Box 1 Folder F1
Scope and Contents

Mock-up for cover. Published by Angel Hair Books. Black and white print mounted on heavy white board with overlaying mylar sheet.

Angel Hair 6, 1969.
Box 1 Folder F2
Scope and Contents

Cover art for

Angel Hair magazine, the sixth and final issue. Cover art is ink drawing with holograph notes in pencil.
The California Papers by Steve Carey, 1981.
Box 1 Folder F3
Scope and Contents

Mock-up. Published by United Artists. Blocks of text are taped into the pages of a book with unrelated cover for Clark Coolidge's

Own Face. Holograph corrections throughout book. Business card for New York Attorney John D. Gorman is loosely laid-in on page 34.
The Sonnets by Ted Berrigan, 1982.
Box 1 Folder F4
Scope and Contents

Includes mock-ups of several pages, published by United Artists.

Political Conditions/Physical States by Tom Savage, 1993.
Box 1 Folder F5
Scope and Contents

Mock-up for cover. Includes black and white illustration. Picture and text are mounted on heavy board.

The Origins of the World by Lewis Warsh, 2001.
Box 1 Folder F6
Scope and Contents

Uncorrected galley proofs of

The Origin of the World, a collection of poems by Lewis Warsh. Holograph corrections and additions throughout in black ink. Unfinished cover includes publication date, size, binding, length, price, ISBN, imprint, and contact name.
Ted's Favorite Skirt by Lewis Warsh, 2001.
Box 1 Folder F7
Scope and Contents

Advanced uncorrected proofs. Includes holograph notes and corrections throughout.

Print, Suggest