Howard Nemerov Papers, 1939-1991
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III. Prose [series]:   
Scope: Consists of prose and material toward prose broken into five sub-series: Essays and stories, Harvard Work, Introductions, Reviews and Miscellaneous.

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III.1 Essays and Stories   
Scope: Consists of essays and stories arranged alphabetically by title or first line.

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About Shirley Jackson's Books .[memorial] (Ts. 1p.)
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"Airports are surely the loneliest places on earth..." [essay] (Ts, 5p.)
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Attentiveness and Obedience .[essay] (Ts, 27p. Broadcast on Voice of America, Central Services Division, 1964:February.)
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Award of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Prize for Poetry to Carolyn Kizer .[speech] (Ts, 2p)
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Bottom's Dream .[essay] (Ts. 17p. includes 43 pp of notes and partial photocopy of published version, Virginia Quarterly Review Vol 42 (Autumn, 1966).)   
Scope: Galley proofs located in oversize.

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Breaking Silence .[essay] (Ts. 4p.)
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A Budget of Problems .[essay] (Ts. 3p. includes 3p of notes.)
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Calculation Raised to Mystery: The Dialectics of Light in August .[essay] (Ts. 18p. includes 13p of notes.)
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Campus on a Hill .[essay] (Ts, 9p)
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Canons .[essay] (Ts, 20p)
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Centers of Power .[essay] (Ts, 21p. includes 5p of notes, one symposium program introducing participants and a copy of Science Newsletter Vol 84, no 23 (1963:Dec 7).)
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A Child in the City .[story] (Ts. 5p.)
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Coming to Terms with Kenneth Burke .[essay] (Ts. 7p. includes 5p of notes.)
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Computer Poetry .[essay] (Ts, 40p. Includes 12p of general information concerning symposium at Cornell University on the Computer and Human Values.)
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The Condition .[essay] (Ts. 5p.)
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Continuousness and Striking Change: Address to the Trustees and Friends of Bennington College .[address] (Ts, 18p. Includes 23p of notes.)   
Scope: Also includes TLS, 2p from R.W.B. Lewis to Nemerov (1967: September 23), TLS, 1p with env. from Jessie Emmet to Nemerov (1967: October 9), ALS, 3p with env. from Emmet to Nemerov (1967: November 21), TL(cb), 1p from Nemerov to John (1967: August 28), TL(cb), 1p from Nemerov to Edward J. Bloustein (1967: August 28), and TLS, 1p from Bloustein to Nemerov (1967: August 24).

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Diane Arbus eulogy .[memorial] (Ts. 2p.)
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Digressions Around a Crow .[story] (Ts. 11p.)
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The Dream of Dante [essay] (Ts, 11p)
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The Dream of Reason .[essay] (Ts. 9p. Two sets of page proofs in oversize.)
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The Dying Garden . [essay] (Ts. 2p)
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The End of Art . [lecture] (Ts. 13p.)
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Epilogue (Ts. 6p.)
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Exceptions and Rules: Commencement address, Lawrence College .[address] (Ts, 21p. Includes commencement program.)
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Fantasy: Instance from Art History .[lecture] (Ts, 1p)
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The First County of Places: Discourse to the PTA on Poetry and Childhood .[speech] (Ts, 52p.)
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First Lessons of Poetry .[essay] (Ts, 2p. includes 2p notes.)
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Franz Joseph Haydn .[essay] (Ts, 2p)
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Freedom and Form: Reflections on Dr. Faustus .[essay] (Ts. 20p. Includes 15p of notes.)
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Funeral Service for Alice Goodman at Graham Chapel, 12 viii 82 [memorial] (Ts, 2p. Includes Summer's Elegy [poem], To Alice out of reach [poem] by Nemerov, two eulogies by others, funeral program and a letter.)
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Henry Adams and the Degradation of the Democratic Dogma [essay] (Ts, 18p)
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HN, Science and Stories [lecture] (Ts, 47p)
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The Idea of a University .[fable] (Ts(cb). 4p. Includes 2p of notes.)
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Ignorance . [essay] (Ts. 2p. Includes 5p of notes.)
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An Intellectual Comedy (on Henry Adam's Degradation of the Democratic Dogman) .[essay] (Ts. 23p.)
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An Introduction to Poetry .[lecture] (Ts. 14p.)
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Kenneth Burke Celebration at Seton Hall University .[speech] (Ts. 3p.)
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King Lear, act Five, Scene Two, Proustified and Moncrieffed .[essay] (Ts. 4p.)
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Knowledge, Form and Style .[essay] (Ts, 13p)
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Lecture to Hallmark Cards Staff .[lecture] (Ts. 6p.)
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Lewis Thomas, Montaigne and Human Happiness .[tribute] (Ts. 34p. Includes 5p of notes, 3 brief notes of appreciation for the lecture, copy of Washington University Magazine Vol 51, no 1 (1980:December), in which lecture appeared, a 1p reflection on Lewis Thomas dated 1983:April 28 and a fly-sheet announcement of lecture, 5 photocopy pages from Lewis Thomas's Lives of a Cell and 2 photocopy pages from Thomas's The Medusa and the Snail.)
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The Little Book .[fable] (Ts. 2p.)
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A Little Myth About the English Department .[essay] (Ts. 2p.)
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Loren Eiseley .[memorial] (Ts, 6p. Includes 6 pp of notes.)   
Scope: Also includes ALS, 2p with env. from Mabel Eiseley to Nemerov (1975: May 11).

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Magic in Poetry .[essay] (Ts. 2p.)
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Magic Mountain .[essay] (Ts. 42p. Includes 22 pp of notes. Also includes 5 undated letters to Nemerov from unidentified "S.M.".)
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Meditation: The City .[essay] (Ts. 1p)
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Memorial to Archibald MacLeish .[memorial] (Ts, 6p.)
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Modern Poetry .[essay] (Ts. 1p. Includes 9p of notes.)
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Names and Natives .[essay] (Ts. 2p. Includes 14p of notes.)
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The Needle's Eye .[essay] (Ts. 6p.)
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Neruda's ARS POETICA .[address] (Ts. 3p.)
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A Note About Concrete Representation and the Fairview School of Aperiodic Art .[notes] (Ts. 5p.)
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Notes on Some Intellectual Consequences of the Freudian Psychology .[notes] (Ts. 8p.)
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Obliviscendum: An Ancient to Ancients .[essay] (Ts. 8p. Includes 3p of notes.)
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The Oedipus Situation .[essay] (Ts. 8p. Includes 8p of notes.)
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On Being Asked for a Peace Poem .[article] (Ts, 2p)
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On Going Down in History .[article] (Ts, 15p. Includes 3p of notes.)
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On Having an Idea .[essay] (Ts. 3p. Includes 2p of notes.)
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On Poetry and Painting, With a Thought of Music .[essay] (Ts, 4p.)
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On the Difficulty of Difficult Poetry .[essay] (Ts. 10p.)
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On the Measure of Poetry .[essay] (Ts. 20p.)
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On the Poetry of Reed Whittemore .[essay] (Ts. 11p.)
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On the Resemblances Between Science and Religion .[essay] (Ts. 11p.)
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One Last Midrash .[essay] (Ts. 2p.)
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The Orlando Furioso Memorial Lecture for 1950 .[memorial] (Ts. 2p.)
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The Outrage .[fable] (Ts. 4p.)
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Paul Feeley Eulogy .[eulogy] (Ts. 2p.)
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The Poet and the Public .[essay] (Ts. 4p.)
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Poetry .[essay] (Ts, 90p and offprint)   
Scope: Collier's Encyclopedia article.

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Poetry and Dreams . [essay] (Ts, 16p. Includes 8p of notes, carbon of essay with comments by an unidentified person and a copy of Howard's dream [poem] by Nemerov.)
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Poetry and History .[essay] (Ts. 22p. Includes 22p of notes.)
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Poetry and Meaning .[essay] (Ts, 32p. Includes 58p of notes.)
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Poetry and Platitude, A Commencement Address .[speech] (Ts. 3p)
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Poetry and the National Conscience .[essay] (Ts. 16p.)   
Scope: Includes TLS, 2p from Roderick Jellema to Nemerov (1970: March 18).

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The Poetry of Miller Williams .[foreword] (Ts. 2p)
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The Poetry of Time .[essay] (Ts. 8p)
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The Poetry of Weldon Kees: An Appreciation . [review] (Ts. 9p.)   
Scope: Includes ALS, 1p with encl. from Reed Whittemore to Nemerov (n.d.: February 2).

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Poetry, Prophecy, Prediction .[essay] (Ts. 24p)
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Post-Dispatch .[essay] (Ts. 23p)   
Scope: Includes TLS, 1p with env. from Evarts A. Graham to Nemerov (1978: October 16) and TLS, 1p from Graham to Nemerov (1978: September 8).

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Preface to the Concise Encyclopedia of English and American Poets and Poetry .[preface] (Ts. 5p)
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Preface to the Poetic Diction by Owen Barfield .[preface] (Ts. 13p)   
Scope: Includes TLS, 1p from Willard A. Lockwood to Nemerov (1963: November 22).

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Project Babel .[fable] (Ts, 8p.)
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The Quester Hero: Thomas Mann .[essay] (Ts. 58p.)
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Quidnunc the Poet and Mr. Gigadibs .[essay] (Ts, 11p.)
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Reader's Guide to Thomas Mann .[essay] (Ts. 20p. consists of complete version of only Chp 1, "Themes and methods: the early stories." Includes 115 pp of notes, mss selections and outlines.)
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Rejoining the Common Reader .[foreword] (Ts. 9p)
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Remarks to the Creative Writing Class at the End of Term .[lecture] (Ts. 2p.)
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Report of the Consultant in Poetry .[essay] (Ts. 4p.)
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Rilke .[foreword] (Ts. 29p.)
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Robert Burns: An Address to the Burns Society of St. Louis On the Poets Birthday .[address] (Ts. 17p.)
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Romanticism: Sic et Non .[lecture] (Ts. 58p)
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Runes .[essay] (Ts. 1p)
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Science and the Arts .[essay] (Ts. 7p. Includes 17 pp of notes and mss materials.)
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Seeing and Saying .[essay] (Ts. 2p.)
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A Sequel--Creativity--What Is It .[address] (Ts. 33p.)
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Sequel to Computer Poetry .[address] (Ts. 8p.)
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Should Poetry Achieve Statehood .[address] (Ts, 9p. Includes 10 pp of notes.)
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Sin()bad .[essay] (Ts, 9p)
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Smoking and Death .[essay] (Ts. 4p.)
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Some Happy Simplicities About Language and Poetry .[essay] (Ts, 2p.)
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The Sorcerer's Eye .[fable] (Ts. 6p. Includes 2p of mss materials, 2p of notes and 3 newspaper clippings.)
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Spare Teacher .[note] (Ts. 1p)
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Speaking's Silence .[essay] (Ts. 12p.)
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Speculation Turning to Itself .[essay] (Ts. 17p. Includes 3p of notes.)
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Speculative Equations: Poems, Poets and Computers .[essay] (Ts. 24p. Includes 13p of notes)
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The Swaying Form .[essay] (Ts. 14p.)
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The Sweeper of Ways .[essay] (Ts. 6p.)
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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Skylark .[essay] (Ts. 26p.)
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Thomas Mann .[essay] (Ts, 10p.)
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Thoughts on the Situation of Poetry, 1964 .[essay] (Ts. 3p.)
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T.S. Eliot Centennial at Washington University, 30 ix 88 [lecture] (Ts, 6p)
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Twelve and the One .[fable] (Ts. 3p.)
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The Twilight of the Double Vision: Thoughts About Parody .[essay] (Ts. 4p. Includes 2p of notes.)
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Two Ways of Imagination: Lecture on Wordsworth and Blake .[essay] (Ts. 2 drafts, 30p. Includes 28p of notes and mss materials.)
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Understanding as Illusion: Thoughts About Physics and Poetry .[essay] (Ts. 2p.)
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Untitled lectures (Ts. 83p.)
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What Does the Consultant in Poetry Do? .[essay] (Ts. 8p.)
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What Was Modern Poetry .[essay] (Ts). 11p. Includes 12 pp of notes and mss materials.)
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What Will Suffice .[lecture] (Ts. 10p.)
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What's the Matter with Essays Called What's the Matter with Poetry ("answer to Karl Shapiro") .[essay] (Ts. 4p.)
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Why We Need Poetry .[lecture] (Ts. 28p.)
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William Butler Yeats .[essay] (Ts, 9p.)
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The Winter Addresses of Kenneth Burke .[essay] (Ts, 8p.)
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A Winter Passage .[story] (Ts. 1p. Includes 2p of notes.)
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The Wizard of Misery and Happiness . [story] (Ts, 1p)
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World of Poetry . [essay] (Ts, 2p)
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Writers as Intellectuals .[essay] (Ts. 18p.)
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III.2 Work from Harvard   
Scope: Consists of prose written while Nemerov was at Harvard, 1938-1942.

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The Black Notebooks (17p)
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Eidolon: Study in the Dream-Work of the Image (9p)
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The Element of Order: A Study of the Divine Comedy in Contemporary Verse, with Particular Reference to T.S. Eliot (29p)
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The Gentleman Poets (9p)
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Idea of God: The Absolute, Divine Personality and Self-Limitation (3p)
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John Dryden: The Measure of Satire and the Art of Translation (2p)
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Judas the Obscure (14p)
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"Mr. Simon leaned back in his chair..." (13p)
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The Nature of the Relevant: Notes on Zen Buddhism and the Western Mind (10p)
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A Note on Dryden's Aesthetic (2p)
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Of the Manner of Mimicry (2p)
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Parable of the Times (4p)
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The Phylogenetic Relation Between Myth, Dream, and Family Situations (2p)
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Saint Thomas Aquinas (29p)
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The Sampling of the Grail (2p)
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Several Notes on John Dryden (15p)
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"'The spring came like a clock to a fixed hour..." (2p)
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Symbol and System in Poetry (10p)
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Tenant, Philosophical Theology, Cap VIII, Thought and Reason (4p)
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Thomas Mann: A Faustian Pilgrimage (3p)
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The Use of Fantasy: A Study in the Ambivalent Strategies of Myth and Dream (41p)
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"The work is fragmentary..." (4p)
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The World-Tree (14p)
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The World's Epitome: A Study in the Works of Donne (16p)
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III.3 Introductions   
Scope: Consists of introductions for Weldon Kees, William Meredith, Marianne Moore, Robert Pinsky, Louis D. Rubin, Jr., Mona Van Duyn, T.H. White, Reed Whittemore, and Washington: A University Portrait.

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III.4 Reviews   
Scope: Consists of reviews by Nemerov of works by Robert Penn Warren, Conrad Aiken, Owen Barfield, Jean Burden, Truman Capote, T.S. Eliot, Randall Jarrell, Vladimir Nabokov, Stephen Spender and others.

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Aiken, Conrad Ushant
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Barfield, Owen Worlds Apart
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Belitt, Ben The Enemy Joy; New and Selected Poems
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Berg, Stephen and Robert Mezey, ed. Naked Poetry
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Blackmur, R.P. The Expense of Greatness
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Bloom, Harold The Anxiety of Influence and Denis Donoghue Thieves of Fire
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Burden, Jean Walk Into Time
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Capote, Truman By the Later John Brockman
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Eliot, T.S. Collected Poems 1909-1962
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Ellis, A.E. The Rack , Herbert Gold The Optimist , H.L. Humes Men Die , Alan Sillitoe Saturday Night and Sunday Morning , and Robert Penn Warren The Cave
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Gardner, Helen The New Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1950
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Hecht, Anthony The Transparent Man; The Collected Earlier Poems
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Jarrell, Randall The Complete Poems
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Justice, Donald The Summer Anniversaries
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Kiefer, Rita Doing Time
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Mann, James The Crux
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Mathews, Harry The Conversions
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Miller, Michael Changing Bodies
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Nabokov, Vladimir Pale Fire
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Nabokov, Vladimir Poems and Problems
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Osbey, Brenda Marie In These Houses
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Raine, Kathleen The Lost Country
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Renkl, Margaret Small Comforts
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Rogers, Del Marie The Real World
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Saint-John Perse The Golden Compass Needle
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Seay, James Part of a Story
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Shapiro, Karl The Younger Son
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Spender, Stephen Auden, A Tribute
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Stuart, Dabney I Can't Live Without You
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Sze, Mai Mai The Tao of Painting
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Turco, Lewis The Shifting Web   
Scope: Filed with Marilyn Nelson Waniek.

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Waniek, Marilyn Nelson New Kid
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Zimmer, Paul The Great Bird of Love
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III.5 Miscellaneous Prose Pieces   
Scope: Consists of partial prose pieces.

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III.6 Recommendations   
Scope: Includes some correspondence.

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III.7 John Pauker/Howard Nemerov Manuscripts   
Scope: Includes manuscripts possibly written by John Pauker or Howard Nemerov.