Constance Urdang Papers, 1940-1983.
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Biographical / Historical Note

Constance Urdang, a native of New York City, is a writer who has achieved critical success as a poet and novelist and academic success as a teacher of writing. She did her undergraduate studies at Smith College. Following her graduation, Urdang worked for some years as a military intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of the Army and as an editor for several New York publishers. Urdang returned to school in 1954 and in 1956 she received her MFA in writing from the University of Iowa. In 1960, Urdang and her husband, the poet Donald Finkel, came to Washington University where they have taught in and co-directed the graduate Writers' Program.

In 1965, Urdang's first collection of poems, Charades and Celebrations, was published and four years later her only novel, Natural History, appeared. Since that time, Urdang has written three additional collections of poetry, The Picnic in the Cemetery (1975), The Lone Woman and Others (1980), and Only the World (1983).