Mona Van Duyn Papers 1942-1995
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The Mona Van Duyn Papers contain manuscripts and editorial matter toward her books, including the award-winning Near Changes . In addition, there are numerous drafts of individual poems and correspondence from and manuscripts by numerous literary figures.


Consists of correspondence,(1942-1995), grouped into two subseries: Personal Correspondence and Business Correspondence


Consists of correspondence broken into three groups: General Correspondence, Correspondence with James Merrill, and Correspondence with Marianne Moore.


Consists of correspondence filed alphabetically by author, and then within author files by date.


enc.: A Photo of Mrs. Martin Luther King on Cover of Life [poem], by Engle and photocopy of newspaper clipping.


enc.: The Marrano [poem].


enc.: Sestina d'inverno [poem], by Hecht.


encl.: In Nine Sleep Valley [poem], by Howard.


enc.: The Yuan Chen Variations [poems], by Prince.


enc.: Ouzo for Robin [poem], by Merrill.


enc.: Pola Diva [poem] by Christian Ayoub, translated by Merrill, in text of letter.


enc.: Ich Grolle Nicht [poems] by Heine, translated by Merrill and others.


enc.: 4 poems by Merrill


enc.: 18 West 11th Street [poem].


enc.: Dreams About Clothes [poem].


enc.: AC from Christian Ayoub.


enc.: The Kimono [poem], by Merrill.


Correspondence to Van Duyn from Marianne Moore, filed chronologically; includes a clipping from St. Louis Globe-Democrat about Moore's 1967 visit to St. Louis.


enc.: Valentine card.


Consists of general business correspondence filed alphabetically by author.


enc.: So Early Into a Big Bed Stowed Out of Sight (fl) [galley proof of poem], by Van Duyn.


enc.: galley for The Ballad of Blossom [poem], and Economics [poem].


enc.: On a Hunting Accident in Missouri [poem], by Des Pres.


enc.: Can This Marriage be Saved [poem], by Dixon.


enc.: Driving Central Texas [broadside poem], by Goldbarth.


enc.: 10 poems and The Funeral Home [story], all by Green.


enc.: Satire II [poem], by Hine.


enc.: Headliner [poem], by Van Duyn.


enc.: In the Cold Kingdom [poem], and The Voyeur [poem], both by Van Duyn.


enc.: Eros to Howard Nemerov [poem], by Van Duyn and TLS(x) of letter.


enc.: The Tapestry [poem] and Myth and Ritual [poem], both by Nemerov.


enc.: 6 poems


enc.: 2p of


Consists of manuscripts, editorial matter and other material toward the publication of Van Duyn's books.


Consists of page proofs for book and mimeo sheet of review comments on Valentines to the Wide World .


Consists of drafts of poems, drafts of book manuscript, correspondence, proofs, clippings of reviews and other editorial matter toward A Time of Bees. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.


Consists of drafts of poems and forward matter, correspondence, proofs, clippings and other editorial matter toward To See, To Take (New York: Atheneum.


Consists of complete draft with typesetter's instructions and author's galley proofs toward Merciful Disguises New York: Atheneum.


Consists of draft, proofs and editorial matter.


Includes editorial marks by Van Duyn in blue ink. Also includes acknowledgment, table of contents, notes pages with correspondence to Ted Weiss, and autobiography.


Consists of Van Duyn's poems, collected, and individually foldered in alphabetical order. Also included are various prose pieces by Van Duyn, as well as her personal notebooks which include rough draft manuscripts of her poems and prose.


with light marks in blue ink.


5p none to moderate revision.


none to heavy revision. Alternately titled On the Road; published in Quarterly Review of Literature, Vol. XIV, No. 1/2.


revision in blue ink and pencil.


10/16/74. moderate revision. editor's notes on manuscript; published in The New Yorker, March 28, 1977; filed in Ser. I.2.a with TL from The New Yorker, 1980: March 26.


light revision in blue ink.


light revision in blue ink.


none to moderate revision.


none to light revision. Alternately titled For A Friend on His Fortieth Birthday.


none to moderate revision. Published in The Poetry Bag, Vol. 1 No. 1.


light revision in black ink.


none to light revision.


none to light revision in blue ink and pencil.


Published in Poetry Northwest, Vol. 7 No. 3 and in Best Poems of 1966.


none to moderate revision. Published in Poetry, Nov. 1965.


Alternately titled A Christmas Card , and A Christmas Card After the Assassination, 1963 ; Published in Chelsea.


light to heavy revision in blue ink and pencil. includes rough draft of manuscript notes.


none to moderate revisions.


none to moderate revision. Published in Quarterly Review of Literature.


light revision in blue ink.


none to moderate revision. Published in Poetry , Sept. 1968.


none to heavy revision. Subtitled In Memory of Randall Jarrell ; alternatively titled When a Poet Dies . Earlier Van Duyn poems, Birthstones, For a Cervantes and , In the Nick of Time, are included in this poem.


none to moderate revision. Alternately titled Outlandish Agon; published in Poetry Northwest, Vol. 7, No. 5.


none to moderate revision.


moderate revision. Poem is poetic adaptation of prose translation of lyrics by Wilhelm Muller; includes auto notes by Van Duyn, and Ts of poem in German.


revision in blue ink.


none to moderate revision.


none to moderate revision.


none to moderate revision. 1 draft filed in Ser. I.2.a. with TLS to Carolyn Kizer, 1966: March 16, F28.


Published in Poetry, April, 1962.


For Ollie and David Jackson appears on same page with light revision in blue ink.


heavy revision in blue and black ink and pencil. 2 pages of fragments.


none to heavy revision in blue ink and pencil.


none to moderate revision. Published in Poetry, Sept. 1968; 1 draft filed in Ser.I.2.a. with TLS to Nemerov, 1967: Oct. 29, F30.


light revision.


none to heavy revision.


light revision in blue ink.


light revision in blue ink.


none to light revision in blue ink.


light revision in blue ink.


light to moderate revision. Alternately titled Another Flight.


includes rough draft Ms. none to heavy revision in blue and black ink and pencil.


none to heavy revision. Partial draft of A Goodbye on verso of one draft; published in Quarterly Review of Literature , Vol. XIV, No. 1/2.


moderate revision in pencil.


heavy revision.


includes rough draft Ms. none to light revision in pencil.


light revision in blue ink.


none to light revision.


light revision.


none to light revision.


light to moderate revision in blue and black ink.


none to light revision. Published in Poetry, Nov, 1965.


none to moderate revision. Published in The Poetry Bag.


none to moderate revision. Subtitled For Norma and Chuck; published in Quarterly Review of Literature, Vol. XIV, No. 1/2; one draft filed with First Flight .


light revision in blue ink and pencil.


none to light revision.


light revision in blue ink.


none to moderate revision in blue ink.


light revision in blue ink.


revision in blue ink.


none to heavy revision. Includes 2p of notes by Van Duyn; published in Quarterly Review of Literature; 1 draft filed in Ser. I.2.a. with TLS from Erling Larsen, 1966: Dec 10, F29.


none to moderate revision. Published in Wetstone , Spring, 1964.


none to heavy revision. Published in Quarterly Review of Literature ; 1 draft filed in Ser. I.2.a. with TLS to Carolyn Kizer, 1966: March 16.


none to heavy revision.


light to moderate revision. Alternately titled Io .


moderate revision in pencil and blue ink.


none to light revision in blue ink.


none to moderate revision in red ink, blue ink, and pencil.


none to moderate revision in blue ink.


none to light revision. Published in Quarterly Review of Literature, Vol. XIV, No. 1/2.


none to moderate revision. Published in Quarterly Review of Literature , Vol. XIV, No. 1/2; 1 draft filed with To Poets' Worksheets in the Air-Conditioned Vault of a Library .


none to light revision.


some revision in blue ink.


none to heavy revision. Marked Christmas, 1969.


light revision.


moderate revision.


note in blue ink.


revision in blue ink.


none to moderate revision. Published in The Poetry Bag ; 1 draft filed in Ser. I.2.a. with TLS to Carolyn Kizer, 1966: March 16.


none to moderate revision. Published in Carleton Miscellany , Spring, 1968.


none to moderate revision in blue ink.


none to light revision in blue ink.


editor's notes written on manuscript; published in The New Yorker, Sept. 24, 1979; filed in Ser. I.2.a. with letter from The New Yorker , 1982: Sept. 20.


light to moderate revision. Published in The Poetry Bag.


none to heavy revision. Published in The Poetry Bag .


none to light revision.


none to light revision.


light revision in pencil.


none to moderate revision in blue ink.


includes brief statements about poem, Ts. 3p.


revision in blue ink.


none to moderate revision. 4 drafts filed in Ser. II.3.d. F69, with material for National Book Award.


none to light revision.


none to moderate revision.


heavy revision in blue ink, black ink, and pencil.


revision blue ink and pencil.


none to moderate revision.


none to light rev.


Inscribed Two songs for Leslie Chabay, tenor, Love come Early and Love keeps no score of wrongs .


none to heavy revision in pencil and blue ink.


none to moderate revision. Alternately titled Portrait of a Lady ; 1 draft entitled Portrait of a Lady is filed in Ser. I.2.a. with TLS to Carolyn Kizer, 1966: March 16, F28.


published in Tambourine ; 1 draft filed in Ser. I.2.a with TLS to Carolyn Kizer, 1966: March 16, F28.


light to moderate revision.


none to light revision. Inscribed For Robert Wykes, composer .


none to moderate revision. Published in Whetstone , Spring, 1964.


none to heavy revision in blue ink and pencil.


Published in Quarterly Review of Literature , Vol. XIV, No. 1/2.


none to heavy revision.


note in blue ink.


revision in black ink.


none to moderate revision.


moderate revision. Marked One 152-line poem not yet revised.


none to moderate revision.


moderate revision.


light revision.


filed in Ser. I.2.a. with letter from Robert E. Chapdu, 1972: Jan 22.


none to heavy revision in pencil and blue ink.


Marked for Leslie Chabay, tenor; see Poems for music .


light revision in blue ink. note in blue ink.


none to light revision in blue ink.


Alternately titled Conjunctivitis ; published in Poetry Northwest , Vol. 7, No. 3.


light revision in blue ink.


light to moderate revision.


light revision.


none to moderate revision.


none to light revision in blue ink.


light to moderate revision. On verso of one draft is draft of Leda Reconsidered entitled Did She Put on His Knowledge with Her Power? published in Carleton Miscellany, Fall, 1965.


none to moderate revision. Published in The Poetry Bag ; 1 draft filed in Ser. I.2.a. with TLS to Carolyn Kizer, 1966: March 16, F28.


none to moderate revision.


none to light revision blue ink.


none to light revision in blue ink.


none to moderate revision. Published in The Malahat Review , No. 7, July, 1968; 1 draft filed in Ser. I.2.a. with TLS from Erling Larsen, 1966: Dec. 10, F29.


includes 3p of fragments. heavy revision in blue ink and pencil.


light to moderate revision.


none to moderate revision. Published in Poetry, Nov, 1965.


moderate revision.


none to moderate revision. Published in Poetry , Nov, 1965.


light revision in blue ink.


light to heavy revision in blue ink and pencil.


revision in blue ink and pencil.


light revision in blue ink. includes 1p fragment.


none to light revision in pencil. includes rough draft Ms. on envelope.


moderate revision in blue ink and pencil.


light revision blue ink.


light revision blue ink.


heavy revision in blue ink and pencil. includes rough draft Ms. on newsletter.


moderate to heavy revision in pencil.


revision in pencil.


revision in blue ink and pencil.


light revision in pencil.


includes rough draft Ms. on envelope.


revision in blue ink.


light revision in blue ink.


heavy revision in pencil.


Consists of various prose pieces by Van Duyn.


piece is partial autobiography.


heavy revision in black ink.


essay on women's poetry.


Letter is response to Anne Sexton's column in American Poetry Review .


moderate revision. final working drafts of various lengths.


Includes reviews of books by Anne Sexton, Margaret Atwood, Adrienne Rich, Jane Cooper, Lenore Marshall, Wong May, Ruth Whitman, May Sarton, Howard Nemerov, James Merrill, David Wagoner, Galway Kinnell, LeRoi Jones, Donald Justice and James Schevill. Also includes xeroxes of articles as published in Poetry .


1 folder of correspondence, notes and drafts of biographies Van Duyn wrote for World Book Encyclopedia.


Consists of 25 undated notebooks kept by Van Duyn, primarily as poetry notebooks. Contains drafts of poems including some Ts. drafts laid in. Also included are recipes, letters, lists of poems submitted and rejected, and itemized lists of Van Duyn's yearly earning.


Consists of manuscripts of poetry and prose by others, many inscribed.


See Merrill, James (trans.).


filed in Ser. I.2.a. with TLS from Casebolt, 1972: February 4.


3 poems.


filed in Ser. I.2.a. with TLS from Des Pres, 1964: Nov.


filed in Ser. I.2.a. with ALS from Dixon, 1971: July 10.


filed in Ser. I.2.a. with letter from Engle, [ca. 1968].


inscribed by Goedicke.


filed in Ser. I.2.a. with ALS from Goldensohn, 1982: March 7.


filed in Ser. I.2.a. with TLS from Green, 1981: Sept. 4.


filed in Ser. I.2.a. with TLS from Green, 1981: Sept. 4.


filed in Ser. I.2.a. with TLS from Hecht, 1980: Aug. 29.





originally titled Cooking Poem ; filed in Ser. I.2.a. with ALS from Hine, 1972: March 3.





light revision. 6p. filed in Ser. I.1.a. with TLS from Howard, n.d.


filed in Ser. I.3.d. F69.


ALS from unidentified author laid in.


filed in Ser. I.1.a. with letter from Jacobsen, n.d.


filed in Ser. I.1.a. with letter from Jacobsen, n.d.


inscribed by Kizer.


foldered copy.





inscribed.


inscribed with Ms. note.


TLS accompanies poems.


filed in Ser. I.1.a. on recto of ANS from Meredith, 1982: Dec. 29.


filed in Ser. I.1.b. with ALS from Merrill, 1971: March 17.


filed in Ser. I.1.b. with TLS from Merrill, 1969: Nov. 15.


inscribed to Van Duyn, with Auto notes on title page.


filed in Ser. I.1.b. with letter from Merrill, 1974: Dec. 14.


filed in Ser. I.1.b. on recto of TLS from Merrill, 1974: Dec. 14.


filed in Ser. I.1.b. with TLS from Merrill, n.d.


filed in Ser. I.1.b. with TLS from Merrill, 1969: Nov. 15.





filed in Ser. I.2.a. in text of letter from Morris.


note by Van Duyn on last page.


filed in Ser. II.3.d.


filed in Ser. I.1.a. with ALS from Prince, 1981: April 23.


Introduction for Mona Van Duyn.


TN included.





inscribed.


Consists of programs, announcements, promotional materials, clippings relating to Van Duyn, Auto notes by Van Duyn, xeroxes, contracts/agreements, grant applications, publication lists, newsletters, photograph of Anthony Hecht and Mona Van Duyn, and other miscellany.


Consists of magazines, broadsides, books, 2 posters announcing readings by Van Duyn, catalog for the Hyam Plutzik exhibit at University of Rochester, and correspondence with Pomegranate Press. Also includes Lives and Deaths of the Poets and Non-Poets [poetry collection].


Consists of broadsides, posters, books and anthologies.


Consists of 56 magazines containing works by Mona Van Duyn.


Mockingbird Month [poem], by Mona Van Duyn on page 130.


by Mona Van Duyn on page 76.


Accural 2 (acc. 23039) consists of currently unprocessed material including correspondence, manuscripts, manuscripts by others, printed materials and magazines, ephemera, photographs, miscellany, and audio and visual recordings. The folder titles supplied by Van Duyn have been maintained.

Located in accession queue.


Consists of business and personal correspondence to and from Van Duyn. The majority of the business correspondence is between Van Duyn and Knopf.


Manuscripts is divided into two subseries: Poems and Prose.


Consists of poems and author's proofs of Selected Poems .


Consists of an acceptance speech at the St. Louis "Walk of Fame" ceremony, a speech for Georgetown, and material for the Writers Place Kansas City.


Consists of "Death After Death: The Presumption of Informed Consent for CPR, Ethical Paradox and Clinical Conundrum" by Allan S. Jaffe and William M. Landau and "Harness for the Winged Horse."


Printed Materials and Magazines is divided into two subseries: Printed Materials and Magazines.


Consists of copies of Firefall , Lives and Death of the Poets and Non-Poets , and Matters of Poetry by Van Duyn. Also includes dust jackets of Firefall and If It Be Not I: Collected Poems 1959-1982 .


Consists of a copy of The Formalist .


Ephemera is divided into four subseries: Clippings Relating to Van Duyn, Clippings, Announcements, and Personal Documents.


Consists of clippings featuring Van Duyn


Consists of general clippings.


Consists of one lecture announcement, 1993.


Consists of copies of Van Duyn's award for Heroine, First Class from Washington University; Doctor of Humane Letters Honorary Degree from George Washington University; and Missouri Center for the Book Author Recognition award.


Consists of photographs of Van Duyn and Jarvis Thruston, including their 50th wedding anniversary.


Consists of various notes, miscellany, and a map of Waterloo, Iowa.


Audio and Visual Recordings is divided into two subseries: Cassette Tapes and Videotapes.


Consists of cassette tapes of Van Duyn at the Academy of American Poets (1991), music and Van Duyn reading from Letters from a Father, The Poetry Center (1995), The Writer’s Almanac Week of May 3, 1999, and The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor (1993).


Consists of a videotape of James Merrill reading in Simon Hall at Washington University (1994).