Department of Special Collections
Washington University Libraries
Washington University in St. Louis

Finding-Aid for the Edward Dahlberg Papers (WTU00032)

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Special Collections Staff

Summary Information
Title: Edward Dahlberg. Papers,
Creator: Dahlberg, Edward, 1900-1977
Inclusive dates: 1964-1974.
Extent: ca. 12 items
Call number: WTU00032
Language: English
Repository: Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63130

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Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

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Processing Information:

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff. EAD encoded finding-aid completed by Sonya McDonald, August 2004.


Edward Dahlberg, an author long recognized for his idiosyncratic style and highly personal view of man and the state, remains one of the more important, albeit neglected, American authors of the 20th century. He wrote fiction, poetry, and criticism and is sometimes compared to Thoreau as a writer who stood apart from society and asked the questions no one else dared ask. Despite a nearly 20 year hiatus in the 1940's and the 1950's, Dahlberg was extremely prolific, producing over 20 books of poetry, criticism, fiction, and autobiography.

Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

Washington University's Edward Dahlberg Papers include letters by Dahlberg from the 1960's as well as letters written to him by other writers in the 1970's. The Papers also contain an uncorrected galley proof of Dahlberg's collection of aphorisms, Reasons of the Heart (1965).


Billings, Harold. A Bibliography of Edward Dahlberg . (Austin: University of Texas at Austin, 1971).

Subject Terms

  • Dahlberg, Edward, 1900-1977
  • Burgess, Anthony, 1917-1999
  • Sanders, Ed, 1939-
  • Sorrentino, Gilbert, 1929-
  • Williams, Jonathan, 1929-