David Posner: Correspondence

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Letters from many American and English poets and scholars, 1940-80; occasional manuscripts and typescripts of poetry; 18 letters on The Sandpipers; and a collection of letters of poets and writers, 1856-c.1950.

The correspondents include Sir Kingsley Amis (1 letter, 1958); John Ashbery (2, 1967); W.H. Auden (22, 1940-70); George Barker (8, 1959-68); Leonard Baskin (1, 1962); John Berryman (7, 1962-c.1969); Sir John Betjeman (1, undated); Elizabeth Bishop (2, 1962-73); Robert Bly (22, 1963-74); John C. Cansom (13, 1941-64); Hayden Carruth (3, 1977); John Ciardi (19, 1960-69); Robert Conquest (12, 1959-c.1971); Aaron Copland (2, 1980); A.E. Coppard (2, 1953); Gregory Corso (7, 1963); Robert Creely (13, 1963-78); Cecil Day-Lewis (11, 1952-71); Robert Duncan (5, 1964-67); Charles E. Eaton (1, 1964); T.S. Eliot (5, 1948-56); Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1, 1964); Edward Field (2, 1977); John Fuller (10, 1961-63); Donald Gallup (1, 1967); Robert Graves (26, 1948-77); Thom Gunn (11, 1958-70); Daniel Halpern (1, 1969); John Heath-Stubbs (2, 1958); Jack Hirschmann (1, undated); Langston Hughes (5, 1958-64); Ted Hughes (4, 1958-67); Richard Hugo (16, c.1968-76); Sir Julian Huxley (1, 1952); David Ignatow (2, 1966); Randall Jarrell (4, c.1963); Galway Kinnell (6, 1965-80); Thomas Kinsella (5, 1967-69); Carolyn Kizer (1, 1959); Kenneth Koch (3, 1964); John Lehmann (1, 1957); Denise Levertov (72, 1962-83); John Logan (32, 1965-80); Robert Lowell (10, 1950-67); Walter Lowenfels (2, 1969-70); Edward Lucie-Smith (11, c.1957-66); George Macbeth (34, 1964-75); Archibald Macleish (1, 1940); Daphne Marlatt (1, 1980); William Meredith (1, 1973); William Merwin (14, 1960-76); Christopher Middleton (5, 1965-70); Ewart Milne (3, 1961-63); Marianne Moore (3, 1965-67); Howard Moss (6, 1973-74); Richard Murphy (2, 1964); John Nims (1, 1977); Ned O'Gorman (12, 1959-60); Frank O'Hara (1, 1964); Charles Olson (8, 1965-68); John Peck (2, 1971-77); Robert Peters (6, 1967- 76); William Plomer (13, 1958-70); Alfred Poulin (1, 1972); David Ray (2, undated); Sir Herbert Read (3, 1953-67); Alastair Reid (7, 1960-62); Adrienne Rich (2, 1964); I.A. Richards (5, 1946-58); Anne Ridler (5, 1954-58); A.L. Rowse (7, 1958-69); Muriel Rukeyser (4, 1952-68); Anna Russell (1, 1952); Jon Silkin (8, 1959-66); Gary Snyder (13, 1964-76); Sir Stephen Spender (5, 1956-74); Leonora Speyer (2, 1941-42); Allen Tate (6, 1960-70); D.M. Thomas (1, 1967); Charles Tomlinson (16, 1958-67); Jos Villa (2, 1958); Ted Walker (1, 1967); Robert Warren (3, 1944-45); Eric W. White (4, 1962-69); John Wieners (1, 1971); and William Carlos Williams (4, 1950-58).

There are also letters from Robert Browning to Frederick Locker (1, 1856); Edward Dowden to Samuel Hales (4, 1880-82); James R. Lowell to 'Sherwood' (1, 1884); Sir Henry Newbolt to Holbrook Jackson and John Lane (7, 1904-19); E.A. Robinson to Lloyd Morris (2, 1923-31); and a poem from Eugene Field 'To my Carrie' (1, undated).

The papers contain poetry by John Berryman; Robert Bly; Robert Creely; Sister Madeline De Frees; Robert Graves; Thom Gunn; Langston Hughes; Richard Hugo; Ted Hughes; Juan Ramon Jimnez; Tom Kinsella; Denise Levertov; Edward Lucie-Smith; George MacBeth; Louis MacNeice; Daphne Marlatt; Bill Merwin; Michael Moth; Ned O'Gorman; Charles Olson; Robert Peters; William Plomer; David Posner; Sir Herbert Read; I.A. Richards; Muriel Rukeyser; Gary Snyder; D.M. Thomas; Charles Tomlinson; and Eric W. White.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Posner (1921-85), American poet, published several collections of poetry including The Sandpipers: collected poems (1965-1975). He taught in several universities, and was Curator of the Poetry Collection, Lockwood Memorial Library, University of Buffalo, New York.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1993, with additions in subsequent years.

Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue.

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