Frederic Prokosch: Poems by himself and others

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Hand-illustrated pamphlet copies, made by Frederic Prokosch, of poems by various authors. On the inside cover of each pamphlet is the bookplate of Prokosch's library. Each pamphlet includes a handwritten note by the author recording that it was made by him at Fountain Street, New Haven, Connecticut, 1932-1933. However, owing to the scandal surrounding the 1972 sale of his pamphlets, the provenance of the pamphlets in this collection must be uncertain. The poems are accompanied by photocopies of a covering letter from the donor, December 1975, and of a list made by him describing the collection.

1. James Joyce, 'On the beach at Fontana'

2. W.H. Auden, 'Sir, no man's enemy'

3. Frederic Prokosch, 'The gull'

4. Frederic Prokosch, 'The lake'

5. T.S. Eliot, 'Morning at the window'

6. Ezra Pound, 'The farm'

7. W.B. Yeats, 'The choice'

8. T.S. Eliot, 'Excerpt'

9. James Joyce, 'She weeps over Rahoon'

10. W.B. Yeats, 'Love's loneliness'

11. W.H. Auden, 'Before this loved one'

12. Ezra Pound, 'The tea shop'

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederic Prokosch (1908-1989), poet and novelist, was born in Madison, Wisconsin, on 17 May 1908. He spent his childhood in the United States, Germany, France and Austria, and attended Haverford College and Yale. His most famous work is his first novel, The Asiatics (1935). He also wrote poetry, translations and an autobiography. From the early 1930s, Prokosch printed copies of his own work and that of other writers. He was involved in a forgery scandal following the Sotheby's sale of his pamphlets in 1972, after it was discovered that he had arranged for the printing of additional titles with false imprints during 1968-1970. He died at Plan-de-Grasse, France, on 6 June 1989.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by Frederic Prokosch, 1975.

Other Finding Aids

None.

Archivist's Note

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

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