Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Rago mss. II, 1942-1969, are the papers of Henry Rago, 1915-1969, poet and editor of Poetry (Chicago). The correspondence dating largely from 1953 is concerned with his early association with the magazine as its editor, his appearances as a lecturer on the philosophic significance of poetry, and the speeches which he prepared for Robert Sargent Shriver. One of the lectures, History as Theology, presented at the University of Chicago in 1967, has been recorded on tape. Other materials relate to his work with the following organizations or events: Association of Literary Magazines of America (ALMA); Council of Literary Magazines (CLM); Foundation Grants; Harvard Summer School in 1956; National Book Awards; National Poetry Council; Poems in Folio; Poetry Day; and Vietnam Protest in 1965. Sympathy letters to Mrs. Rago include one from Robert Lowell on May 28, 1969, referring to the "night of the five poets in Chicago."

The writings consist chiefly of notes for various lectures, introductions of several poets, unpublished poems, a review of the poetry of Mark Van Doren, and the draft of his book Sky of Late Summer accompanied by correspondence, contracts, and copyright requests related to the book.

Writings of other authors include works by Willis Barnstone, Michael Braude, Robert Duncan, Paul Merchant, and Hyman Jordan Sobiloff.

A few printed pieces complete the collection. A partial inventory is located in the Vertical File.

Collection size: 2,137 items

Related manuscripts: Rago mss., Rago mss. III

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