Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


Snodgrass, W. D. mss., 1984-2013, consists of the original and photocopied correspondence, emails, obituaries, and tributes concerning William De Witt Snodgrass's (1926-2009) illness and death. Most correspondence and emails are between Snodgrass's friends and colleagues and his fourth wife, writer Kathleen Snodgrass.

W. D. Snodgrass was an American poet born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania on January 5, 1926. During his early years he went to Geneva College and then served in WWII with the United States Navy until 1946. After leaving the Navy, Snodgrass went on to get his M.F.A. from the State University of Iowa. Two of his teachers, Robert Lowell and Randall Jarrell, influenced much of his early poetry.

Snodgrass won his first Pulitzer Prize for his debut poetry collection, Heart's Needle, in 1960. He went on to write more poems, books on poetry, and literary criticism, and received critical acclaim and recognition for his work. He is often credited as the founder of poetry's Confessional Movement although he did not consider his work as belonging to that genre himself.

Acquired: 2014

Related Collection: Snodgrass/Segal mss.

Collection size: 900 items

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