Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Zukofsky mss., 1928-1933, consist of letters and writings of Louis Zukofsky, 1904-1978, poet. The letters are addressed to Rene Taupin, French critic and translator, who for part of this period was living in New York City, and are written from New York City, Berkeley, California, Madison, Wisconsin (where he was an instructor of English for a year) Chicago, Illinois, and one letter from Budapest, Hungary. There are no letters for the year 1932. They are concerned largely with his work "A," his application for a Guggenheim fellowship, classes at the University of Wisconsin, financial matters, publication and writing problems. Some of the writers mentioned in the letters include: Basil Bunting, Thomas Stearns Eliot, Theodore Hecht, Norman Wicklund Macleod, Harriet Monroe, Ezra Loomis Pound, Andre Salmon, William Carlos Williams. Theodore Hecht has also written a letter in French to Taupin on the verso of Zukofsky's of August 7, 1933.

Writings present include various drafts and stages of Zukofsky's long poem "A," manuscripts of his "Immature Pebbles" and "Pro. LXI" and two fragments of miscellaneous notes and aphorisms. Also present is Zukofsky's translation of Rene Taupin's review "Three Poems by Andre Salmon," published in Poetry (Feb. & Mar. 1931). For a summary of Zukofsky's writing activities at this time see Celia Zukofsky, A Bibliography of Louis Zukofsky (Black Sparrow Press, 1969), pages 24-27 and 48 (Lilly PS3549 .U47 Z488).

Collection size: 62 items

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