Prepared By Dean Keller.
Revised by Athena Salaba
1 document case, .33 cubic foot, 11th floor
William Carlos Williams was born on September 17, 1883, in Rutherford, N.J.,
and died March 4, 1963, in Rutherford. The son of William George and Raquel
Helene (Hoheb) Williams, Williams received an M.D. from University of
Pennsylvania in 1906, and did postgraduate studies at University of Leipzig.
He is considered to be one of the finest American poets of his generation.
A man of various talents, he was a novelist, playwright, editor, essayist, and
Williams' poetic expression was more natural than the poetic style
established by Eliot. Among the numerous awards he received over the years was
the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Pictures From Brueghel in 1963.
Among his poetic works are: The Tempers (1917); Sour Grapes
(1921); The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, 1906-1938
(1938); Paterson (1946-1948); The Clouds (1948); The Desert
Music and Other Poems (1954), etc.
He also wrote: The Great American Novel (1923); A Voyage to
Pagany (novel, 1928); A Novelette and Other Prose (1932);
The Autobiography of William Carlos Williams (1967); Selected Essays
(1954); Selected Letters of William Carlos Williams (1957), etc.
Scope and content
One of the collection management goals of the Department of Special
Collections and Archives is to collect materials about modern American poetry.
These collections are enhanced by the addition of available manuscripts.
The collection includes some of Williams' poems, a critical essay on
Williams' writing and his correspondence with Morris Weisenthal, David Ignatow,
and Cid Corman.
The collection is arranged in chronological order.
The material was purchased mainly from James R. Lowell's Asphodel Bookshop,
Cleveland, Ohio, in 1972. The letters from and to Cid Corman were purchased from
Cid Corman, Kyoto, Japan, in 1972.
The purchase of this collection was funded by the Robert L. Baumgardner, Jr. Memorial Collection of Contemporary Poetry endowment.
1940, 3 Jan.: Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963.
Dartmouth talk. Autograph Speech Signed. 31 p., 10.5 cm.
Written on the versos of leaves in one of Dr. Williams' prescription pads.
1945, 1 Mar.: Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963.
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