Stuart Wright Collection: Mark Strand Papers, 1968-1984, undated

Manuscript Collection #1169-036

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Stuart Wright Collection: Mark Strand Papers
    Creator: Strand, Mark, 1934-2014
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers of Mark Strand (1968-1984, undated) documenting the life and literary career of the noted Canadian-born poet, short story writer, translator, and educator at numerous universities, including Columbia University, who served as Poet Laureate of the United States, 1990-1991; consisting of loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection relating to publications by Mark Strand, printed materials, proofs & dust jackets of published works, oversized proofs & dust jackets, and manuscript typescripts.
    Extent: 0.35 Cubic feet, 0.35 Cubic feet, 1 archival box, 1 oversized folder; 31 items, 449 p.,
  • Description
     

    The Stuart Wright Collection: Mark Strand Papers (1968-1984, undated) document the life and literary career of Mark Strand (1934-2014). The materials are arranged, in original order, in 2 series.

    Series 1: Cary Addition #1 to the Stuart Wright Collection Papers (1976 1983, undated) documenting the life and literary career of Mark Strand (1934-2014), the noted Canadian poet, short fiction writer, translator, and educator, who became American poet laureate, 1990-1991; including loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection, Printed materials, Proofs & Dust Jackets. Series 1 consists of 0.11 cubic feet; 0.01 archival box & 1 oversized folder; 7 items; 142 p. Series 1 is held in Box 1.a-1.c, os1.

    Series 2: Ludlow Addition #2 to the Stuart Wright Collection Papers (1968-1984) documenting the life and literary career of Mark Strand (1934-2014), the noted Canadian poet, short fiction writer, translator, and educator, who became American poet laureate, 1990-1991; including typescripts, holographs & correspondence, loose manuscript items transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection, & Proofs. Series 2 consists of 0.24 cubic feet; 0.99 archival box; 24 items; 307 p. Series 2 is held in Box 1.d-1.i.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Mark Strand was an American poet, born on Prince Edward Island, Canada in 1934. He earned his BA from Antioch College in 1957 and a BFA while studying painting at Yale University in 1959. Initially Strand wanted to become a painter but while earning his BFA Stand turned towards poetry. Eventually in 1962 he received his MFA from the University of Iowa.

    One of Strand's first published works was titled Reasons for Moving. This collection of poems set Strand's reputation as a dark and brooding poet. He was named the United States Poet Laureate for the year of 1990 and received a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection of poems titled Blizzard of One. He would go on to become an editor, translator, and a children's book author. Strand taught at Columbia University until his death from cancer on 29 November 2014.

    Sources:

    "Mark Strand". Poetry Foundation. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/mark-strand

    "Mark Strand". Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Strand

    Author: Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of John Leche, 10/5/2016

    Stuart Wright collected and compiled the Mark Strand Papers. Wright was born on 30 March 1948 in Roxboro, North Carolina. He was the son of Frances Critcher Wright (1919-2010) and Wallace Lyndon Wright (1921-1965). An avid reader as a boy, Wright developed a strong interest in the American Civil War and with his father toured many of the war's battlefields searching for artifacts and studying the history of the era. At the age of 12, he won a statewide "Johnny Reb" essay contest and by the age of 15 had visited every major battlefield of the Civil War. Wright attended Roxboro High School, from which he graduated in 1966. It was during these years that he developed an interest in collecting historical books and manuscripts and began relationships with a number of local collectors and dealers.

    In the fall of 1966, Wright enrolled at Wake Forest University as a pre-med, history, German and music student. Wright earned a B.A. in German and music in 1970. As a graduate student at Wake Forest University, Wright focused his studies on Southern history and literature, his ambition being to build an authoritative Southern Studies collection for the university. He received a master's degree in Southern Studies in 1973 and a second master's degree in U.S. History in 1980. Additionally Wright holds a professional degree from England in a medically related field. It was while studying there that he became interested in Thomas Wolfe, the noted North Carolina native and novelist.

    Following his graduation from Wake Forest, Wright began to develop his collections more systematically, acquiring many first editions of Southern writers. In 1976 he began teaching at Reynolda House, a Wake Forest University affiliate dedicated to the arts and arts education. Wright taught classes in American music as well as human anatomy for art students. In 1978 Wright became Lecturer in Education at Wake Forest University. During his 10 years teaching at Wake Forest University, Wright authored numerous works of Civil War and North Carolina history, and dozens of articles, bibliographies, essays and reviews on Southern literature and the writers whose papers he collected. In addition, he developed a strong interest in the writings of the English poet Donald Davie and the Minnesota-born poet Richard Eberhart, whose works he also collected.

    At the same time, Wright also began a career as a publisher by starting Palaemon Press in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. By 1984, Palaemon Press had produced 316 titles, consisting mainly of broadsides and limited editions, of the poetry and essays of such Southern writers as A. R. Ammons, Fred Chappell, James Dickey, William Goyen, George Garrett, and Eudora Welty. He also built comprehensive collections and compiled book-length descriptive bibliographies of A.R. Ammons, Andrew Lytle, Reynolds Price, James Dickey, William Goyen, Walker Percy, Randall Jarrell, Peter Taylor, George Garrett, Richard Eberhart, and Donald Davie. As well as serving as editor of the contemporary literature section of the Bulletin of Bibliography throughout the 1980s, Wright also contributed pioneering checklists of the writings of Southern poets Henry Taylor, Charles Wright, and Robert Morgan. For Meckler Publishing he served as series editor for a number of book-length bibliographies and checklists. In recognition of these accomplishments, when he was just 32, Wright was elected to membership in New York's prestigious Grolier Club.

    All of these works are represented in the Stuart Wright Collection. In his dealings with these various authors Wright made consistent efforts to acquire personal papers, letters and documents, photographs, manuscripts, drafts, proofs, and published materials to supplement his continuing activities as a purchaser of their works. In this way, Wright acquired perhaps a majority of his overall collection. Over the years a number of biographers used Wright's collection to aid their research. For example, James A. Grimshaw, Jr. used the collection extensively for his Robert Penn Warren: A Descriptive Bibliography, 1922-1979 published by the University Press of Virginia, in 1981 and Craig S. Abbott did so as well for John Crowe Ransom: A Descriptive Bibliography, published by Whitston Publishing Company, Inc. in 1999. Joseph Blotner also used the Wright collection in researching Robert Penn Warren: A Biography, published by Random House in 1997.

    Nevertheless, from the mid- to late 1980s, Wright began to look for a permanent home for his collection, which he felt had grown too large and yet had been too little used. Unable to find a repository willing to accept the entire collection under suitable conditions, he sold a number of individual author collections to Vanderbilt University, Duke University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Emory University. It was not until 2010 that he reached agreement to house the remaining, and largest part of his collection at East Carolina University. The Stuart Wright Collection in the East Carolina Manuscript Collection of J.Y. Joyner Library includes 106 sub-collections of the papers of Southern American writers, composers, illustrators, and publishers. The related Stuart Wright Book Collection holds several thousand volumes by or about many of the same writers. Many of these volumes contain annotations, inscriptions, and insertions that reveal much about the authors in the collection and their relationships with one another. In 1998 Wright moved to England, and since 2001 he has resided in the medieval market town of Ludlow, in Shropshire.

    Author: Jonathan Dembo, 11/2/2016

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    27 October 2011, (Cary Addition #1), 0.11 cubic feet; 0.01 archival box & 1 oversized folder; 7 items; 142 p. Papers (1976 1983, undated) documenting the life and literary career of Mark Strand (1934-2014), the noted Canadian poet, short fiction writer, translator, and educator, who became American poet laureate, 1990-1991. Vendor: Stuart Wright

    20 July 2012, (Ludlow Addition #2), 0.24 cubic feet; 0.99 archival box; 24 items; 307 p. Papers (1968-1982) documenting the life and literary career of Mark Strand (1934-2014), the noted Canadian poet, short fiction writer, translator, and educator, who became American poet laureate, 1990-1991. Vendor: Stuart Wright

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Stuart Wright, 10/27/2011, 7/20/2012

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Stuart Wright Collection: Mark Strand Papers (#1169-036), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processing, Preliminary inventory & Container List, by Jonathan Dembo, with the assistance of Nathaniel King, 3/13/2014, 12/9/2015, 2/17/2016; Final inventory by Jonathan Dembo, 2/17/2016; Finding aid by Jonathan Dembo, 12/9/2015; Biographical Sketch, by John Leche, 10/5/2016; Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, 01/12/2017.

Container List

  • Cary Addition to Stuart Wright Collection
     

    • Printed Material
       

      • Box 1
         
        Burning Deck Postcards : The Second Ten (undated) Postcards & Envelope. 2 items. 11 p. ; Note : Envelope & one card autographed "Mark Strand" ; also includes postcards with poems & phrases by : James Camp - Nancy Condee - Tom Disch - Ray Ragosta - Carl Cesar - John Taggart - Diane Wakoski - Keith Waldrop - Kirk Nelson ; Source : Cary Addition Box #097.000
    • Proofs
       

      • Box 1
         
        Another Republic : 17 European and South American Writers, edited by Charles Simic and Mark Strand (New York, NY : The Ecco Press, © 1976) Unrevised Proofs. Bound. Soft covered. Plastic Dust Jacket. 1 item. 4 p. Note : Autographed "Mark Strand" on title page ; Includes photocopies of loose manuscript items ; see folder a for originals ; Source : Cary Addition Box #137A.014
    • Oversized Proofs
       

      Under the Looking Glass : Color Photographs by Olivia Parker ; Introduction by Mark Strand (New York, NY : New York Graphic Society, 1983) Dust Jacket & Proof of Introduction. 28" x 11.75" ; 11" x 20.25" 2 items. 5 p. ; Note : Proof autographed "Mark Strand" on p. 3 ; Source : Cary Addition Box #101.000
  • Ludlow Addition to Stuart Wright Collection
     

    • Manuscript Materials
       

      • Box 1
         
        Ride With the King, A [Poem] by Mark Strand ; with cover letter to Stuart Wright, Palaemon Press, Ltd., Winston-Salem, NC (13 April 1984) Corrected typescripts, Holographs, ALS, Envelope. 13 items. 17 p. ; Note : Multiple revisions of same poem ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #177.020
    • Loose Manuscript Items Transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection
       

      • Box 1
         
        Monument, The, by Mark Strand (© 1978) Note : 1) Ecco Press, New York, NY. Postcard advertisement for The Monument (ca. 1978) Ephemera. 1 item. 1 p. ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #198.129
        Reasons for Moving, by Mark Strand (© 1968) Note : 1) "The Bus on Praia Flamengo, Rio" [Poem] ; second to last stanza marked "?" in margin (undated) Edited carbon typescript. 1 item. 2 p. ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #177.016
        Selected Poems, by Mark Strand (© 1980) Note : 1) News of Atheneum Publishers, New York, NY. Mark Strand [biographical sketch and literary works] (Sept. 1980) Newsletter. 1 item. 1 p. ; 2) Atheneum Publishers, New York, NY. With the compliments of slip for Selected Poems (ca. 30 Oct. 1980) Printed form. 1 item. 1 p. ; 3-4) The Garden for Robert Penn Warren [Poem] by Mark Strand ; 15 copies privately printed for Stuart Wright and Mark Strand of the occasion of Robert Penn Warren's Birthday (24 April 1981) Broadside. 2 items. 2 p. ; 5) Palaemon Press Ltd., Winston-Salem, NC. Wachovia Bank Check no. 565 ; $100 paid to Mark Strand ; endorsed by Mark Strand on verso (28 Sept. 1982) Printed form. 1 item. 1 p. ; Some foxing on broadsides ; needs conservation ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #177.012
        Story of Our Lives, The, by Mark Strand (© 1973) Note : 1) Atheneum Publishers, New York, NY. With the compliments of the author slip (ca. 1973) Ephemera. 1 item. 1 p. ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #177.010
    • Proofs
       

      • Box 1
         
        Selected Poems, by Mark Strand ; News of Atheneum Publishers news release laid in (New York, NY : Atheneum, 1980) Uncorrected Proof & Photocopy typescript. Spiral bound. 2 items. 281 p. ; Note : Inscribed on title page "For Stuart Wright from Mark Strand" ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #177.020

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Container List

  • Cary Addition to Stuart Wright Collection
     

    • Printed Material
       

      • Box 1
         
        Burning Deck Postcards : The Second Ten (undated) Postcards & Envelope. 2 items. 11 p. ; Note : Envelope & one card autographed "Mark Strand" ; also includes postcards with poems & phrases by : James Camp - Nancy Condee - Tom Disch - Ray Ragosta - Carl Cesar - John Taggart - Diane Wakoski - Keith Waldrop - Kirk Nelson ; Source : Cary Addition Box #097.000
    • Proofs
       

      • Box 1
         
        Another Republic : 17 European and South American Writers, edited by Charles Simic and Mark Strand (New York, NY : The Ecco Press, © 1976) Unrevised Proofs. Bound. Soft covered. Plastic Dust Jacket. 1 item. 4 p. Note : Autographed "Mark Strand" on title page ; Includes photocopies of loose manuscript items ; see folder a for originals ; Source : Cary Addition Box #137A.014
    • Oversized Proofs
       

      Under the Looking Glass : Color Photographs by Olivia Parker ; Introduction by Mark Strand (New York, NY : New York Graphic Society, 1983) Dust Jacket & Proof of Introduction. 28" x 11.75" ; 11" x 20.25" 2 items. 5 p. ; Note : Proof autographed "Mark Strand" on p. 3 ; Source : Cary Addition Box #101.000
  • Ludlow Addition to Stuart Wright Collection
     

    • Manuscript Materials
       

      • Box 1
         
        Ride With the King, A [Poem] by Mark Strand ; with cover letter to Stuart Wright, Palaemon Press, Ltd., Winston-Salem, NC (13 April 1984) Corrected typescripts, Holographs, ALS, Envelope. 13 items. 17 p. ; Note : Multiple revisions of same poem ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #177.020
    • Loose Manuscript Items Transferred from the Stuart Wright Book Collection
       

      • Box 1
         
        Monument, The, by Mark Strand (© 1978) Note : 1) Ecco Press, New York, NY. Postcard advertisement for The Monument (ca. 1978) Ephemera. 1 item. 1 p. ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #198.129
        Reasons for Moving, by Mark Strand (© 1968) Note : 1) "The Bus on Praia Flamengo, Rio" [Poem] ; second to last stanza marked "?" in margin (undated) Edited carbon typescript. 1 item. 2 p. ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #177.016
        Selected Poems, by Mark Strand (© 1980) Note : 1) News of Atheneum Publishers, New York, NY. Mark Strand [biographical sketch and literary works] (Sept. 1980) Newsletter. 1 item. 1 p. ; 2) Atheneum Publishers, New York, NY. With the compliments of slip for Selected Poems (ca. 30 Oct. 1980) Printed form. 1 item. 1 p. ; 3-4) The Garden for Robert Penn Warren [Poem] by Mark Strand ; 15 copies privately printed for Stuart Wright and Mark Strand of the occasion of Robert Penn Warren's Birthday (24 April 1981) Broadside. 2 items. 2 p. ; 5) Palaemon Press Ltd., Winston-Salem, NC. Wachovia Bank Check no. 565 ; $100 paid to Mark Strand ; endorsed by Mark Strand on verso (28 Sept. 1982) Printed form. 1 item. 1 p. ; Some foxing on broadsides ; needs conservation ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #177.012
        Story of Our Lives, The, by Mark Strand (© 1973) Note : 1) Atheneum Publishers, New York, NY. With the compliments of the author slip (ca. 1973) Ephemera. 1 item. 1 p. ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #177.010
    • Proofs
       

      • Box 1
         
        Selected Poems, by Mark Strand ; News of Atheneum Publishers news release laid in (New York, NY : Atheneum, 1980) Uncorrected Proof & Photocopy typescript. Spiral bound. 2 items. 281 p. ; Note : Inscribed on title page "For Stuart Wright from Mark Strand" ; Source : Ludlow Addition Box #177.020


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