Collection ID: LMC 2343
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Barnstone, Willis, 1927-
The Barnstone mss., 1948-2015, consists of the papers of poet and translator Willis Barnstone, 1927-.
65 Boxes and 2 folios (oversize)
English .
Preferred citation:

[Item], Barnstone mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Biographical / Historical:

Willis Barnstone was born on November 13, 1927, in Lewiston, Maine. He completed his BA at Bowdoin College in 1948, his MA at Columbia University in 1956, and his PhD at Yale University in 1960. He has taught multiple languages and literatures at Anavryta Classical Lyceum, Wesleyan University, Colgate University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and Indiana University. In addition to 18 collections of original poetry, he has published several memoirs, anthologies, translations, and works of literary criticism. Barnstone won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1961 and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry four times. Barnstone currently lives in Oakland, California.

Scope and Content:

Poetry includes drafts of published collections as well as unpublished works and is organized chronologically by publication according to the bibliography of Barnstone's personal website. Translations and anthologies, which include Barnstone's translated works and edited collections respectively, are also arranged in this manner. Other writings encompasses Barnstone's works in literary criticism, drama, and music. Correspondence includes letters sent to and received by Barnstone for both personal and professional subjects. Writings by others includes the works sent to Barnstone by friends and family. Publicity incorporates all promotional material for Barnstone not related to a specific published work. Financial and legal includes publishing and permissions contracts as well as personal receipts and invoices. Personal gathers childhood ephemera, family memorabilia and IDs. Faculty files collects Barnstone's notes and syllabi from his various faculty positions. Audio-visual includes photos of Barnstone as well as taken by Barnstone and a large collection of flexdisks, audioreels and cassettes. Miscellaneous covers all materials that do not fall into the previous series.

Correspondents include: Jorge Luis Borges, Albert Camus, Raymond Carver, John Dos Passos, Manuel Durán, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Lowell, Breon Mitchell, Scott Russell Sanders, Mary Ellen Solt, Elvis J. Stahr, Ruth Stone, Herman B Wells, and Patricia Woodruff.

Acquisition information:
Acquired: 2002-2016

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Poetry, II. Translations, III. Anthologies, IV. Other Writings, V. Correspondence, VI. Writings by Others, VII. Publicity, VIII. Financial and Legal, IX. Personal, X. Faculty Files, XI. Audio-Visual, XII. Miscellaneous, and XIII. Additions.

Physical location:
ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility); ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility) - OVFlat



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[Item], Barnstone mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

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