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Michael Benedikt papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 589

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, writings, and personal papers documenting the personal and professional life of American poet and author Michael Benedikt. Correspondence in the collection consists of letters to Benedikt from authors and artists, editors and publishers, literary agents and organizations, academic institutions, and others dating largely from the late 1950s to early 1980s. Correspondents include Duane Ackerson, Anna Balakian, Alan Brilliant, A. Poulin, Carolee Schneemann, and others. Writings features annotated printed versions of early works by Benedikt, such as Changes (1961) and The Body (1968), printed versions of essays, and a few drafts and proofs of individual poems. Personal Papers include a curriculum vitae, electronic files, notebooks, photographs, records documenting a dispute with a New York City landlord, where Benedikt resided late in life, and other materials.

Dates

  • 1951 - 2002

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 4 (computer disks): Restricted Fragile Material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Michael Benedikt Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Asako Kitaori and Gerard Malanga, 2007.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, 1957-1997. II Writings, 1951-1980. III. Personal Papers, 1968-2002.

Extent

1.46 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.benedikt

Overview

Collection contains correspondence, writings, and personal papers documenting the personal and professional life of author Michael Benedikt. Correspondence in the collection consists of letters to Benedikt from authors and artists, editors and publishers, literary agents and organizations, academic institutions, and others dating largely from the late 1950s to early 1980s. Correspondents include Duane Ackerson, Anna Balakian, Alan Brilliant, A. Poulin, Carolee Schneemann, and others. Writings feature annotated versions of early printed works by Benedikt, such as Changes (1961) and The Body (1968), printed versions of essays, and a few drafts and proofs of individual poems. Personal Papers include a curriculum vitae, electronic files, notebooks, photographs, records documenting a dispute with a New York City landlord, and other materials.

Michael Benedikt (1935-2007)

Michael Benedikt was born 26 May 1935 in New York City and educated at New York University (1956) and Columbia University (1961). From the late 1950s through 1970s, Benedikt served as an editor and held teaching and writing positions at various publications and instutitions in the Northeast. He served an editor at Horizon Press (1959-1961), associate editor with Art News (1963-1972), poetry editor with the Paris Review (1974-1978), and contributing editor with the American Poetry Review. During this period he taught at Bennington (1968-1969), Sarah Lawrence (1969-1973), Hampshire (1973-1975), Vassar (1976-1977), and Boston University (1977-1979).

Benedikt's books of poetry include Changes (1961), The Body (1968), Sky (1970), Mole Notes (1971), Night Cries (1976), and The Badminton at Great Barrington (1980). Benedikt also authored plays, translations, and edited works on the theatre, and contributed poems, essays, and reviews to journals such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, Agni, Partisan Review, Ploughshares, and Tri-Quarterly. He died 27 February 2007.

Biographical information taken from "Michael Benedikt." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Biography In Context. Web. 16 May 2013.
Title
Guide to the Michael Benedikt Papers
Author
by Michael L. Forstrom
Date
May 2013
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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