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ID: 01/01/MSS00035

Primary Creator: Merwin, W. S. (William Stanley) (1927-)

Extent: 31.5 Cubic Feet

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Pulitzer Prize winning poet, translator, and environmental activist; the archive consists of books, notes, manuscripts, correspondence, ideas for poems, published and unpublished works, translations of other author's works, critical writings by Merwin, and select writings about Merwin. The Merwin archive presents the opportunity to study the poet's work, for research into the overall development of American poetry in this century, and an increased understanding of the poetic process. The library holds five major collections of Merwin manuscripts: Merwin-1, Merwin-2, Merwin-3, Merwin-4, Merwin-5.

Biographical Note

W. S. Merwin is one of America's most distinguished writers, praised for his poetry, his prose, and his translation of foreign literary works into English.

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Repository: University of Illinois Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers.

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This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would damage materials or involve violation of copyright law.

Acquisition Method: The first installment of material (Merwin-1) was acquired by the Library in 1984; subsequent installments were acquired in 1988, 1990 and 1993.

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Additional descriptive metadata can be found at the following links

Merwin 1 - Correspondence

Merwin 1 - Manuscripts

Merwin 1 - Poems

Merwin 99

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