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MS Am 1658

Selig, Richard, 1929-1957. Richard Selig papers, 1935-1962: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1658
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Selig, Richard, 1929-1957.
Title: Richard Selig papers,
Date(s): 1935-1962 (inclusive), 1949-1962 (bulk)..
Quantity: 1 collection (5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Correspondence and various documents of American poet Richard Selig.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*62M-50. Gift of Peter Levi, S.J. ; received: 1962.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Richard Selig Papers, 1935-1962 (MS Am 1658). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Additional papers of Richard Selig are at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Biographical / Historical

Selig was an American poet. Educated at the University of Washington, he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. Returning to the U.S. in 1956, he worked in the public relations department of Western Electric. He died of Hodgkin's disease in 1957. A volume of his poems was published posthumously in 1962 by the Dolmen Press, Dublin.


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Scope and Contents

Correspondence (including 18 letters from Stephen Spender), manuscripts of poetry and prose, notebooks and diaries, college notes and term papers. Includes correspondence of Peter Levi and his materials relating to the posthumous publication of Selig's poems, including proof copies of the book published in 1962. Also a few poems by others, including one by William Carlos Williams.

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