Date Published: 1928-1970
TATE IS NOTED FOR HIS POEM "ODE TO THE CONFEDERATE DEAD" (Dec. 1926)
Allen Tate (American poet, critic, essayist and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress).
"Tate was a well-known man of letters from the American South, a central figure in the fields of poetry, criticism, and ideas. In the course of a career spanning the middle decades of the twentieth century, Tate authored poems, essays, translations, and fiction. Dictionary of Literary Biography contributor James T. Jones wrote that his "influence was prodigious, his circle of acquaintances immense." Tate relished his "man of letters" reputation—he consistently held for the highest standards of literature, feeling that the best creative writing offers the most cogent expressions of human experience. Sewanee Review's J. A. Bryant, Jr. called Tate a "sage" who "kept bright the instrument of language in our time and . . . made it illuminate as well as shine." quoted from Poetry Foundation online.
Allen Tate Collection includes 7 items dating from 1928 to 1970: 2 Autographed Signed Letters (ASL) ; 2 Typed poems signed ; 2 signed books ; and 1 signed program.
2 Autographed Signed Letters (ASL);
• Two ALS to Miss Sutherland, 19 November and 25 November 1970, re his participation in “Dilemma 70” at a coffee house (he read poems and asked for a fee of $500).
2 Typed poems signed;
• Signed ts., 4 pp., n.d., of Tate’s memorable poem, “Ode to the Confederate Dead” circa, 1926, that takes place in a Southern graveyard and mourns the dead soldiers. With a copy of Tate’s Mr. Pope and Other Poems (New York: Minton, Balch & Company, 1928) which was an early appearance of this poem. The poem had first appeared in the annual American Cavalcade (1927), then in The Fugitives: An Anthology (January, 1928).
• "To the Romantic Traditionalists", typed poem signed, n.d., 1 p.
2 Books signed;
• Tate’s Mr. Pope and Other Poems (New York: Minton, Balch & Company, 1928) in which the poem [“Ode to the Confederate Dead”] first appeared. Black cloth with green labels pasted to the front panel and spine. Signed by Tate on a bookplate on the ffep and a tiny ownership inscription. Solid, bright binding, one hinge in the centre of the book slightly fragile, a tiny touch of bruising to the lower edges of both boards. The front panel of the wrapper is nicked at the corners and gentle rubbing and wear to all the edges, two thirds of the spine panel missing, the back panel toned with gentle wear to all the edges and corners.
• Poems (Denver: Alan Swallow, 1961) paperback, 224pp., signed on title page
• Signed program, "Modem Poetry with Commentary, 23 April?, Union Ballroom.
All items housed in a matching box.
This book is on consignment with LDRB.