Richard Eberhart collection
Date Published: 1961 to 1987
Binding: No binding
Richard Eberhart was an American poet who was awarded the Bollingen Prize for Poetry in 1962 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Selected Poems, 1930-1965 and the 1977 National Book Award for Poetry for Collected Poems, 1930-1976. He was the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress for 1959-61.
The collection contains 16 items dating from 1961 to 1987, specifically 2 Manuscripts, 6 Typescripts, 7 Letters and 1 first-day issue envelope.
2 Signed Manuscripts:
• Signed ms. listing 10 words (“Life Birth…. Now let me know what your ten words are – Best wishes, Richard Eberhart 1/8/75”.
• Signed ms. of poem “21st Century Man” (“Finally, he decided there was too much pain…”), copied for Vearl and Linda Moody, 11 January 1987, from his Collected Works (New York: Oxford University Press, 1930, 1986), 1 p.
6 Typescripts (ts):
• “The Haystack”`, ts. signed, n.d., 1 p.
• “Burr Oaks”, ts. signed, 9 pp., 1968;
• “A Meditation”, ts. signed, 8 pp., 1968.
• “The Passage”, ts. signed, 8 pp, 1968.
• Signed ts. of poem (“All is a kind of toys….”) from “Time Passes”, 4 lines, 8 April 1975, NYC. • Signed ts. of poem (“Zephyrs playing among the boughs….”) from “The Bower”, 5 lines, 8 April 1975, NYC.
7 Letters, 1 Autographed Letter Signed (ALS) and 6 Typed Letters Signed (TLS):
• ALS addressed “Dear Vearl [Moody]”, 21 September 1978, glad to sign books, hopes to see Vearl sometime, has a new book, Of Poets and Poetry, published by the University of Illinois Press.
• TLS to Jim Schendel, 18 July 1961, re sending him a jawbone of a deer picked up on St. Helena near Stonington, Maine.
• TLS to Harry Roskolenko, 12 June 1972, University of Washington letterhead, cannot take on collecting poems, glad to submit poems to the Australian Quadrant, Roskolenko’s publisher didn’t send Eberhart Riselenko’s last book for which Eberhart wrote a blurb, will be teaching at Dartmouth in the fall term.
• TLS on Dartmouth College letterhead where Eberhart was poet in residence to Paul Pauker, 24 June 1974, asking his assistance re distribution of a documentary film about Eberhart by Irving Boughton (4000 feet of film cut down to 23-25 minutes running time), noting that Pauker assisted him previously with respect to a film done by Tri-Pix, NY by Sam Mendelbaum; with a few photocopies related to Eberhart.
• TLS to Henry F. Pommer, Ripon College, 10 November 1975, re composition of “At Lake Geneva”, remembers going to Lake Geneva but forgets the context, discusses his cousin, Ruth Herschberger (“the best un- or partially-published poets”).
• TLS to John E. Chateauneuf, 25 May 1982, prefers to give a reading rather than a lecture but is busy in July and August, perhaps the fall term when he is teaching at Dartmouth or 1983, will be receiving the Hale Award at the Richards Library in Newport, NH, asks about his expenses.
• TLS to Vance Morgan, 4 February 1981, re W.H. Auden’s claim that “you could tell a good poet by change of style… Frost never changed his style, neither did Stevens. Neither did Housman or Hardy”, and that Eberhart’s poetry has turned in the direction of realism.
1 first-day issue envelope:
• Envelope, America’s Libraries, first day of issue, post-marked 13 July 1982, but signed by Eberhart in 1986.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.