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For Charles Olson, letters were not only a daily means of communication with friends but were at the same time a vehicle for exploratory thought.
In fact, many of Olson's finest works, including Projective Verse and the Maximus Poems, were formulated as letters. Olson's letters are important to an understanding of his definition of the postmodern, and through the play of mind exhibited here we recognize him as one of the vital thinkers of the twentieth century.


In this volume, edited and annotated by Ralph Maud, we see Olson at the height of his powers and also at his most human. Nearly 200 letters, selected from a known 3,000, demonstrate the wide range of Olson's interests and the depth of his concern for the future. Maud includes letters to friends and loved ones, job and grant applications, letters of recommendation, and Black Mountain College business letters, as well as correspondence illuminating Olson's poetics. As we read through the letters, which span the years from 1931, when Olson was an undergraduate, to his death in 1970, a fascinating portrait of this complex poet and thinker emerges.

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Editorial Reviews

Artforum
With Selected Letters, Maud continues the superb work he has already done on Olson in two critical works and as coeditor of the Olson/Boldereff correspondence.
Artforum
With Selected Letters, Maud continues the superb work he has already done on Olson in two critical works and as coeditor of the Olson/Boldereff correspondence.
Buffalo News
[W]hen you sail with Olson, you're on a voyage in an open sea. All the compasses and provisions never quite lessen the hair-raising sense of adventure. —Editor¹s Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520205802
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/21/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 532
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Olson (1910-1970) is best known for his book on Melville, Call Me Ishmael; his poetic manifesto, Projective Verse; and The Maximus Poems. He was the dynamic leader of what has come to be known as the Black Mountain school of poets, named for Black Mountain College, the experimental school where Olson was a presence from 1948 until its closing in 1956.
The University of California Press has published several books of Olson's poetry, including The Maximus Poems (1983), The Collected Poems of Charles Olson (1987), and Selected Poems (1993), as well as Olson's Collected Prose (1997). Also available from California is A Guide to the Maximus Poems of Charles Olson by George F. Butterick (1978).
Ralph Maud has been reading and teaching Olson ever since he met the poet in 1963, at the beginning of the two years they both taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Maud is the author of Charles Olson's Reading: A Biography (1995) and What Does Not Change: The Significance of Charles Olson's "The Kingfishers" (1997). He is Emeritus Professor of English and Associate of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xv
Library Sources for the Charles Olson Letters in This Volume xxiii
A Chronology of Charles Olson's Life and Correspondence xxvii
Letter I
1. To Charles Joseph Olson (1931) 3
2. To the Rhodes Scholarship Committee (1931) 5
3. To Wilbert Snow (1932) 9
4. To John Finch (1935) 12
5. To Barbara Denny (1936) 13
6. To Anne Bosshard (1936) 16
Letter II
7. To Dorothy Norman (1938-1939) 21
8. To F. O. Matthiessen (1939) 24
9. To Carl Van Doren and Van Wyck Brooks (1940) 27
10. To Waldo Frank (1940) 29
11. To Constance Wilcock (1941) 30
12. To Homer and Viola Barrett (1941) 34
13. To the Office of Strategic Services (1942) 36
Letter III
14. To Alfred Stieglitz (1945) 41
15. To Malcolm Cowley (1945) 41
16. To Oscar Lange (1945) 42
17. To William H. Tripp (1945) 44
18. To Winfred Overholser and Mary Rudge (1946) 47
19. To Robert Hannegan (1946) 49
20. To Ezra Pound (1946) 53
21. To Adam Kulikowski (1946) 55
22. To Ruth Benedict (1946) 57
23. To John Berryman (1947) 60
24. To Harvey Breit (1947) 63
25. To Eleanor and Harry Metcalf (1947) 64
26. To Douglas Fox (1947) 65
27. To Edward Dahlberg (1947) 67
28. To Monroe Engel (1947) 68
29. To Muriel Rukeyser (1947) 71
30. To the Guggenheim Foundation (1948) 72
31. To Ezra Pound (1948) 75
Letter IV
32. To the Western Playing Card Company (1948) 81
33. To Edward Dahlberg and Caresse Crosby (1948) 83
34. To Henry Murray (1948) 87
35. To Josef Albers (1948) 90
36. To Caresse Crosby and Robert Payne (1949) 92
37. To Kitue Kitasono (1949) 95
38. To Albert Erskine (1949) 96
39. To Ben Shahn (1949) 97
40. To Michael Lekakis (1949) 99
41. To Ray B. West (1950) 102
42. To Vincent Ferrini (1950) 105
43. To Robert Creeley (1950) 109
44. To Jay Leyda (1950) 112
45. To Robert Giroux (1950) 116
46. To Frances Boldereff (1950) 118
47. To Carl O. Sauer (1950) 119
48. To Cid Corman (1950) 121
49. To Rainer Gerhardt (1951) 124
Letter V
50. To Robert Wauchope (1951) 131
51. To Fielding Dawson (1951) 132
52. To Stuart Z. Perkoff (1951) 134
53. To Ben Shahn and W. H. Ferry (1951) 136
54. To the Fulbright Committee (1951) 145
55. To Henry Murray (1951-1952) 147
56. To Frank Moore (1952) 158
57. To Merton Sealts (1952) 160
58. To Merce Cunningham (1952) 173
59. To Connie Olson (1952) 174
60. To Carl Jung (1952) 180
61. To Edgar Anderson (1953) 183
62. To Worcester Classical High School (1953) 184
63. To Jonathan Williams (1953) 186
64. To Paul Blackburn (1953) 190
65. To Bernard Kneiger (1953) 194
66. To Ronald Mason (1953) 197
67. To Frederick Merk (1953) 202
68. To Robert Duncan (1953) 206
Letter VI
69. To Irving Layton (1954) 217
70. To the Department of Public Instruction (1954) 220
71. To Gerald van de Wiele (1954) 223
72. To William Carlos Williams (1954) 224
73. To Vincent Ferrini (1954) 229
74. To Raymond Souster (1955) 233
75. To Larry Eigner (1956) 236
76. To Edward Marshall (1956) 237
77. To Ruth Witt-Diamant (1957) 239
78. To Robin Blaser (1957) 241
79. To Michael Rumaker (1957) 246
Lettrs VII
80. To Vincent Ferrini (1957) 251
81. To Betty Olson (1957) 252
82. To Philip Whalen (1957) 254
83. To Allen Ginsberg (1958) 258
84. To Gael Turnbull (1958) 261
85. To Elaine Feinstein (1959) 264
86. To John Wieners (1959) 266
87. To David Ignatow (1960) 267
88. To Michael McClure (1960) 271
89. To Gordon Cairnie (1960) 272
90. To Donald Allen (1960) 273
91. To Kenneth McRobbie (1960) 277
92. To Anselm Hollo (1960) 280
93. To Gilbert Sorrentino (1961) 281
94. To Alfred Mansfield Brooks (1961) 282
95. To Harry Levin (1962) 283
96. To Hank Chapin (1962) 285
97. To Florene Williams (1963) 286
98. To George Bowering (1963) 289
99. To Wesley Huss (1963) 292
Letter VIII
100. To Robert Kelly (1963) 297
101. To Timothy Leary (1963) 298
102. To Eric Havelock (1963) 299
103. To Ralph Maud (1963) 300
104. To LeRoi Jones (1964) 304
105. To Mac Hammond (1964) 307
106. To Edward Van Aelstyn (1964) 308
Letter IX
107. To Robert Creeley and Vincent Ferrini (1964) 313
108. To Richard Sassoon (1964) 315
109. To Suzie Cardone (1964) 316
110. To Harvey Brown (1964) 317
111. To Harry Martin (1965) 319
112. To Edward Dorn (1965) 321
113. To Mary Shore and Vincent Ferrini (1965) 325
114. To Suzanne Mowat (1965) 326
115. To Albert Glover (1965) 331
116. To John Clarke (1965) 332
117. To Ralph Maud (1965) 335
118. To Andrew Crozier (1965) 336
119. To Albert Cook (1965) 337
120. To the Gloucester Daily Times (1965) 341
121. To Betty Smith (1965) 344
122. To Henry Rago (1966) 347
123. To Bruce Loder (1966) 349
124. To Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1966) 350
125. To John L. Sweeney (1966) 351
126. To Albert Glover (1966) 353
127. To Robert Hogg (1966) 357
128. To Frank Davey (1966) 359
129. To Ed Sanders (1966) 360
130. To Jeremy Prynne (1966) 361
131. To Edward Dorn (1966) 362
132. To Tom Raworth (1966) 364
133. To Constance Bunker (1966) 366
134. To Joyce Benson (1966) 368
135. To Walter Lowenfels (1966) 372
136. To Bill Berkson (1966) 373
137. To Pamela Millward (1966) 374
138. To Alan and Diane Marlowe (1966) 375
139. To Zoe Brown (1966) 376
140. To George Starbuck (1966) 377
Letter X
141. To Kate Olson and Harvey Brown (1966) 381
142. To T. L. Kryss (1966) 383
143. To Robert Creeley (1966) 384
144. To Mary Shore (1967) 386
145. To Chad Walsh (1967) 387
146. To Harvey Brown (1967) 389
147. To Donald Sutherland (1967-1968) 390
148. To Martin Duberman (1967) 393
149. To Robert Duncan (1968) 396
150. To Joel Oppenheimer (1968) 398
151. To the Gloucester Daily Times (1968) 400
152. To George Butterick (1968) 402
153. To Thorpe Feidt (1968) 403
154. To Barry Hall (1968) 404
155. To Gordon Cairnie (1968) 407
156. To Joseph Garland (1968) 408
157. To Donald Allen (1968) 410
Letter XI
158. To Robert Creeley (1969) 415
159. To Anna Shaughnessy (1969) 415
160. To Barry Miles (1969) 419
161. To Kate Olson (1969) 420
162. To Frances Boldereff (1969) 421
163. To John and Mary Clarke (1969) 422
164. To James Laughlin (1969) 423
165. To Vincent Ferrini (1969) 425
166. To Donald Allen (1969) 425
167. To Joyce Benson (1969) 426
168. To Wilbert Snow (1969) 427
169. To Peter Anastas (1969) 428
170. To Harvey Brown (1969) 429
171. To Inga Loven (1969) 430
172. To Nimai Chatterji (1969) 431
Bibliography 433
Annotated Index 449
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