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Incoming Correspondence || |
Thanks RL for a reprint of poems published
in the Hudson Review. ALS. 1p.
"You compose your
poems within a world of space (a plastic sense), and they have movement. Whether
you deal with abstractions or reality they are 'plastic.' As you say 'Verb not
noun or adjective.' "
In thanks for a copy of RL's Sestina
for a Far-Off Summer. TLS. 1p.
"The poems seem wonderfully
to be one man's; they stretch themselves with an imagination that is all yours,
and hold themselves up for repeated reading."
Card inscribed to RL and his family.
Includes her maiden name (Lolah Mary Egan) and her years at Bryn Mawr (1947-1951).
ANS. With a photocopy of her letter to an unidentified Mayor. Also with a photocopy
from Burford's Edward, Edward, in which she marked passages regarding Edward's
opinions on Latin and includes a note in her own hand:
concur in Edward's 'salute' to Latin, but I'm not so hard on Romans and Roman
civilization, etc., as Edward is!"
Butterly, Daniel R.
Writes regarding his wood cuttings
made to illustrate the Iliad, inspired by RL's translation. TLS. 1p. Poster
of woodcuts enclosed.
Reports on her failure to locate
a publication called The Press at RL's request and includes a brief account
of one of her own poetry readings. TLS. 1p.
[Caskey, John L.]
Feedback on RL's classical translation, most likely of Herodotus. ALS. 4p. See
Box 5 for other Herodotus
|n.y. 11 and 25 July
Regarding the Academy of American Poets.
Representing the Literary Public Affairs
on WZLY-FM at Wellesley College and relates updates on programs and his son Alex.
|1983 April 5|
Memorandum from the National Book
Committee regarding a panel in Translation, for which RL was a juror.
Darrow, Karl K.
Regarding the Penrose Lecture and
sharing his reminiscences about Paul Shorey. TLS. 1p. For the Penrose
Lecture materials, see Box 4, Folders 21 and 22.
Davis, Willoughby T.
Thanks RL for a copy of his
New Testament translation and remarkes on time spent in the Navy. TLS. 1p.
Thanks RL for his poems and hopes
to see him in a few weeks. TLS. 1p.
"What a splendid heart
and mind feels and thinks within you. 'A decade or so now left...' No...More.
And more. Let me rephrase you: Unknown territory glimpsed to be. But of course
the end will be what it has to be. For us all. In sadness but fulfillment."
Dodds, E. R.
In thanks for a copy of RL's I.T.
(Iphigeneia in Taurus) TLS. 1p.
"...(you can say
more in seven pages than others do in seventy)."
"Dick." Thanks RL for a copy of one of his books, grives feedback on
the poems, and updates RL on his son Dikkon and family. TLS. 1p.
"I recognize your new work as so different from our beginnings and your
too much 'Swinburne.' I like the hardness and realism of your work, the dryness,
the vast understanding from which items are plucked and made memorable..."
Regarding RL's Gospels. TLS.
|1979 June 23|
"Bob." Seconds RL's nomination and asks RL to second his of John Frederick
Nims. This is most likely Robert Fitzgerald, who did nominate Nims and was seconded
by Lattimore. See AAIAL Nominations
in Box 8, Folder 9.
Thanks for a poem,
probably RL's "The Father."
"---That you were impressed by it gives me pleasure
and the sense of reward which writers only receive from writers, not from reviewers....to
write a poem to a piece of writing is like writing doubly on the same page...
Thanks RL for poems. ALS. 1p.
APA appeal. TLS. 1p.
"I am nominating Pound's peer
Basil Bunting for honorary membership in the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
If you know his work and are willing can you second the nomination? If it's ok
please let Margaret Mills know, at the Institute, before Oct. 1." APcS.
Writes to RL from
Vermont that he's been entertaining an Italian friend, wants to get out another
issue of Groundswell, the periodical he began with Alec Laing; and is concerned
about his friend Gerry's arthritis. TLS. 1p. With original envelope.
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Letter from Gerry Jacobsen to RL. Writes regarding RL's participation
in Penn's memorial service. ALS. 1p. With original envelope.
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Richmond Lattimore's Memorial to Penn Haile. TD and AMs versions.
Hayden, Phyllis McGinley
Thanks Rl for two books
and sends three of her own works in return - Love Letters, Times Three, and
Christmas Legends. ALS. 2p.
On Beaver College letterhead. Enclosed
a check to cover expenses of photograph. ALS. 1p.
your fine act of piety to Stevens makes me regret all the more my having to admit
failure on funding Bard to Bard..."
Business card of the President of the
International Poetry Forum, with "Thanks!" written on it.
Assignment of a Radnor Junior High
student. ALS. 1p. With envelope.
"I was wondering what
first made you want to write poetry?"
Regarding setting Lattimore's poems
from Poems from Three Decades to music, his own work, and birds. ALS. 2p.
"You're a good editor of your own works (many poets are not)...these are
all 'male voice' texts - so we must look about for a competent baritone..."
Jaunzems, Eva C.
Requesting, as a graduate student,
information regarding a theory. TLS. 1p. With notes in RL's hand.
Johnson, J. Chester
RL for responding to his work. TLS. 1p. See poem sent by Johnson
to RL in Folder 22.
Writes that he is off to visit Israel
and Egypt and to glean experience for an essay on "The Language of Religion"
which might include Lattimore renderings. Mentions RL's sister Isabel. ALS. 1p.
Sent with clipping (not extant)
and writes admiration of RL's Oresteia, which he reviewed. TLS. 1p.
"Nothing in the world of literature has so thrilled or excited me in a
long time...I fear my review is not a very professional job, for God knows I am
no Greek scholar, but personally as well as publicly I wanted to let you know
what a wonderful piece of poetry you have created here."
Laing, Alexander |
Regarding the death of his wife, the poet
Dilys Laing. Also gives his response to Sestina for a Far-Off Summer, comments
on RL's original poetry versus translations, and writes of his own poetic program.
TLS. 2p. Also includes a copy of a program of his wife's poems, assembled after
her death, and with a note in his hand to RL.
of me to trust my judgment in matters springing out of my own experience as well
as out of yours, yet I should tell you that your poems of simple recollection
of your own emotional experience seem to be your very best. Nothing odd about
that, is there, now that it's stated? I suppose I've had to get over my memory
of most of the Lattimore I've read, for many years, as having been translation
that I was moved to trust..."
"...Your devotion to Greece has
acted somewhat in the same fashion, hasn't it? Instead of the long middle period
of grinding it out, you've dealt all the way with first rate material and have
kept your skill sharp in translating it so freshly. Am I permitted to think that
now the just rewards are arriving...that the high inner experience of Lattimore
himself will be more and more the subject?"
Richmond Lattimore's brother
Owen Lattimore was a scholar, author, and teacher who also travelled extensively
and worked in China and other eastern countries. In 1952 he was accused by Senator
Joseph McCarthy of being an espionage agent for the Soviet Union. All charges
were eventually dismissed. More correspondence from Owen Lattimore (including
letters from Eleanor Lattimore, Alice Lattimore, and Richmond) may be found in
Box Five of Katherine McBride's general correspondence.
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Three newspaper clippings pertaining to Owen Lattimore's publications
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Addressed to "Scop" [RL] and Alice, and signed "Scop."
Writes that he has just left Mongolia and while in a city library has found a
medieval MS of the Drutski-dubetski family "where Uncle Alec had been a tutor!...I've
never owed the Mongols so much friendship as I do now. They really put me on my
feet. And I'm coming home with so much work to do that I shall just have
to start my new life." ALS. 2p.
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Letter from Piel Gerard to RL, sending Owen's address. TLS.
Luetge, William J.
Requests RL's autograph on four
of his favorite poems. ALS. 1p.
Thanks for Elephants
and an off-print, which he "wasted no time Frenchifying." ALS. 2p. Last
name not evident, but on Bryn Mawr Department of French letterhead. See his French
translations of two of Lattimore's poems in Folder 22.
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Sent notes constructed from a class meeting and thanks for RL
visiting his class. ALS. 1p.
In response to The Stride of Time.
"But 'Eagle Over the Coast,' even, or especially,
for one who tends to diminish Robinson Jeffers as too often a poseur, is...most
extraordinarily re-creating a poem -- re-creates the poet, the experience of his
best writing, and re-creates a KIND of reading."
"Bill." Thanks RL for a sheaf of his poems. ALS. 1p. See also Meredith's
poems inscribed in RL in Folder 22 and his other letter
seconding his nomination of Frederick Morgan to the American Academy of Arts and
"I'm delighted and grateful for the little sheaf
of best Lattimore. 'Shanhaikuan' is absolutely lovely. 'Aspects of Time' is fine
- the words like found stones from another age. It's comradely of you to send
Moss, Roger W.
Invitation to membership in the Athenaeum.
|1981 Mar 30|
Murphy, Allen A.
Thanks RL for his hospitality and
writes regarding photographs and an exhibition by the Pennyslvania Humanities
Council. TLS. 1p.
|1983 Apr 5|
Representing Power/Rector Productions
and regarding a television program on the subject of translation, to include RL.
|1982 Apr 4|
Expresses pleasure in RL's translation
of the Gospel and the Revelation. Enclosed an edition of the Thomas Gospel (not
extant). On Christ Brotherhood, Santa Fe, New Mexico, letterhead. ALS,.1p.
Perel, Earl Jay
In response to RL having read his
typescript. TLS. 1p.
"I was pleased to learn that you
enjoyed my work, Although I would have very much appreciated some slight comment,
especially on the poetry...Let me thank you again for your willingness to help
me. I quite agree: it is something difficult to sell."
Pritchard's thoughts on modern
poets. TLS. 1p.
"Cummings? Well, he's just never meant
much to me; but I could be impressed by an account of him as a superb song-writer.
I must think about Cummings more. Jeffers I have never got anywhere with; and
since I've gotten everywhere with Frost, I can't understand your preference for
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RL's draft response in his hand. TL. 2p.
for Frost, I think back to a generation ago when I argued with friends who were
horrified to hear that I thought Jeffers a better poet than Frost. Why on earth,
they asked me, and I could only mumble weakly, because he writes better poetry.
This I still think to be true: a more imaginative eye, surer ear, stronger hand,
stronger lines...Williams has far more followers, though
his influence is mostly bad (wasteful spate of watery verse)."
Radloff, Mrs. Carol
Director of the North Shore Country
Day School, requesting permission for the high school to perform RL's Trojan
Women. TLS. 1p.
Richards, I. A., and Dorothea Phillip Richards
In thanks for a copy of Sestina for a Far-Off Summer. Dorothea adds
her remembrances about ascending Parnassus. ALS. 2p.
Richards, J. F. C.
Regarding retirement and RL's
fortunate position at Bryn Mawr. ALS. 2p.
"It must be
very gratifying, as you retire, to know how much you have been appreciated at
your college. I have always been happy for your sake that you were allowed to
do what you do so well, and that you could spend your time writing poetical translations
of Greek authors, instead of hunting for some boring subject, which would be accepted
as a contribution to knowledge, however insignificant it might be. The rest of
us were always caught in that kind of rat-race, asking nervously what we must
do to be saved. But you remained gloriously free on the heights and Bryn Mawr
was delighted to keep you there."
Writes in thanks for a copy of RL's
Sestina for a Far-Off Summer. TLS. 1p. With corrections and exclamations
in AS's hand.
|1962 Sept 16|
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Writes in response to reading Sestina for a Far-Off Summer.
Lists her particular favorites from the volume. TLS. 1p. With corrections and
a note in her hand.
Writes in response to receiving a copy
of Sestina for a Far-Off Summer. TLS. 1p.
Turner, Eric G.
Writes in response to receiving a
copy of RL's translation of Euripides. "You vary the tone and style
with great skill. And I have wrestled with Euripides' Greek..." ALS. 2p.
Regarding military numbers at Plataea.
ALS. 1p. See Box 5 for other Herodotus materials.
Warren, [Robert Penn]
Thanks RL for his poems: ""I
am very glad to have the poems, particularly 'Homecoming Day' and 'Home.' These
are certainly the real thing. I do wish that our paths could cross more often..."
Signed "Rob." TsPcS.
Webster, T. B. L.
Remarks on RL's Story Patterns
and Greek tragedy. ALS. 2p.
Wheelock, John Hall
Regarding reprints sent to him,
RL's tribute to Richards, and RL's poetry. ALS. 4p. With envelope.
"I would say that we see pretty much eye to eye where many of our youthful
contemporaries are concerned...I am an admirer of your own poetry, and am by no
means willing to see it yield first place to your scope and virtuosity as translator.
You are one of the true poets of our time who write not too much but too little."
In response to RL's interest in
him. TLS. 1p.
"I'm honored to have attracted the interest
of a poet and scholar of your distinction and I wish I could give you an answer
to your questions that would be more satisfying to you than this one is likely
to be. All I can tell you is that the answer is in the mystery."
Williams, William Carlos
response to reading Lattimore's poetry and a statement of his interest in the
effect of classical languages, particularly Greek, on modern poetry. Discourses
on the qualities needed for greatness as a poet. TLS. 1p.
"What I am
interested in is how a knowledge of the old language has influenced you in writing
modern english or american verse. You are not quite easy in the medium. You do
not quite make your verses sound as if they originated in a language which is
in everyday use..."
Winnington-Ingram, R. P.
Regarding honorary membership
in the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies. TLS. 1p.
Sends a copy of his new manuscript
Diptych and remarks that a comment from RL would help. TLS. 1p.
On University of Kansas Classics
Department letterhead. Writes on the occasion of birthday, also sends a gift to
RL and asks for a list of other poems published since the collected volume. TLS.
|1981 July 29|
Postcard from Greece relating
sight-seeing. Signature and postmark not clear. With envelope. APcS.
Notes on Greek text. Signature
not clear, on University of California, Los Angeles letterhead. ALS. 1p.
Signed "Greg." Thanks
RL for his hospitality and mentions happy memories of Bryn Mawr. On Harvard University
Department of Classics letterhead. ALS. 1p.
Birthday greetings on the reverse of a colored ink drawing of the symbol of St.
John. Note on the reverse explains iconography of drawing. ANS. 1p.
A poem of three lines, on a
Bryn Mawr card. AN.
The Dial Press
Sidney Q. Phillips to RL. 2 TLS.
The New Yorker |
Howard Moss to RL. 16 TLS.
and R. Hawley Truax to RL. 3 TLS.
Hardy T. Mason to Elisabeth Case. Carbon
copy. 3 TLS.
Draft letter of RL to New Yorker. TLS.
of Chicago Press
Roger W. Shugg, Carroll G. Bowen, Estelle
Stinespring, et al. to RL. 15 TLS.
to RL. 2 ALS.
Frederick Morgan et al. to RL. Some with notes in his hand.
Book list. TLS.
Harold E. Ingle, et al. to RL. 8 TLS.
Announcement from Oxford Books.
of Michigan Press
John Scott Mabom, et al. to RL. 8 TLS.
John F. Nims, et al. to RL. 3 TLS.
2 form letters of acceptance of poems
Fred Wieck, Patricia Mach to RL. 2 TLS.
Hugh van Dusen, Fred Wieck to RL. 3 TLS.
of Sussex and Aldus Books
Essay describing Literature
of the Western World project. Photocopy.
Notes to contributors. Photocopy.
David Daiches, University of Sussex, to RL. 6 TLS, 1 ALS.
Aldus Books. 2 ALS.
Charles Scribner's Sons
RL draft to Scribner's. AMs.
RL to Scribner's. Sample form-letter requesting copyright for poems previously
List of poems and publishers in RL's hand.
Jr., et al to RL. 7 TLS.
re: Greek Tragedy in New Translations
Publishers to RL. 1 TLS.
William Arrowsmith to RL. 2 TLS with photocopy.
Joan Daves to RL. 2 TLS.
Oxford University Press to RL. 2 TLS.
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux
Robert Giroux to RL.
Nancy Miller, et al to RL. 4 TLS.
Roger Strauss to RL. 2 TLS.
Geoffrey Gardner to RL. 3 TLS.
RL, draft to Geoffrey Gardner. AMs.
Louisiana State University Press
Martha Hall to RL.
8 TLS. 2 ALS.
Beverly Jarrett, et al. to RL. 18 TLS.
Continuing Conclusions for publication. Photocopy.
Draft of RL acknowledgment
of copyrights of other publishers/publications.
Note on Permission to Reprint.
Review list for Continuing Conclusions.
Advertising Schedule for Continuing
Publishers Re: Publication of Poems || |
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Paul Kurt Ackermann. Boston University Journal. 2 ALS.
Michael Alexander. Agenda. ALS.
Clive Allison, The Harlequin Poets,
Joseph Epstein. The American Scholar. 1 TLS.
The New Republic. 3TLS.
Jean Garrigue. Doubleday & Co. 1 TLS.
Verna Gillis. Poetry in Public Places. 1 TLS.
James B. Gwynne. Steppingstones.
Marguerite Harris. A Tumult for John Berryman. 1 TLS.
L. James. Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company. 1 TLS.
The Times Literary Supplement. 1 TLS.
Carolyn Kizer. Poetry Northwest.
Miriam Kotzin. Unclear publishers. 1 TLS.
Sydney Lea. New England
Review. 1 TLS.
Denise Levertov. 1968 War Resisters' League Engagement
Calendar. 2 TLS.
Amy Loveman. The Saturday Review. 1 TLS.
F. Pater. Monitor Book Co., Anthology of Magazine Verse Yearbook of American
Poetry. 1 TLS.
Ernest M. Robson. Primary and Dufour Press, 3 TLS.
Ernest Stefanik. The Rook Society, The Sound of a Few Leaves. 1 TLS.
Gregory Stephenson. Pearl. 1 ALS.
Vernon Sternberg. Southern University
Illinois Press. 1 TLS.
James Vinson. St. James, Contemporary Poets.
David Wagoner. Poetry Northwest. 1 TLS.
Bits Press, Light Year. 1 TLS.
Richard L. Wentworth. The University
of Illinois Press. 1 TLS.
Steve Pike. The Word-Smith. 1 TLS and 1 ALS.
Unclear publisher. The Charles Street Press. 1 ALS.
Suzanne Zimmer. Poetry
on the Buses. 1 TLS.
Miscellaneous Correspondence Re: Publishers/Publications
Helen Cohan. Appleton-Century-Crofts. 1 TLS.
Toby Cole. Actors and Authors
Janus Derks. Editions Rodopi. 1 TLS.
Emery George. Unknown publication.
Pauline Hire. Cambridge University Press. 1 TLS.
Doubleday & Co. 1 TLS.
Elizabeth Kray. The Academy of American Poets.
Ian Mackenzie. Ohio University Press. 1 TLS.
Michael C.J. Putnam.
Brown University Department of Classics. 1 TLS.
Unknown correspondent. 1 ALS.
(alphabetical by author)||Date|
Palmer. "Unnatural Love in Etruscan Places." Poem. Offprint. Inscribed
to RL. ||1962 Jan 1|
Casseres, Isabel. Translations and Original Poems. Typescripts with
emendations in handwriting. See also the letter of December
1972 from Frederick Morgan of the Hudson Review
to RL regarding the publication of "Leave-Taking" (Box 6, Folder 8).
"Betrothal," from Federico
García Lorca. 2 copies. "
"Lemon Grove," from
Federico García Lorca
"Nocturnes from the Window."
"Song of First Desire." 2 copies
(Final Song)." 2 copies
"Four Ballads in Yellow"
"Two Sonnets from the French of Joachim
Du Bellay." 4p.
"The Cracked Bells," from Charles
"Contemplation," from Charles Baudelaire. 3 copies.
"The Stone of Rio"
Girl." 2 copies.
"Your Girl." 2 copies.
Hoekstra, Frances Stokes. "Leaving A Summer House." Poem. TD.||1974
J. Chester. "Darkness." Poem enclosed in letter. Photocopy of TD. See
the letter from J. Chester Johnson to Lattimore in Folder
2.||1971 June 12|
Carolyn. "Summer Near the River." Poem. TD.||n.d.|
Jack. "Wish." Inscribed to RL. Photocopy.||n.d.|
poem on card.||n.d.|
William. "Dreams of Suicide." Poem signed "W.M." and inscribed
to RL. TD. See letter from Meredith to Lattimore in Folder
William. "The Cheer." Poem. Inscribed to RL, signed "Bill".
Frederick. "The Snows Have Melted." Poem. Offprint. Inscribed to RL.||1976|
Mario [M. M.]. "Shanhaikuan" and "Foyer." Poems. TD. French
translations of Lattimore. See correspondence with Mario
in Folder 2.||n.d.|
Anne. "Tapestry." Poem. TD. ||n.d.|
"Elegy." Poem. Photocopy. ||n.d.|
"La Vie en Rose." Poem. TD.||n.d.|
Richmond Lattimore." Poem. TD.||1983 Apr|
|6||22||Updike, John. "Seven
Stanzas at Easter." Poem. Photocopy. Unsigned. ||n.d.|
Never Mention Aunt Clara." Poem as sung by James Montgomery, from The
Baker Street Journal. 2p. Photocopy.||1968 Mar|
|Essays and Other Works (alphabetical
Dickinson, Hugh. "Primacy of Action in The Trojan Women."
Photocopy of typescript.
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Letter from Hugh Dickinson to Lattimore. TLS.
Elliot, George P. "Back in There with The Gods." Photocopy
of typescript. In hand: "Forthcoming in American Poetry Review."
Heighes, Ursula. 2 ALS. With musical notations to Greek lyrics.
Sept & Oct|
Lloyd-Jones, Hugh. "Modern Interpretation of Pindar: The Second Pythian
and Seventh Nemean Odes." Photocopy.
[Lloyd-Jones, Hugh]. "Nietzsche and the Study of the Ancient World."
Typescript. With emendations.
McNeal, R. A. "Sense and Symbol in Pindar's Fourth Isthmian." Photocopy
Meek, Allene. "Similes of Homer's Iliad." Photocopy of typescript.
G. "Pindar's Homer and the Traditions of Lyric in Archaic Greece." Photocopy.|| |
Palmer, John. "He Spoke Like a Dragon." Photocopy.
Pearcy, Lee T., Jr. "Hymn to Aphrodite." Translated. Photocopy of
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Pearcy to Richmond Lattimore. ALS. Notecard.
Perkus, Nancy. "Homer and the Abstract Vision." Senior project submitted
at Bard College. Photocopy of typescript.
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Letter to Richmond Lattimore. Reminds RL that they met at the
symposium on translation at the Poetry Society of America and asked if he would
read her thesis. "My first and last love is Homer..." ALS. Enclosed
thesis not extant.
|n.y. May 27|
"Marathon: A Tragic Play in One Act." Photocopy of typescript.
Smith, Peter. Paper on Alcaeus. Photocopy of typescript.
"The Unity of Hesiod's Works and Days." Computer print-out.