Special Collections Department
Collection of Diane Di Prima
Letters and Poetry
Manuscript Collection Number: 183
Accessioned: Acquired 1969
Extent: 31 items ( 166 pp. ).
Content: Letters and poems
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: 1969; revised August 1992 by Anita A. Wellner.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
In addition to writing poetry, Di Prima's career has included the following editorial positions: co-editor with Le Roi Jones (Imamu Amiri Baraka) of Floating Bear (1961-1963) and later sole editor from 1963-1969; contributing editor to Kulchur (1960-1961); associate editor of Signal Magazine (1963-1965); publisher and editor of The Poets Press, New York (1964-1969); and editor and publisher of Eidolon Editions, Point Reyes, California (1972-1976). She has also been associated with the Wingbow Press, Berkeley, California and an instructor at the Naropa Institute (1974- ) and the New College of California (1979- ). Di Prima was also a co-founder of the American Theatre for Poets.
Diane Di Prima has written books of poetry, plays, and fiction, as well as contributing to the writings of others.
Sources:Charters, Ann (ed.) Dictionary of Literary Biography. Volume 16. The Beats: Literary Bohemians in Postwar America. Part I: A-L. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1983. pp. 149-160.
Greiner, Donald J. (ed.) Dictionary of Literary Biography. Volume 5. American Poets Since World War II. Part I: A-K. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1980. pp. 202-205.
Lepper, Gary M. A Bibliographical Introduction to Seventy-five Modern American Authors. Berkeley: Serendipity Books, 1976. pp. 149-155.
Metzger, Linda (ed.) Contemporary Authors. New Revision Series, Volume 13. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1984. pp. 150-151.
Scope and Contents Note
In her letters, Di Prima reveals a great deal of information about her family life and travels. Her letters originate from several California locations, including Stinson Beach (1962), Topanga (1962-1963), Sawyers Bar (1969), and San Francisco (1970-1971). She discusses her children (Jeanne, Dominique, Alexander, Tara, Rudra), her husbands Alan Marlowe and Grant Fisher, jobs, educational possibilities, finances, and life in San Francisco.
Series I. Letters, 1962-1971 Consists of the letters of Di Prima to her parents, Frank and Emma Di Prima. The letters describe her personal life and travels, including detailed information about her children, finances, and family life. The letters are arranged chronologically. F1 Letters, 1962 5 items (17 leaves) 21 pp. F2 Letters, 1963 Jan-Feb 5 items (14 leaves) 27 pp. F3 Letters, 1963 Mar-May 7 items (24 leaves) 34 pp. F4 Letters, 1969-1971 7 items (9 leaves) 21 pp. F5 Letters, [1963-1971] 6 items (7 leaves) 12 pp. Series II. Freddie Poems, 1957-1966 These poems were first published in 1966 as Poems for Freddie by Poets Press. They were republished in 1974 by Eidolon Editions as Freddie Poems. Fred Herko in fiction, drama, and poetry is the subject of these poems. A copy of Freddie Poems is available in Special Collections (PS 3507 .I68 F73 1974). F6 Poems, 1957-1966 Consists of one typescript titled Freddie Poems, which bears autograph corrections and a signed cover sheet. The poems are dated between 1957 and 1966. 1 item (51 leaves) 51 pp.
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