Special Collections Department
Edward Field Papers
Manuscript Collection Number: 363
Accessioned: Purchase, 1994.
Extent: 21 linear ft.
Content: Correspondence, photographs and negatives, poems, prose, book reviews, clippings, posters, programs, financial papers, address books, calendars, interviews, books, magazines and journals, flyers, plays, and ephemera.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: 1997-1998 by Anita A. Wellner
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
I. Writing by Edward Field
- Books written with Neil Derrick
- Prose, 1960-1992
- Miscellaneous notes and writing
- Unidentified writing
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1 Series I. Writing by Edward Field, 1950-1994 Series I.1. Poetry, 1951-1994 This series collects poetry written by Edward Field, including published collections of his poems, contributions to magazines, journals and anthologies, audio recordings of reading of his work, his translations of the poetry of others, his worksheets and send-out files of poems. The series also includes several anthologies of poetry edited by Field, poems written about Field, illustrations for some of his poems, and material for poetry workshops taught by Field. See also the correspondence series for material regarding poetry readings, the anthologies and book publication. Published collections of Field's poems, 1962-1994 Arranged chronologically by publication date. Stand Up, Friend, With Me, 1962-1973 New York: Grove Press, 1963 F1 Correspondence, contract, reviews, specification page for proofs, 1962-1963 F2 Correspondence, reviews, royalty statements, 1964-1970 One clipping removed to oversize box 17. F3 Correspondence, royalty statements, Gerald Ginsburg's score for the poem "Prologue," and a menu incorporating "Stand Up, Friend, With Me," 1971-1973 and [n.d.] Score of "Prologue" removed to oversize box 17. F4 Typescript and photocopied draft of poems, with some autograph revisions, [n.d.] F5 Broadside of the poem "Song," 1964 Nov Published by Mills College, includes four copies and a letter. Variety Photoplays, 1966-1990 Originally: New York: Grove Press, 1967 Reprint: Long Beach, CA: Maelstrom Press, 1979 F6 Correspondence, contract, reviews, royalty statements, and Field's draft statement about the book, 1966-1979 F7 Correspondence, reviews, royalty statements, photographs and play script for a play incorporating poems from the book, publicity lists, and drafts of poems included in Variety Photoplays, 1980-1990 1 Series I. Writing by Edward Field (cont'd) Series I.1. Poetry (cont'd) Published collections of Field's poems (cont'd) Sweet Gwendolyn and the Countess, 1974 Gulfport, FL: Konglomerati, 1975 F8 Carbon typescript of the poem, Konglomerati catalog page advertising the book, and page proofs of the title page and first illustration, 1974 A Full Heart, 1970-1978 New York: Sheep Meadow, 1977 F9 Correspondence, reviews, copyrights for poems, notes for corrections to the proofs, and publisher's order form, 1970-1978 F10 Typescript and carbon typescript drafts of the poems for A Full Heart, with some revisions, [n.d.] F11 Page proofs, 1977 Stars in My Eyes, 1974 and [n.d.] New York: Sheep Meadow, 1977/1978 F12 Typescript and carbon typescript drafts of poems for book, with autograph revisions, and a list of inclusions, 1974 and [n.d.] New and Selected Poems from The Book of My Life, 1987-1991 New York: Sheep Meadow, 1987 F13 Correspondence, publicity lists, reviews, and table of contents, 1987-1991 Includes letters from Henri Cole, James Broughton, Vern Rutsala, and Christopher Reid. F14 Typescript, carbon typescript, and photocopied drafts of poems for New and Selected Poems, with autograph reviews, [n.d.] Includes the original title for the book, "A Frieze for a Temple of Love." F15 Typescript, carbon typescripts, and photocopied drafts, with autograph revisions, [n.d.] 1 Series I. Writing by Edward Field (cont'd) Series I.1. Poetry (cont'd) Published collections of Field's poems (cont'd) Counting Myself Lucky: selected poems, 1963-1992, 1990-1994 Santa Rosa, CA: Black Sparrow, 1992 F16 Lists of contents, typescript and photocopied drafts of poems, with autograph revisions, [n.d.] Includes several titles for the book, including "Choose Life" and "Hear O Israel." F17 Typescript and photocopied drafts of poems (some bearing extensive autograph revisions) and author's preface, [1990-1991] F18 Reviews and flyers, 1992-1994 Books of poetry translated, edited and/or compiled by Field, 1976-1994 Includes two unpublished anthologies: "Funny Poems" and "Getting Into Sex." See also Series III.2 Prose for a translation and commentary on poems by Zisha Landau (F110). Arranged chronologically by publication date, with unpublished material at the end. Songs and Stories of the Netsilik Eskimos, [n.d.] Cambridge, MA: Education Development Center, 1967 Translated and edited by Field and expanded as Eskimo Songs and Stories (New York: Delacorte/Lawrence, 1973) F19 Typescript and carbon typescript worksheets of poems (with autograph revisions), plus drafts of introductory material, [n.d.] A Geography of Poets: an anthology of new poetry, 1976-1986 Edited by Field, New York: Bantam, 1979 F20 Correspondence, contract, Bantam catalog, royalty statements, reviews, flyer, 1976-1986 A New Geography of Poets, 1989-1994 Compiled and edited by Field, Gerald Locklin, and Charles Stetler (Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 1992). Files include extensive correspondence with Miller Williams, Gerald Locklin, and Charles Stetler. Also includes letters from many of the poets included in the anthology. F21 Correspondence, 1989 Includes letter from Sharon Olds. 1 Series I. Writing by Edward Field (cont'd) Series I.1. Poetry (cont'd) Books of poetry translated, edited and/or compiled by Field (cont'd) A New Geography of Poets (cont'd) F22 Correspondence, biographical notes on authors, and lists of poems to consider for inclusion, 1990 Jan-Aug Includes letters from James Broughton, Al Masarik, Vern Rutsala, Charles Ghigna, Eugene B. Redmond, John Bensko, Ami Baraka, and Turner Cassidy. F23 Correspondence, poems, lists of poems, 1990 Sep-Dec Includes letters from Ron Padgett, James Whitehead, Martin Kirby, Madeline DeFrees, Paul Lawson, Molly Peacock, Kathleen Iddings, and Sharon Olds. F24 Correspondence, permission forms, and poems, 1991 Jan-May Includes letters from Ishmael Reed, X. J. Kennedy, Antler, and others. F25 Correspondence, draft of acknowlegements, poems, and permission forms, 1991 Jun-Dec Includes letters from William Stafford, James Dickey, Maxine Kumin, and Kathleen Norris. F26 Correspondence, poems, reviews, royalty statements, and lists of contents, 1992 Includes letters from James Broughton and Charles Webb. F27 Correspondence, notes, table of contents, list of poets and addresses, library information, clippings, and publishers information, [n.d.] Includes letters from Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Alicia Ostriker. F28 Contributors' notes, 1991 Includes a biographical note on each poet, some with letters from the poets. Typescript and photocopy draft, with introduction, [n.d.] 2 F29 Part I F30 Part II Final draft, with illustration for cover,  F31 Part I F32 Part II F33 Review and publicity, 1992-1994 2 Series I. Writing by Edward Field (cont'd) Series I.1. Poetry (cont'd) Books of poetry translated, edited and/or compiled by Field (cont'd) "Funny Poems," 1976 A collection of typescript and photocopied poems for an anthology of humorous poems which was never published. F34 Correspondence and poems, 1976 "Getting Into Sex: An Anthology of American Poetry of the New Sexuality," 1977-1978 A collection of typescript and photocopied poems for an anthology of poem related to human sexuality which was never published. F35 Correspondence, synopsis, and poems, 1977-1978 F36 Poems, [n.d.] F37 Poems, [n.d.] Published poems in newspapers, periodicals, and curriculum, 1951-1984 Consists of a folder of clippings, tearsheets, or flyers with individual poems by Field. For copies of magazines, journals, and newspapers containing poems written by Field see the magazine series. For books containing contributions by Field see the book section. Arranged chronologically. F38 Clippings, tearsheets, and flyers, 1951-1984 Poetry worksheets of drafts of Field poems, 1964 and [n.d.] Extensive collection of worksheets/drafts of Field's poems. Includes autograph, typescript, carbon typescript, and photocopied drafts, many with autograph revisions. The drafts remain in the order in which they arrived. When possible the folder description will indicate books in which some of the folder's poems were published. F39 Worksheets, [n.d.] Includes poems published in A Full Heart. F40 Worksheets, 1964 and [n.d.] Includes poems published in Variety Photoplays. F41 Worksheets, [n.d.] Includes poems published in Variety Photoplays; Stand Up, Friend, With Me; and Eskimo Songs and Stories. 2 Series I. Writing by Edward Field (cont'd) Series I.1. Poetry (cont'd) Poetry worksheets of drafts of Field poems (cont'd) F42 Worksheets, 1964 and [n.d.] Includes poems published in Variety Photoplays. F43 Worksheets, [n.d.] Includes poems published in Counting Myself Lucky. F44 Worksheets, [n.d.] Includes poems published in Counting Myself Lucky. F45 Worksheets, [n.d.] Includes poems published in Counting Myself Lucky. F46 "Works in Progress" [worksheets], [n.d.] 3 "Send Out Files," 1992 and [n.d.] Field maintained a file of poems (in no particular order) to be sent out for publication. Numerous copies of poems are present, some bearing autograph revisions, but most being clean typescript or photocopies. Files are arranged as originally received. F47 Send out files, 1992 and [n.d.] Contains photocopies of published poems written by Field. F48 Send out files, [n.d.] Typescript and photocopies of poems. F49 Send out files, [n.d.] Typescript and photocopies of poems, a few bear autograph corrections. F50 Send out files, [n.d.] Typescript and photocopies of poems. F51A Send out files, [n.d.] Typescript and photocopies of poems. A couple of copies of published poems and a few bearing autograph corrections. F51B Send out files, [n.d.] Typescript and photocopies of poems, many bear lists of journals or magazines
to which the poems were submitted and which publisher accepted them. F52 "Goodbye to Berlin," 2003 Typescript (computer)of a poem written by Field in the summer of 2003. 3 Series I. Writing by Edward Field (cont'd) Series I.1. Poetry (cont'd) Audio recording of Field's poetry, 1974-1991 Includes Field reading his poetry, his memorial tribute to May Swenson, and a performance of a musical version of Field's poem "Prologue." Arranged alphabetically by title. F53 "Edward Field - October 23, 1974," 1974 Oct 23 Reel to reel recording. F54 "Edward Field - The Lost, Dancing," 1984 Audio cassette tape of Field reading his poems and Poetry on Tape catalog. Produced by Watershed Tapes as part of the Signature Series (No. C-176). F55 "Memorial Tribute to May Swenson," 1991 Mar 28 Audio cassette tape which includes Field's tribute at a memorial sponsored by the American Academy of Poets at the New York Historical Society. F56 "New Letters on the Air - Edward Field," [n.d.] Audio cassette tape featuring Field reading his poems and responding to an interviewer's questions. Also includes a list of "New Letters on the Air" titles. F57 Off the Page, The First Video Poetry Magazine, 1991 Videocassette (removed to book section, see item #106 on shelf) which includes Field reading his poems. F58 "Prologue,"  Audio cassette tape of a performance of a musical version of Field's poem "Prologue," as scored by Gerald Ginsburg. A copy of the original score is available in the oversize section Box 17 (removed from F3). Performances which include Field's poems, 1965-1990 Arranged chronologically. F59 Correspondence and programs, 1965-1990 Includes poetry readings and poems set to music. Ink and watercolor drawings illustrating several Field poems, 1969 F60 Illustrations for "The Garden," "The Charmed Pool," and "Mark Twain and Sholem Aleichem, plus a letter from Rita Katz, 1969 3 Series I. Writing by Edward Field (cont'd) Series I.1. Poetry (cont'd) Poems about Edward Field, 1977 and [n.d.] F61 Includes poems by Erin Boylan, Jenijoy La Belle, Sheila Bowler, and Elaine Galanis Bryan, 1977 and [n.d.] Poetry workshops and programs, [n.d.] F62 Notes and poems for poetry workshops and for the Ethnic Roots Reading Program, [n.d.] See also the "Appearances" subseries of the correspondence (II.6). Series I.2. Books written as "Bruce Elliot" (with Neil Derrick), 1982-1987 Field and Derrick used the pseudonym, Bruce Elliot, in writing The Potency Clinic (New York: Bleecker Street, 1978), Village (New York: Avon, 1982), and The Office (New York: Ballantine, 1987). Copies of The Office and Village are available in Special Collections. Included here are synopsis for two other books by Bruce Elliot. F63 Synopsis for "Trinity" and "The Drifter," [n.d.] Series I.3. Prose written by Field, 1960-1992 Includes narrations for the motion picture To Be Alive, as well as articles, introductions, autobiographical essays, and book reviews. Motion picture narration for To Be Alive, 1964 Francis Thompson Inc., 1964 F64 Reviews for the film To Be Alive, 1964 Eighteen minute film written by Field. Reviews, articles, statements, introductions, and autobiographical prose, 1960-1992 The reviews and articles are arranged alphabetically by title. Information about publication is noted when available. The various articles related to Alfred Chester are filed together under "Chester." F65 [Advice to Young Writers], [n.d.] Autograph notes and typescript drafts, written for Roy Zapeda. 3 Series I. Writing by Edward Field (cont'd) Series I.3. Prose written by Field (cont'd) Reviews, articles... (cont'd) F66 "The American Novel as Pop Art, or The Pop Novel,"  Typescript drafts of Field's book review of John Clellon Holmes's Get Home Free. Published as "Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!" in Book Week (1964 Jun 7), a photocopy of the review is included. F67 "Brooklyn" and untitled autobiographical pieces, [n.d.] Autograph and typescript drafts. Alfred Chester books and articles Includes typescript drafts, most with autograph revisions. Head of a Sad Angel: stories, 1953-1966 Edited this selection of stories written by Alfred Chester, Black Sparrow, 1990. See the Edward Field Papers related to Alfred Chester (Ms 3xx). Looking for Genet Editor for Alfred Chester's book, Black Sparrow, 1992 See the Edward Field Papers related to Alfred Chester (Ms 340). A draft for the introduction to Looking for Genet is available in F72. F68 "Alfred Chester and Susan Sontag," [n.d.] F69 "Alfred Chester in Morocco," [n.d.] F70 "Alfred Chester's Women," [n.d.] F71 "Goodbye to Christendom," [n.d.] F72 Introduction and table of contents for Looking for Genet F73 Material for the Alfred Chester Society newsletter, 1964-1992 Includes poems, book reviews, notes. F74 Untitled and incomplete manuscript about Chester, [n.d.] F75A "The Cult of the Body," [n.d.] F75B "Dining with Rosetta Reitz," [late 1960s] Typescript with autograph revisions of an unpublished article written for the Village Voice. Field used the pseudonym Lamar Hurleburt. F76 "Doing It With Mirrors, or Deconstructing My Body," [n.d.] F77 "Frank O'Hara," [n.d.] F78 "Gay in the Army," [n.d.] F79 "Getting to Know You," [n.d.] Book review of Rudy Kikel's Long Division. 3 Series I. Writing by Edward Field (cont'd) Series I.3. Prose written by Field (cont'd) Reviews, articles... (cont'd) F80 "A Goy's Guide to Jewish New York," [n.d.] F81 [Untitled] article regarding the Greek island of Hydra, [n.d.] F82 "Herman Rose," [n.d.] Review of paintings by Rose. F83 "How to Succeed with a Homosexual," [n.d.] F84 "Leonard Bernstein," [n.d.] F85 "Living Cheaply in Puerto Rico," [n.d.] F86 "Madame," [n.d.] Autobiographical piece. F87 "Making a Living as a Poet," [n.d.] F88 "May Swenson: A Memoir,"  Numerous drafts with a variety of titles. F89 "The Movies as American Mythology," 1969 Jun Includes drafts and tearsheets of the article as printed in Concerning Poetry (1969 Jun). F90 "Muriel,"  Written for the Fall 1992 issue of Confrontation, the essay is written with Neil Derrick. Includes Confrontation page proofs. F91 "Neo Pop, The New Populist Poetry,"  Includes typescript drafts and photocopies of the article as published in Poets and Writers (1992 Jul/Aug). F92 "Notes Toward an Introduction,"  Introduction for the 1965 issue of Cross Currents. F93 "On Winning a Lammy," [n.d.] F94 "Paris 48: Education of a Poet," [n.d.] F95 [Untitled statement on Field's Philosophy of Poetry], 1960 Dec F96 "The Poetry File," [n.d.] 3 Series I. Writing by Edward Field (cont'd) Series I.3. Prose written by Field (cont'd) Reviews, articles... (cont'd) F97 [Untitled notes and draft for primal therapy],  F98 "Proclamation," [n.d.] F99 "A Requiem for Five Corners," [n.d.] F100 "Robert Lowell," [n.d.] F101 "The Scandals of Tchelitchew," 1967 Feb 26 Drafts and photocopy of Field's review of Parker Tyler's The Divine Comedy of Pavel Tchelitchew: A Biography, as published in Book Week (1967 Feb 26). F102 "A Search for Bob," [n.d.] Synopsis for a 28-minute documentary. F103 Introduction for "Selected Poems of Cavafy," [n.d.] F104 "Son of Gurdjieff, In Search of Fritz Peters," [n.d.] F105 "Star Portrait: Felice Picano," [n.d.] 4 F106 "Tangier Diary: A Visit to Paul Bowles," [n.d.] Also titled "From a Tangier Diary: Tea at Paul Bowles's." F107 "T. C. and the Traveler," [n.d.] F108 Preface for poem by Tu Fu, [n.d.] F109 "Variety Photoplays, a memoir," [n.d.] Authored by "Bruce Elliot," an autobiographical piece regarding the Variety Photoplays movie theater. F110 Translation and comments on poems by Zisha Landau,  Includes drafts and correspondence. Field's letters to the editor, 1965-1992 F111 Drafts and photocopies of published letters written by Field to the editors of a variety of newspapers and journals, 1965-1992 4 Series I. Writing by Edward Field (cont'd) Series I.4. Plays written by Field, [n.d.] Includes drafts of dialogue for a children's play titled "Frankenstein," plus a synopsis for "Aku-Aku," and synopsis and dialogue for "Unwanted." Arranged alphabetically by title. F112 "Aku-Aku," [n.d.] F113 "Frankenstein: A Play for Children," [n.d.] See also Ms 99 F734 for a completed draft sent to Jack Gottlieb. F114 "Unwanted," [n.d.] F115 Unidentified dialogue for plays, [n.d.] Series I.5. Journals of Edward Field, 1963-1993 This series includes the typescript pages and autograph notebooks kept as a journal by Field. The journals record Field's daily observations, dreams, travels, personal conflicts, ideas for and drafts of poems, notes and drafts for essays or autobiographical pieces, drafts of letters, and chronicles of physical symptoms. The journals are intensely personal and reflect Field's personal relationships and his craft as a poet. The journals are arranged in chronological order, with undated material at the end of the series. F116 1963 F117 1964 F118 1965 F119 1966 F120 1967 F121 1968 F122 1969 F123 1970 Jan-Mar F124 1970 Mar-May F125 1971 Jan - 1972 Dec F126 1971 Mar-Jun F127  F128 1972 F129 1973 F130 [1974-1975] F131 [1977-1978] F132 [1970s] F133 1985-1986 (with laid in items from 1989-1991) F134 1992 Aug - 1993 Jul F135 1993 Sep - 1994 Apr F136 [n.y.] or [n.d.] F137 [n.d.] 4 Series I. Writing by Edward Field (cont'd) Series I.6. Miscellaneous notes and writing, [n.d.] F138 Autograph and typescript notes, and miscellaneous portions of writing about poetry, translation, puritanism, and sex, [n.d.] Also uncludes reader's notes regarding Field's manuscript, "Kabuli Days," which chronicle his travels in Afganistan in 1972. Series I.7. Unidentified writing, [n.d.] F139 "The Portrait," [n.d.] Two-page typescript by an unidentified individual.
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