University of Delaware Library

Special Collections Department

Collection of
John Malcolm Brinnin-Kimon Friar
and Brinnin Literary Manuscripts

1933 - 1988
(bulk dates 1936 - 1950)

Manuscript Collection Number: 257
Accessioned: Gift of Kimon Friar, June 1991.
Extent: 4 linear ft.
Content: Correspondence, photographs, phonograph recordings, poems, and short stories.
Access: Written permission is required for access during the lifetime of the correspondents.
Processed: June 1992 and revised July 2000 by Anita A. Wellner.

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Biographical Notes

John Malcolm Brinnin

Poet and biographer John Malcolm Brinnin was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on September 13, 1916, to John A. Brinnin and Frances Malcolm Brinnin. When he was young his family moved to Detroit, Michigan. Brinnin graduated from the University of Michigan in 1942 and within a year entered graduate school at Harvard University.

Brinnin, who was also a critic, anthologist, and teacher, taught at Vassar, Boston University, the University of Connecticut, and Harvard. He was Director of the Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association Poetry Center (the 92nd Street Y) in New York City during one of the Center's most successful periods (1949-1956).

Brinnin was the first person to bring Welsh poet Dylan Thomas to the United States and was responsible for all of Dylan Thomas's reading tours in this country. Brinnin's best known work, Dylan Thomas in America, published in 1955, provides a personal memoir of Dylan Thomas's trips to America as Brinnin observed them, and carries a moving account of the period of Thomas's death in 1953. Dylan Thomas in America was made into the 1964 Broadway play, Dylan. Brinnin later narrated a motion picture, The Days of Dylan Thomas.

John Malcolm Brinnin published a number of collections of poems. Brinnin's first collection of verse, The Garden is Political, was published in 1942. Subsequent collections of poems include The Lincoln Lyrics (1942), No Arch, No Triumph (1945), The Sorrows of Cold Stone (1951), and Selected Poems of John Malcolm Brinnin (1963). Skin Diving in the Virgins, and Other Poems (1970) was Brinnin's final collection of published poetry, although he continued to tinker with a number of abandoned poems until his death.

In 1955 the Poetry Society of America awarded Brinnin its Gold Medal for Distinguished Service to Poetry. Following the publication of his Selected Poems in 1963, Brinnin was awarded the Centennial Medal for Distinction in Literature by his alma mater, the University of Michigan.

In addition to writing poetry, Brinnin edited a literary journal, Signatures (1936-1938), and compiled several anthologies of modern poetry. Brinnin's two popular works on transatlantic travel, The Sway of the Grand Saloon: A Social History of the North Atlantic (1971) and Beau Voyage: Life Aboard the Last Great Ships (1981), reflect his lifelong love of travel, particularly crossing the Atlantic on luxury liners.

John Malcolm Brinnin authored biographies of Gertrude Stein (The Third Rose, 1959) and Truman Capote (Truman Capote: Dear Heart, Old Buddy, 1986). His work, Sextet (1981), included biographical sketches of Truman Capote; Henri Cartier-Bresson; Elizabeth Bowen; Edith, Osbert, and Sacheverell Sitwell; Alice B. Toklas; and T. S. Eliot. In addition, he wrote a critical work on William Carlos Williams.

John Malcolm Brinnin died at his home in Key West, Florida, on June 25, 1998.

Kimon Friar

Born November 18, 1911 in Imrali, Turkey, Kimon Friar was naturalized as an American citizen in 1920. Friar attended the Art Institute of Chicago (1929), and Yale University (1932) before receiving a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1934. In 1939 he received an M.A. from the University of Michigan. He pursued additional graduate study at the State University of Iowa in 1940.

Kimon Friar is a poet, translator, editor, critic, and teacher. He taught at Adelphi College (1940-1945), Amherst College (1945-1946), New York University (1952-1953), and the University of Minnesota (1953-1954). He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, the University of Illinois, the University of Indiana, Ohio State University, and other universities and institutions in Greece and South America.

Friar has translated and edited a variety of works by Greek poets and writers, including Nikos Kazantzakis, Theodore Roubanis, Miltos Sahtouris, Odysseus Elytis, Takis Sinopoulos, Yannis Ritsos, Manolis Anagnostakis and Kostas Kindinis. One of his most notable works is his translation of Nikos Kazantzakis' epic poem, "Odhisia," as The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel.

While he was Director of the YMHA Poetry Center (1944-1947) Friar edited The Poetry Center Presents (1947), an anthology of material presented at the New York center. Also in the 1940s he co-edited with Brinnin the anthology, Modern Poetry: American and British (1951).

He has contributed articles, poems, and translations to American and Greek newspapers and periodicals, including Poetry, Saturday Review, New Republic, New York Times Book Review, Quarterly Review of Literature, Books Abroad, Chicago Review, and Atlantic. In addition he was founder and editor of Charioteer (1960-1962) and Greek Heritage (1963-1965).


Evory, Ann (ed.). Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Volume 1. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1981. p. 72.

Gerber, Philip L. "John Malcolm Brinnin." Dictionary of Literary Biography Volume 48: American Poets, 1880-1945, Second Series. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1986. pp. 52-57.

Locher, Frances Carol (ed.). Contemporary Authors Volumes 85-88. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1980. pp. 189-190.

Scope and Content Note

The John Malcolm Brinnin-Kimon Friar Correspondence consists of four linear feet of material, spanning the dates 1933-1988, with the bulk of the material during the years 1936-1950. The collection comprises correspondence, photographs, two phonograph recordings, autograph and typescript poems and short stories. The material was collected by Kimon Friar, a close friend of Brinnin during the 1930s and 1940s.

The bulk of the material (8 boxes) consists of Brinnin's letters to Kimon Friar. Enclosed in some of these letters are photographs and poetry written by Brinnin. The collection also contains two boxes of letters from Friar to Brinnin, of which about forty are originals and 350 are carbon copies. A small number of letters from other individuals to Brinnin or Friar is also included.

The collection also contains two phonograph recordings of Brinnin reading his poetry as well as photographs of Friar and Brinnin. Two boxes of poetry and other writing by Brinnin comprise the remainder of the collection. Most of the poems were published in Brinnin's The Garden Is Political (1942), The Lincoln Lyrics (1942), No Arch, No Triumph (1945), and The Sorrows of Cold Stone (1951).

This collection complements the John Malcolm Brinnin Papers also held by the University of Delaware Library in Special Collections. The correspondence between Friar and Brinnin details their personal lives and special friendship, their academic pursuits, their creative writing, and their interactions with other literary persons.

The Brinnin manuscripts represent examples of his early writing. They include his entry for the Hopwood Award at the University of Michigan in 1938, "Want Is Wisdom Enough," and the poems for his first published book The Garden Is Political (1942). This collection will be invaluable for scholars studying the work of Brinnin, Friar, or contemporary poets.

Arrangement Note

The John Malcolm Brinnin-Kimon Friar Correspondence is organized into three groups of material: correspondence, manuscripts, and phonograph recordings. Some manuscripts of poetry are also located with the letters in which they were enclosed. These groups reflect the general arrangement of the material as it was received.

Series I. Correspondence has three subseries consisting of the letters of Brinnin, Friar, and others. Within the subseries the letters are arranged chronologically.

Series II. Manuscripts by John Malcolm Brinnin consists of poetry, short stories, and a speech by Brinnin. The series is arranged alphabetically by title of the work.

Series III. Phonograph Recordings of John Malcolm Brinnin consists of two phonograph records of Brinnin reading his poetry.

Series Outline

  Series List
I.   Correspondence, 1936-1988

     1.  Brinnin's Letters to Friar, 1936-1988
     2.  Friar's Letters to Brinnin, 1936-1988
     3.  Other Correspondence to Brinnin or Friar, 1936-1954

II.  Manuscripts by John Malcolm Brinnin, [1936-1942]

     "Blood of a Poet," [n.d.]
     "Ecologue For Dancers," [n.d.]
     The Garden Is Political, 1936-1942
     "The Late Summer," [n.d.]
     The Lincoln Lyrics, [1938-1942]
     "Poet As a Political Man," [n.d.]
     "The Rebel," [n.d.]
     "Tall With a Shadow," [n.d.]
     "The Voyaging," 1942

III.  Phonograph Recordings of John Malcolm Brinnin, 1944

Contents List

Box -- Folder -- Contents

1         Series I.  Correspondence, 1936-1988.
               Correspondence consists of letters from Brinnin to Friar,
               letters and carbons copies of letters from Friar to Brinnin,
               and a small number of letters from others to Brinnin or
               Friar.  The other correspondents include Philip Garman,
               Robert Herring, Mary Lynt, and John Thompson.  Enclosed in
               some of Brinnin's letters are  photographs and poems.  The
               carbon copies of Friar's letters are frequently on the verso
               of manuscripts of his poetry or other work.  The titles of
               poems by Brinnin or Friar which are included in the letters
               are listed for each folder.     

          Series I.1.  John Malcolm Brinnin's Letters to Kimon
               Friar, 1936-1988.
               The letters of Brinnin to Friar detail his close friendship
               to Friar, his college experiences, his writing projects, and
               other literary and personal information.  Some letters have
               photographs and original poems included.  Letters written in
               1936 discuss his trip to Russia and later letters provide a
               sense of his love of travel.  His letters discuss literary
               figures whom he met or admired, including W. H. Auden and
               Djuna Barnes.  A few letters discuss Dylan Thomas, Truman
               Capote, John Ciardi, Arthur Miller, Oscar Miller, Howard
               Moss, John Thompson, and others.  Poems listed in the
               folders are by Brinnin unless otherwise noted.
               The material is in chronological order.

     F1   1936 May-Jul
          Includes letters written from Russia describing his

     F2   1936 Aug-Sep

     F3   1936 Oct-Nov
          Includes an untitled poem with the first line: "Iron
          autumn returns," signed by Brinnin.

2    F4   1937 Jan-May
          Includes the Ts poem, "Before the Spring," and two
          untitled poems with the first lines: "Burst now the
          soft explosives spring..." and "Has April's infallible

     F5   1937 Jun-Jul

     F6   1937 Aug 4-16

     F7   1937 Aug 17-31

     F8   1937 Sep-Dec and [1937]

3         Series I.  Correspondence (cont'd)
          Series I.1.  Brinnin to Friar (cont'd)

     F9   1938 Jan-Jul 18
          Includes five poems: "Dissertation on Kimon's Eyes" (dated January
          8, 1938), "Emily Dickinson: A Visit in 1938," "Sonnets From a
          Province I," "Sonnets From a Province II," and "Sonnets From A
          Province III."

     F10  1938 Jul 19-Sept 5
          Includes two Ts poems: "The Years," and "Poem On the First of
          September" (dated 9/5/38 with an autograph note to Friar).

     F11  1938 Apr-Jul

     F12  1939 Aug-Sep 18
          Includes three pages of untitled poems numbered II, VIII, XVI, and

     F13  1939 Sep 19-Oct
          Includes two Ts poems which were included in The Lincoln Lyrics
          titled: "Shinglers in Moonlight" and "The Waiting Room."

     F14  1939 Nov-Dec
          Includes the Ts poem, "A Letter."

4    F15  1940 Jan-Aug
          Includes a clipping of Brinnin's poem, "A Letter," and a Ts of an
          untitled poem with the first line: "Now seem it fair, among the
          derelict" (inscribed to Kimon "from John somewhere in Michigan

     F16  1940 Mar
          Includes four Ts poems: "Lancelot on the 8:15," "Poem for the
          Birth of X," an untitled poem with the first line "Before the last
          plane west while there is hope," and "For a Refugee" (which bears
          the autograph note, "poems by a tired man J.").

     F17  1940 Apr
          Includes three Ts poems: "The Meeting" (signed), "A Foreward," and
          "Testament in the Fifth Year" (signed).

     F18  1940 May

     F19  1940 Jun-Jul 10

     F20  1940 Jul 10-Aug

5    F21  1940 Sep-Oct
          Includes five Ts poems: "Serenade in Pulse-Beats" (with autograph
          revisions by Friar), "Communiques," "By the Lake" (signed),
          "Letter to Statues," and "Theatre of One" (signed).

5         Series I.  Correspondence (cont'd)
          Series I.1.  Brinnin to Friar (cont'd)

     F22  1940 Nov
          Includes three Ts poems: "Pleasures of History," "Waiting," and
          "Emerson: An Autumnal."  Also includes an autograph poem, "Letter
          to Kimon," which is dated 11/19/40 and signed.

     F23  1940 Dec and [1940]
          Includes Ts and Ts (carbon) copies of two poems: "At the Museum"
          and "Sunday Afternoon."  The carbon copies bear the autograph
          notes of Friar.

     F24  1941 Jan-Feb
          Includes a clipping of a Dance review by Brinnin and the Ts poem,
          "Sonnets for a Life Mask," which bears autograph notes by Friar
          and Brinnin.  Also includes a Ts of untitled sonnets numbered VI,
          VII, and VIII, which bear an autograph note by Brinnin.

     F25  1941 Mar-Apr
          Includes the Ts poem, "Strangers: A Nocturne," inscribed to Friar
          from Brinnin.

     F26  1941 May-Aug
          Includes two Ts poems: "At the Piano" and "Lament of the Extra

     F27  1941 Sep-Oct

     F28  1941 Nov-Dec and [1941]
          Includes two Ts poems: "Poem" and "A Treatise for This Year." 
          Also includes the Ts (carbon) poem, "The Transatlantic Heart."

6    F29  1942 Jan-Feb
          Includes five Ts poems: "Summer," "Summer As a Fair," "For Wystan
          As Medusa," "Winter Term," and "A Winter Tale."

     F30  1942 Mar-Apr
          Includes a Ts (carbon) of the WQXR radio interview of Brinnin by
          Eve Merriam titled "Out of the Ivory Tower" (dated April 2, 1942).

     F31  1942 May-Jun

     F32  1942 Jul-Sep

     F33  1942 Oct-Dec and [1942]
          Includes five Ts poems: "The Cafe Underground," "Frontiers,"
          "Views of the Favorite Colleges," "Mardi Gras," and "Easter in the

7         Series I.  Correspondence (cont'd)
          Series I.1.  Brinnin to Friar (cont'd)

     F34  1943 Jan-Feb

     F35  1943 Mar-Apr

     F36  1943 May-Jun
          Includes an untitled Ts poem with the first line: "Too many towers
          are surrendered down."

     F37  1943 Jul-Dec
          Includes the Ts poem, "Love in Particular," inscribed to Friar
          from Brinnin.

     F38  1944 Jan-Mar

     F39  1944 Apr-Dec

     F40  1945

     F41  1946
          Includes three Ts poems: "The Wind Is Ill," "Fetes, Fates," and
          "Around the Egg."

8    F42  1947

     F43  1948

     F44  1949

     F45  [1940s]

     F46  1950-1958
          Includes letters which discuss the death of Dylan Thomas.

     F47  1960-1973

     F48  1983-1988

     F49  [n.d.]
          Includes three photographs of Brinnin, one of which is
          dated 1933 and taken at Bogersville, Tenn.

9         Series I.  Correspondence (cont'd)

          Series I.2. Kimon Friar's Letters to John Malcolm
               Brinnin, 1936-1988.
               The series includes original and carbon copies of letters
               from Friar.  Friar writes about his friendship with Brinnin,
               his academic studies, his poetry writing, his teaching jobs,
               and other aspects of his personal and literary life.  Some
               of the letters discuss the anthology, Modern Poetry, on
               which he and Brinnin collaborated.  Some of the carbons are
               typed on the verso of manuscripts of his poetry or other
               writing.  The titles of his poems are listed with each
               folder. The material is in chronological order. 

     F50  1936 Jan-Jul
          Includes photographs.

     F51  1936 Aug-Sep
          Includes two Ts poems: "Revolutionary Love: An Intimate Mosaic"
          (with autograph note) and "What Is My Love."

     F52  1936 Oct
          Includes photographs of Brinnin and Friar and six Ts or autograph
          untitled poems.  Also includes two Ts poems: "Farewell All Simple
          Joys" and "To a Young American Poet Newly Returned From the

     F53  1937 Feb-May
          Includes one untitled autograph poem.

     F54  1937 Jul-Dec
          Includes a Ts (carbon) copy of Brinnin's poem, "The Ascent," and a
          Ts (carbon) of Friar's poem, "The Bruise."

     F55  [1936-1937]

     F56  1938
          Includes two Ts poems: "The Poet Questions His Symbols In a Time
          of Decision" (with autograph note "ok final version") and "What Is
          My Love" (with autograph revisions).  Also includes three Ts
          (carbon) poems: "What Is My Love," "Statement On Dictators," and
          "Farewell All Simple Joys."

     F57  1939
          Includes three Ts poems: "The Bruise," "Though With Ruinous
          Tongue," and "To Michael Robartes and Owen Aherne."  Also includes
          two untitled Ts poems.

10        Series I.  Correspondence (cont'd)
          Series I.2.  Friar to Brinnin (cont'd)

     F58  1940
          Includes letters written on the verso of class rosters, notes,
          agendas, letters to others, and Friar's vita.  Also includes the
          Ts poem, "To Michael Robartes and Owen Aherne," two untitled
          poems, and a Ts of "Scenario For the Nativity Production"

     F59  1941-1942
          Includes checks from Brinnin, carbons of letters to Brinnin typed
          on the verso of notes or letters to others.  Includes three Ts
          poems: "Though With Ruinous Tongue," "The Coronal," and "To
          Michael Robartes and Owen Aherne."  Also includes two untitled Ts

     F60  1943
          Includes letters on the verso of notes, academic papers, letters
          to others, and a bibliography.  Also includes two untitled Ts
          poems and one Ts poem, "Chimera in Spring."

     F61  1944-1945
          Includes letters to Brinnin written on the verso of letters to
          others, on drafts of letters to Brinnin, on notes about the poets
          in Modern Poetry, and also on parts of a paper by Friar on Yeats.

     F62  1946-1947
          Includes letters written on the verso of notes and on pages of the
          Ts (carbon) poem, "Albanian Campaign."

     F63  1948-1950
          Includes letters written on the verso of letters to others, notes,
          lists, translations, the preface for the anthology, notes about
          poets, and a biography of Nikos Kazantzakis.  Also includes two Ts
          poems:  "Terminal" and "The Bad Merchants."

     F64  1951-1959
          Includes letters written on the verso of portions of Friar's
          biography, on letters to others, and on poetry to be included in
          Modern Poetry.  Also includes the Ts (carbon) poem, "Prelude to An
          Evening," and the Ts (mimeograph) poem, "When Shrill Winds

     F65  1960-1975
          Includes letters written on the verso of autograph notes for the
          anthology, on a speaking itinerary, and on a translation of
          Dikteos' "Elousova."

     F66  1982-1988
          Includes letters written on the verso of biographical notes on
          Friar, on lecture announcements, on a mid-term exam, on an
          article, and on a photocopy of a poem by Ivar Ivask which is
          signed.  Also includes one Ts poem, "Symphony of the World

11        Series I.  Correspondence (cont'd)

          Series I.3.  Other Correspondence, 1936-1954.
               Includes letters from Philip Garman, Robert Herring, Mary
               Lynt, and John Thompson to John Malcolm Brinnin.  Also
               includes letters from Frances Brinnin, Harry Hoey, and Dino
               Friar to Kimon Friar.  In addition there is a letter from
               Friar to Ruth and William Chalmers, a Ts poem by Howard
               Moss, and three color drawings by Ankey Larrabee.

     F67  Philip Garman to Brinnin, 1936-1937
          Includes 10 letters from this friend.

     F68  Robert Herring to Brinnin, 1941
          Consists of one TLS from this editor of Life and
          Letters To-Day.

     F69  Mary Lynt to Brinnin, 1937
          Consists of eight letters from this friend.

     F70  John Thompson to Brinnin, 1936-1941
          Consists of seven letters from his friend and his co-editor of
          Signatures.  Also includes a Ts story by Thompson titled "Primer
          of Alarm."

     F71  Unidentified Correspondent to Brinnin, 1936 and 1942
          Includes a letter and two envelopes.

     F72  Others to Kimon Friar, 1938-1954
          Includes letters from Frances Brinnin (Brinnin's mother), Harry
          Hoey, "John," and Dino Friar.  Also includes three color drawings
          by Ankey Larrabee and a Ts poem by Howard Moss titled "The

     F73  Kimon Friar to Ruth and William Chalmers, 1936
          Consists of one letter.

     F74  Registrar of Unidentified School to Ruth E. 
          Brummerstedt, 1938

12        Series II.  Manuscripts by John Malcolm Brinnin, 1936-1942.
               Consists of autograph and typescript manuscripts of poetry,
               short stories, a portion of a play, and notes for a lecture. 
               Includes poetry for his books:  The Garden Is Political
               (1942), The Lincoln Lyrics (1942), No Arch, No Triumph
               (1945), and The Sorrows of Cold Stone (1951).  Material is
               arranged in alphabetical order by title.

     F75  "Blood of a Poet," [n.d.]
          Consists of a Ts copy of this short story.

12        Series II.  Manuscripts by Brinnin (cont'd)

     F76  "Ecologue for Dancers," [n.d.]
          Consists of a Ts with Ts corrections of this play.

     F77- The Garden Is Political, 1936-1942
     81   Consists of autograph and typescript drafts of poems, of bearing
          extensive autograph revisions.  Most of these poems were included
          in Brinnin's collection of poetry, The Garden Is Political (New
          York: The    Macmillan Co., 1942).  Many of these poems were  
          originally included in three volumes of poetry which   won Hopwood
          Prizes in Poetry at the University of   Michigan between 1938-1940.
          A few of these poems are also in No Arch, No Triumph and
          The Sorrows of Cold Stone.

          Folder 77 contains a set of poems with a cover sheet   bearing the
          title "Letter to Statues."  This had been Brinnin's original
          choice for the title of what became The Garden Is Political.  

          Folder 81 consists of a Ts (carbon) titled, "Want Is 
          Wisdom Enough."  This was Brinnin's 1938 entry for a
          Hopwood Award in Poetry.  Many of these poems were
          published in The Garden Is Political.  Laid in is a
          brief note from Robert Herring and four Ts poems:
          "Serenade in Pulse-Beats," "Death of This Death," "At
          the Airport," and "The Garden Is Political."

          All four folders of poems are in the original
          arrangement in which they were found.  There are
          numerous drafts of some poems.  Though a number of the
          poems are untitled, a list of the titled poems follows: 

               Address to the Refugees
               Afternoon of a Faun
               The Airport
               The Alps
               Alter Ego: The Human Geography
               Apres Midi
               The Ascent
               At the Airport
               At the Band Concert
               At the Museum
               At the Piano
               Band Concert
               The Baltic
               By the Lake
               By the Sea
               Cadillac Square
               The Children
               The Cove
               Cross Roads

12        Series II.  Manuscripts by Brinnin (cont'd)

     F77-81  The Garden Is Political (cont'd)
               The Dance of X
               Death, His Contending Angel
               Death of this Death
               A Devotion for John Milton
               The Devotion for John Milton
               Dissertation on Whose Eyes
               Double Ballade of the Card People
               Elegy for One of Us
               The Evening
               Every Earthly Creature
               For a Boy Who Died in Spain
               For Kimon
               For Wystan as Medusa
               From Kevus to Kitty Hawk
               The Garden Is Political
               The Georgian House
               Harvard 7, Dartmouth 0
               A High Pink Room
               Imperial Gesture for Martha Graham
               In Dreams Parade Responsibilities
               Inside the Airship
               Islands, A Song
               January 1942
               John the Baptist
               The Lake
               Lament for the Daughters of Music
               Lament of the Extra Angel
               The Late Summer
               A Letter
               Letter to Eugene Langston
               Letter to Kimon
               Letter to Mexico
               Letter to Robert Campbell
               Letter to Statues
               Letter to the Marie Nicholson
               A Litany of Friends
               A Marginal
               The Marginal Dark
               The Marginal Field
               Martha Graham: A Dedication
               The Meeting
               Mortality is Torches
               New People in a Rugged Territory
               New Year's Eve
               The News of Love
               On a Life Mask
               On a Photograph of Dancers

12        Series II.  Manuscripts of Brinnin (cont'd)

     F77-81    The Garden Is Political (cont'd)
               On the Removal of the Corpse of Lenin
               The Parting
               The Photograph & Swans
               Pleasures of History
               Poet & Sea
               Poem for the Birth of X
               Poland Holiday
               Prologue to a Legend
               The Queen of Our
               The Rocks
               Rowing in Lincoln Park
               Sea Sources
               Serenade in Pulse-Beats
               Shelly, Memorial
               Sit-down Strike
               Sonnets for a Mask
               The Statement
               The Strait of Belle Isle
               Summer As a Fair
               Sunday Afternoon
               The Swan: A Portrait
               Testament in the Fifth Year
               The Theatre of One
               To the Light House
               The Transatlantic Heart
               Travelog (L. W.)
               A Treatise for This Year
               The Tyranny of Optimism
               Valentine Abstract
               Vermont: 7 p.m.
               The View
               A Visiting Card for Emily
               Who Like a Dialect
               You, Ancestor

13   F82  "The Late Summer," [n.d.]
          Consists of a Ts (carbon) of this short story.

          Series II.  Manuscripts by Brinnin (cont'd)

     F83-  The Lincoln Lyrics, [1938-1942]
     86    Includes four manuscripts for The Lincoln Lyrics
           (Norfolk, Conn.: New Directions, 1942).  Each
           manuscript varies in content and arrangement. 

     F83  The Lincoln Lyrics, [1938-1942]
          Consists of a Ts (carbon) which bears autograph revisions.  It
          includes five poems deleted from the book.  Deleted poems include
          "Cry Havoc!," "The President's Waiting Room," "The Surrender,"
          "Tad Lincoln: Easter Sunday, 1865," and a different version of the
          poem, "End of a War."

     F84  The Lincoln Lyrics, [1938-1942]
          Consists of Ts and Ts (carbon) pages which bear few autograph
          revisions.  This manuscript is incomplete.

     F85  The Lincoln Lyrics, [1938-1942]
          Consists of a Ts (carbon) which bears few autograph revisions. 
          There appears to be no arrangement to the poems. 

     F86  The Lincoln Lyrics, [1938-1942]
          Consists of a Ts (carbon) of a manuscript titled "The Lincoln
          Lyrics and Others."  Using the pseudonym, Louis Warner, Brinnin
          submitted this manuscript for the Major Contest in the category of
          Poetry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  The Lincoln
          Lyrics section of the manuscript is missing two poems, "Prologue"
          and "The Statement," which appear in the published book.

     F87  "Poet As Political Man," [n.d.]
          Consists of seven pages of Ts and autograph notes for a lecture on
          poetry, including his poems.

     F88  "The Rebel," [n.d.]
          Consists of a Ts of a short story, which bears a few autograph

     F89  "Tall With a Shadow," [n.d.]
          Consists of a Ts with autograph notes of this play (incomplete). 

     F90  "The Voyaging," 1942
          Consists of a seven page autograph poem.  The title page bears the
          autograph note: "To Kimon for his birthday and always-John,
          November 18, 1942."


Material shelved in the Oversize Section

          Series III.  Phonograph Recordings of John Malcolm
               Brinnin, 1944.
               Consists of two phonograph recordings of Brinnin reading his
               poetry.  The recording was edited by Associate Professor F.
               C. Packard and produced by The Harvard Film Service for The
               Harvard Vocarium Records.  It was recorded for The Poetry
               Room, Harvard College Library in Cambridge, Mass.

     F91  Phonograph Recordings, 1944
          Record 1:
          Side 1 (P1110, H.F.S. 1899) includes two poems from
          The Garden Is Political: "Every Earthly Creature" and
          "Rowing in Lincoln Park." 

          Side 2 (P1111, H.F.S 2901) includes two poems from
          No Arch, No Triumph: "A Salient of War" and "For My
          Pupils in the War Years."

          Record 2:
          Side 1 (P1112, H.F.S. 2903) includes one poem, "Second
          Sight," from No Arch, No Triumph. 

          Side 2 (P1113, H.F.S. 2905) includes two poems which
          were published in 1951 in Sorrows of Cold Stone: "Love
          in Particular" and "Views of the Favorite Colleges."

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